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Obituary: Mary Esther White, 80, of Kirby


Mary Esther White, age 80, of Kirby, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

She was born on May 6, 1937 in Kirby, the daughter of Carl Tolleson and Lottie Johnson Tolleson. On September 2, 1954, she was married to Harloe C. White who preceded her in death on February 8, 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her great-granddaughter, Charlotte Latham; her brother, J. C. Tolleson; and her infant sister, Hazel Maxine Tolleson.

Mary was a retired teacher from Kirby Public Schools and it was a work she thoroughly enjoyed. She was a member of the Kirby Church of Christ where her husband, Harloe, was a minister for 57 years. She enjoyed listening to country music, watching Wheel of Fortune and her nightly serving of ice cream. She loved to travel and had made 26 states, as well as Canada.

She is survived by two children and their spouses, Stanley and Ellen White of Texarkana, Texas and Myra and Bob Ligon of Kirby; five grandchildren, Ann Derrick, Molly Latham, Sarah Hardage, Mary Davis and Mark Ligon; six great-grandchildren, Wesley, Eli, Tyler, Maverick, Maci and Georgia; four sisters, Janice Ward of Murfreesboro, Kate Buck, Patsy Foshee and Brenda Mason, all of Kirby; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 23, 2017, in the Kirby Church of Christ with Buddy Ray, Bill Golden and Pete Pedron officiating.

Visitation was held from 2:00 PM until service time, at the church.

Interment was in Ebenezer Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.

Pallbearers were Gib King, J Ray White, Max Easter, Eddie Pipkins, Randy Johnson, Joe Lee Buford, Bill Tolleson and Brent Turner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, % Arkansas Children’s Foundation, 1 Children’s Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 or to the charity of your choice.

Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

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