MCCLELLAN, VIRGINIA KATHERINE WHITE - age 93, a lifelong native of Knoxville, died peacefully Thursday, May 29, 2014. She was born on August 19, 1920, to the late Edith and Walter Bruce Perry, the youngest of three daughters. Katherine graduated from Carter High School and married Audley David White Jr. (Popo) another Knoxville native, in May 1941. Their early married life found them living in Florida, Illinois, Alabama, and California courtesy of the Army Air Corps. In 1945, they returned to Knoxville and spent the next 50 years of their lives actively participating in their community. Katherine was a member of Central Baptist Bearden, a Brownie leader for Troop 73, active in the PTA's of Bearden and West Hills Elementary Schools, and a past president of the Akima Club (where she was instrumental in getting funding for the first Children's Museum in Chilhowee Park). She was a fan of horse racing; a competitive card player (bridge and poker), the family photographer (an understatement), the primary driver for Popo, a member of the Sew and So Club (almost a lost art), and a consummate hostess to Perry and White family reunions and casual gatherings. Katherine and David raised four children, Davena (David Anderton), A.D. III, Steve (Sandy), and Danny (Terry) who in turn blessed them with nine grandchildren plus spouses and twenty great-grandchildren, who gave them great joy. After David's death in 1995, Katherine surprised herself by remarrying. She and Forrest McClellan had met in a senior adult Sunday school class. They enjoyed ten years of marriage before health issues prompted her move to Little Creek. Forrest's untimely death in Jan. 2012 left her widowed once again. Katherine leaves a host of friends and family too numerous to mention. Her lifetime of loving and giving is a fitting legacy. The family would like to thank the staff of Little Creek for the exceptional care that they provided while Katherine was entrusted to their care. Funeral service will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. Interment will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Central Baptist Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Online condolences may be sent to www.rosemortuary.com. The family will receive friends 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from May 30 to May 31, 2014
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