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Sarah Boothe White

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Sarah Boothe White Obituary
Sarah Boothe White

Memphis, TN

Sarah Boothe White died peacefully at her home in Memphis on September 11, 2017, having celebrated her 100th birthday this year with her extended family, including her four great-grandchildren. Sarah was born in Batesville, Mississippi on April 29, 1917 to Beverly Errol and Margaret Aydelott Boothe.

When Sarah was a child, her family moved to Memphis, when her father relocated his cotton business, B.E. Boothe & Company, to Cotton Row, near the intersection of Front Street and Union Avenue. Sarah attended Memphis City Schools and graduated from Central High School in 1935. Sarah attended Vassar College for one year and earned her bachelor's degree from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) in 1939. She was a proud member of Chi Omega sorority. After completing her education, Sarah married the late Dr. Thomas Jefferson White, Jr. at Evergreen Presbyterian Church on March 16, 1940. She remained a devoted member of Evergreen for over 75 years, faithfully attending weekly Sunday services until recently. In December 1940, the couple welcomed their only child, the late Dr. Thomas Jefferson White III. Sarah dutifully supported Dr. White, Jr. during his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps Ferrying Command during the Second World War, through his studies in both law and medical school, while caring for patients at Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti and the Church Health Center (now Church Health) in Memphis, and during innumerable jazz clarinet performances and tennis tournaments over many decades. Sarah enjoyed traveling with friends and giving back to the community. She was active in The Women's Exchange of Memphis and The King's Daughters and Sons organization.

Mrs. White is survived by her daughter-in-law, Carol Pickens White; her granddaughter, Dr. Suzanne White Howell and her husband, John and her grandson, Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" White IV and his wife, Brandi; and her great-grandchildren, Jack and Audrey Howell and Thomas Jefferson "Jay" and Graham White.

Visitation will be in The Lord's Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, with the funeral service at 10 a.m., followed by burial in Elmwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be sent to Church Health, Evergreen Presbyterian Church, or Rhodes College.
Published in The Commercial Appeal from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15, 2017
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