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Paula Ann White
June 15, 1958 -
February 3, 2024

Visitation

February 6, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Service 

February 7, 2024
1:00 PM

Interment

February 7, 2024
Obituary

Paula Ann White, 65, of Fayetteville, Tennessee, peacefully passed away on February 3, 2024, at her residence with her husband and son by her side after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was a loving wife and mother.

Paula was preceded in death by her father William Gale Ward and niece Jessica Simmons.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years Richard White; son, Keith (Nicole) White; mother, Jean Ward; sisters, Sarah George, Brandi (Chris) Barnes; and several nieces and nephews.

Paula was born on June 15, 1958, in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Paula grew up in the Shady Grove community. She attended Flintville High School where she was the Salutatorian of the 1976 graduating class. Shortly after graduating high school, Paula went to work at Wyle Laboratories in Huntsville, AL. In 1984 Paula and her husband Rick opened a Kawasaki and Suzuki motorcycle dealership in Pulaski, TN. In 1988 they moved the dealership to the “Park City Hill” in Fayetteville and would soon rename as White’s Motorsports and also add Yamaha to their product line. They enjoyed a long career working together in the motorcycle dealership, retiring from the business in 2007. Paula was also co-owner of AAA Communications, an authorized Verizon Wireless retailer, in Fayetteville TN, and later managed the store starting in 2013 before she fully retired in 2016. After retiring, Paula loved to travel with her husband and take road trips through the country. Paula was a devout Christian and member of the Washington Street Church of Christ. She was loved by anyone she met and will be deeply missed by her friends and family.

Funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Washington Street Church of Christ, with Bro. Jim Black and Bro. Charles Abernathy officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5 PM until 8 PM on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Washington Street Church of Christ.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Paula Ann White.

Video Services

15 Comments

  1. Delane Grissom

    What a wonderful sister in law you were . You were always so caring and loving to all of us and you spoiled everyone with kindness . Thank you for all the sweet memories we have and will hold dear . Prayers for my brother and Keith and Nicole and all of your family in the coming days . We all loved you dearly .

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  2. Judy Kite McLeod

    Sending thoughts and prayers. Went to Flintville with Paula, she was always so sweet and soft- spoken.

    Reply
  3. Connie Arnold

    Tribute to Paula Ann Ward White Paula today we said our goodbye. I just wanted to tell you how proud you would have been with all the love and kindness that was shown to your family. Your visitation so many friends were there stood in line for an hour you had so many pretty flowers and gifts. I know you was worried about your mom but she held up ok. You had a beautiful funeral bro Black knew you well too. He spoke so highly of you what a loving kind always giving person you were singing was pretty and Rebecca sung beautifully. Keith told what a great mother you had always been. keith got your grit not a dry eye. Nicole did a perfect job doing your video and said you were the best mother in law a girl could have. Your church family had a dinner for the family after your service it was nice they served your green punch from granny Pauline’s punch bowl. Paula your life was cut short but you had a wonderful life you had a wonderful marriage and y’all raised a good son he said he was a mama boy and didn’t care who knew it. We know you suffered awful but as Rick said you’re not in no more pain we are living without you. You gain your wings to watch over those grand babies and we are going to help spoil them too. RIP till we meet again. Love you Connie

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  4. Anthony & Kay Honey

    Dear White Family, We are sadden to hear of Paula’s passing. Prayers for comfort. Anthony & Kay Honey

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  5. Pamela Vessell Weeks

    Jean, Ricky and Keith, my heart is heavy as i write these words of sympathy. Paula was taken from you much too soon. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  6. Carolyn Quick Thomas

    I’m so sorry for this family loss. Paula was a beloved classmate of mine. I will always remember her kindness!

    Reply
  7. Ric

    The love of my life, Thank You for sharing your life with me.

    Reply
  8. Robin Daniel Shelton

    Seems like I’ve known Paula all my life. She is my dear friend’s sister. She was always quiet but so kind in her words and actions. I’m so sorry for such a loss.

    Reply
  9. Marcella scott

    Ms. Jean,
    Sending our deepest condolences to you and family

    Roy and Marcella Scott

    Reply
  10. Connie Arnold

    My hearts breaking for Paula’s family. I loved Paula we grew up like sisters. I know she would have been a great grandmother. My prayers are with Rick and Keith love to you both. Connie

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  11. DeLois O'Neal Thompson

    Ricky and Family,
    May God be with you and the family. I know Paula will be missed.

    Reply
  12. Heather Hamlin Brown

    Ricky,

    Sending love and prayers to you all during this time. I’m so sorry to hear of Paula’s passing.

    Reply
  13. Karen Gilliam

    My heart was saddened to learn of your loss. Please know you are all in my prayers for comfort and understanding now and in the days ahead.

    Reply
  14. Jane Warner

    Such a sweet lady. Always had a smile for everyone.

    Reply
  15. Ola Archer

    My deepest sympathies and condolences to Paula’s family. Have many fond memories of working with Paula on the FHSchool Annual as I was the editor for the class of ’75 and I believe she was the editor for ’76. May she rest in eternal peace. Ola

    Reply

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15 Comments

  1. Delane Grissom

    What a wonderful sister in law you were . You were always so caring and loving to all of us and you spoiled everyone with kindness . Thank you for all the sweet memories we have and will hold dear . Prayers for my brother and Keith and Nicole and all of your family in the coming days . We all loved you dearly .

    Reply
  2. Judy Kite McLeod

    Sending thoughts and prayers. Went to Flintville with Paula, she was always so sweet and soft- spoken.

    Reply
  3. Connie Arnold

    Tribute to Paula Ann Ward White Paula today we said our goodbye. I just wanted to tell you how proud you would have been with all the love and kindness that was shown to your family. Your visitation so many friends were there stood in line for an hour you had so many pretty flowers and gifts. I know you was worried about your mom but she held up ok. You had a beautiful funeral bro Black knew you well too. He spoke so highly of you what a loving kind always giving person you were singing was pretty and Rebecca sung beautifully. Keith told what a great mother you had always been. keith got your grit not a dry eye. Nicole did a perfect job doing your video and said you were the best mother in law a girl could have. Your church family had a dinner for the family after your service it was nice they served your green punch from granny Pauline’s punch bowl. Paula your life was cut short but you had a wonderful life you had a wonderful marriage and y’all raised a good son he said he was a mama boy and didn’t care who knew it. We know you suffered awful but as Rick said you’re not in no more pain we are living without you. You gain your wings to watch over those grand babies and we are going to help spoil them too. RIP till we meet again. Love you Connie

    Reply
  4. Anthony & Kay Honey

    Dear White Family, We are sadden to hear of Paula’s passing. Prayers for comfort. Anthony & Kay Honey

    Reply
  5. Pamela Vessell Weeks

    Jean, Ricky and Keith, my heart is heavy as i write these words of sympathy. Paula was taken from you much too soon. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  6. Carolyn Quick Thomas

    I’m so sorry for this family loss. Paula was a beloved classmate of mine. I will always remember her kindness!

    Reply
  7. Ric

    The love of my life, Thank You for sharing your life with me.

    Reply
  8. Robin Daniel Shelton

    Seems like I’ve known Paula all my life. She is my dear friend’s sister. She was always quiet but so kind in her words and actions. I’m so sorry for such a loss.

    Reply
  9. Marcella scott

    Ms. Jean,
    Sending our deepest condolences to you and family

    Roy and Marcella Scott

    Reply
  10. Connie Arnold

    My hearts breaking for Paula’s family. I loved Paula we grew up like sisters. I know she would have been a great grandmother. My prayers are with Rick and Keith love to you both. Connie

    Reply
  11. DeLois O'Neal Thompson

    Ricky and Family,
    May God be with you and the family. I know Paula will be missed.

    Reply
  12. Heather Hamlin Brown

    Ricky,

    Sending love and prayers to you all during this time. I’m so sorry to hear of Paula’s passing.

    Reply
  13. Karen Gilliam

    My heart was saddened to learn of your loss. Please know you are all in my prayers for comfort and understanding now and in the days ahead.

    Reply
  14. Jane Warner

    Such a sweet lady. Always had a smile for everyone.

    Reply
  15. Ola Archer

    My deepest sympathies and condolences to Paula’s family. Have many fond memories of working with Paula on the FHSchool Annual as I was the editor for the class of ’75 and I believe she was the editor for ’76. May she rest in eternal peace. Ola

    Reply

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