Doris Marie Laws White Carpenter, 84, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Waddell Nursing Home.
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She was born June 5, 1930, in Durham, N.C., to the late Floyd Maurice Laws and Emma Jane Miller Laws.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother; and brothers and sister, Donald, Jim and Nancy.
Doris was a 1948 graduate of Durham High School and attended Radford College.
She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Galax.
She married Hubert Stuart White Jr. on Nov. 12, 1955, and was married for 40 years until his death in 1995.
Survivors of this marriage are Sarah Jane White Keene of Johnson City, Tenn., and Hubert Stuart White III, of Fairfax, Va.; and two grandchildren, Jacob Drake Keene and Jesse Stuart Keene both of Johnson City, Tenn.
On May 20, 2000, Doris married William Perry Carpenter of Raleigh, N.C., formerly of Durham. They had attended Durham High School together and found each other at their 50th high school reunion. They married two years later and shared a happy life together until Alzheimer's took over the life of Jack. Doris cared for him with love as she did her "Whitey Darling." She always felt she was lucky to have had two very special husbands in her life.
Survivors also include brother, Jerry Laws and wife Shirley Ann of Sparta, N.C.; niece, Carolyn Morhous and husband Larry of Bluefield, W.Va.; nephew, Dr. Allen Laws of Galax, Va., and wife Ames Cameron; sister-in-law, Doris M. Laws of Bluefield, W.Va.; two great-nephews; three great nieces; special cousins, Bobby and Jean Miller of Caldwell Community, Orange County, N.C.; special friend, Virginia Baumgardner of Fries; and three stepchildren and their families.
At the request of Doris, she will be cremated.
A private graveside service for family and very close friends will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Felts Cemetery.
At her requests, she suggests that in her memory, you visit a shut-in or a nursing home.
She found so many people who have no one and that a brief "Hello" meant so much to them. She made many friends during Jack's stay at Waddell Nursing Home and the residents and staff sustained her during a difficult time. They were truly FAMILY.
Give and you shall receive. A smile goes a long way in bringing happiness into someone's life. She wishes to thank her church family for their support and love extended to "Whitey" and Jack and to her during their illness. She remembered all who supported her during "Whitey's" and Jack's illnesses. She was blessed with dear friends and their love and support. She cherished her children and was so proud of them and the beautiful memories they shared.
A beautiful life has ended but hopefully her love for family and friends will be remembered.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 306 West Center Street, Galax, Va. 24333.
A guestbook is available online at www.vaughanguynn.com.
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home - Galax
201 West Center Street Galax, VA 24333
Published in Galax Gazette from Aug. 15 to Aug. 17, 2014