OBITUARY

Donna B. White

March 25, 1947April 29, 2021
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Donna B. White, 74, of Courtland, MS passed away at her home peacefully in the arms of her loving husband Gerald on April 29, 2021.

Donna was born March 25, 1947. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford H. Baucom and Martha Murphree Baucom, a stepson, Travis Wade White and a nephew, Stephen Michael Rowe.

She graduated from Westside HS in 1965 and then attended UT Martin in 1966 where she met James T. Penna. They married April 7, 1967 and had two children, Jennifer Susanne and James Michael.

She had training for American Family Life Insurance which today is known as AFLAC, where she passed her state insurance test and was licensed to sell. She was a OR surgical tech at St. Joseph Hospital in the late 60's and 70's. She then went to work at Memphis Fire Communications Bureau as a 911 dispatcher from 1980 to 1995. This is where she met her husband, Gerald. They married November 19, 1982, gaining 4 more children, Angie, Wayne, John and Travis.

In 1995 she went to work for Panola County Sheriff's office as a dispatcher where she retired in 2014.

She was a Daughters of the Nile Member with the Shriners Foundation, where her husband is a Shriner. She enjoyed riding motorcycles with her Asphalt Seekers group and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. She will forever be greatly missed and once again joined with her sweet Lily at the rainbow bridge.

Donna is survived by her loving husband, Gerald W White. Her children Jennifer Lawhorn (Scott), Michael Penna (MarthaAnne), Angie White (Chuck), Wayne White, John White (Rhonda).

Her grandchildren: Peyton Carter, Garrett Penna, Courtney White, Brandon Lonkar, Faith White, Dylan White, Makaylin White, Beckett White, Hanna Lawhorn, Olivia Lawhorn, Brenna Anderson, Ian Anderson, Savannah Jordan, Branson Jordan and Blake Allen. Her Great Grandchild, Lennox Wayne Carter.

Her Siblings: Jane Baucom Rowe and Guy Wyndel Baucom.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in memory of Donna B. White to Daughters of the Nile Foundation www.donfdn.org or Memphis Fire Fighters Association Foundation, 5150 Stage Road #103, Bartlett, Tn 38134.

  • FAMILY

  • Clifford H. Baucom and Martha Murphree Baucom, Parents (deceased)
  • Travis Wade White, Stepson (deceased)
  • Stephen Michael Rowe, Nephew (deceased)
  • Gerald W. White, Loving Husband
  • Jennifer Lawhorn (Scott), Michael Penna (MarthaAnne), Angie White (Chuck), Wayne White, John White (Rhonda), Children
  • Peyton Carter, Garrett Penna, Courtney White, Brandon Lonkar, Faith White, Dylan White, Makaylin White, Beckett White, Hanna Lawhorn, Olivia Lawhorn, Brenna Anderson, Ian Anderson, Savannah Jordan, Branson Jordan and Blake Allen, Grandchildren
  • Lennox Wayne Carter, Great Grandchild
  • Jane Baucom Rowe and Guy Wyndel Baucom, Siblings
  • DONATIONS

  • Daughters of the Nile Foundation
  • Memphis Fire Fighters Association Foundation,

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 15, 2021

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Fonda Messer

May 12, 2021

There are so many memories of this great lady .We have been BFF for years .She worked so hard for the shriners children . Oxford shriners - Batesvill ladies -Daughters of The Nile .She always said I was great at volunteering her for the many things we do for the Shrine children.And that is because she put her whole heart into it .To her nothing was to hard when it came to earning money for the hospital .She truly had a charitable heart made of gold .If you where lucky enough to have her as a friend as I was then you know how much she is missed.Hugs to her family and prayers during this hard time.

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Biography

Donna B. White, 74, of Courtland, MS passed away at her home peacefully in the arms of her loving husband Gerald on April 29, 2021.

Donna was born March 25, 1947. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford H. Baucom and Martha Murphree Baucom, a stepson, Travis Wade White and a nephew, Stephen Michael Rowe.

She graduated from Westside HS in 1965 and then attended UT Martin in 1966 where she met James T. Penna. They married April 7, 1967 and had two children, Jennifer Susanne and James Michael.

She had training for American Family Life Insurance which today is known as AFLAC, where she passed her state insurance test and was licensed to sell. She was a OR surgical tech at St. Joseph Hospital in the late 60's and 70's. She then went to work at Memphis Fire Communications Bureau as a 911 dispatcher from 1980 to 1995. This is where she met her husband, Gerald. They married November 19, 1982, gaining 4 more children, Angie, Wayne, John and Travis.

In 1995 she went to work for Panola County Sheriff's office as a dispatcher where she retired in 2014.

She was a Daughters of the Nile Member with the Shriners Foundation, where her husband is a Shriner. She enjoyed riding motorcycles with her Asphalt Seekers group and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. She will forever be greatly missed and once again joined with her sweet Lily at the rainbow bridge.

Donna is survived by her loving husband, Gerald W White. Her children Jennifer Lawhorn (Scott), Michael Penna (MarthaAnne), Angie White (Chuck), Wayne White, John White (Rhonda).

Her grandchildren: Peyton Carter, Garrett Penna, Courtney White, Brandon Lonkar, Faith White, Dylan White, Makaylin White, Beckett White, Hanna Lawhorn, Olivia Lawhorn, Brenna Anderson, Ian Anderson, Savannah Jordan, Branson Jordan and Blake Allen. Her Great Grandchild, Lennox Wayne Carter.

Her Siblings: Jane Baucom Rowe and Guy Wyndel Baucom.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in memory of Donna B. White to Daughters of the Nile Foundation www.donfdn.org or Memphis Fire Fighters Association Foundation, 5150 Stage Road #103, Bartlett, Tn 38134.