Doris Marie Laws White Carpenter
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June 5, 1930 - August 12, 2014
Doris Marie Laws White Carpenter, 84, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Waddell Nursing Home. She was born June 5, 1930 in Durham, North Carolina 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 November 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, TN and Hubert Stuart White, III, of Fairfax, Virginia. Two grandchildren also survive: Jacob Drake Keene and Jesse Stuart Keene both of Johnson City, TN.
On May 20, 2000 Doris married William Perry Carpenter of Raleigh, NC, 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, North Carolina; niece Carolyn Morhous and husband Larry of Bluefield, West Virginia; nephew Dr. Allen Laws of Galax, VA and wife Ames Cameron; sister-in-law: Doris M. Laws of Bluefield, West Virginia. Two great nephews, three great nieces, special cousins Bobby and Jean Miller of Caldwell Community, Orange County, North Carolina. Special friend Virginia Baumgardner of Fries, three stepchildren and their families also survive.
At the request of Doris, she will be cremated. A private graveside service for family and very close friends will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Felts Cemetery.
At her request 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 - Galax
201 West Center Street Galax, VA 24333
Published in The News & Observer on Aug. 14, 2014