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Shirley H. White

December 9, 1935 — December 27, 2022

Shirley Ann Harrison White, 87, of Benton, departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at her home surrounded by her beloved family.

She was born on December 9, 1935, in Stanton, Kentucky to the late William F. and Elsie Vance Harrison Sr. and was a lifelong member at First Presbyterian Church of Stanton. After graduation from high school, she received her bachelor's degree in 1958 from Berea College in Berea, KY., majoring in home economics. Upon completing her studies, she then traveled to Benton, Tennessee, where she became employed with the Polk County Department of Education.  Mrs. White had the blessing of educating hundreds of students throughout her career, was a faithful and dedicated pianist/soloist at Benton United Methodist Church, and was a passionate supporter of the Kentucky Wildcats, Tennessee Lady Vols, and Polk County Wildcats.

She met the love of her life, W.K. "Toddy" White while excursioning the roads along Lake Ocoee, and together they traveled the world following The Big Orange for over 60 years with a few of their dearest friends. Along with being a well loved educator, pianist/soloist, and traveler, being a mother, sister, daughter, and nana was her true life's pleasure.

She was the faithful and devout wife of 61 years to W.K. "Toddy" White; beloved mother of Lisa W. (John) Beard, and Jennifer W. (Charlie) Qualls; cherished Nana to Tracy W. Beard, Tucker "Tuck" Beard and Kristin Bastian, Ryan N. Qualls and Nikki Dean, and Stephanie Q. (Alex) Akins; great-granddaughters, Ivy Grace and Emma Ann Qualls; beloved brothers, William F. "Billy" (Davona) Harrison Jr., and Henry C. (Brenda) Harrison. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends also survive.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at Benton United Methodist Church, with her brothers, Billy and Henry Harrison officiating.

Family and friends will gather from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Benton United Methodist Church, 135 Highland Dr., Benton, TN 37307.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Nikki Dean and Laken Lankford for their dedicated and compassionate care throughout Shirley's final days.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.HigginsFuneral.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Higgins Funeral Home of Benton.

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Service Schedule

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Gathering of Friends and Family

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Benton United Methodist Church

135 Highland Dr, Benton, TN 37307

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Celebration of Life

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Benton United Methodist Church

135 Highland Dr, Benton, TN 37307

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