Rev. Judy White


The Rev. Judy White, 94, of Tifton, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 17, in the chapel of Albritton Funeral Directors with the Rev. V.L. Daughtery officiating and Kenneth Smith delivering the eulogy. Interment followed at Oakridge Cemetery.

Men of Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, Simmy McCowan, Jordan Duncan, Ronnie Duncan, James Rutherford, David Tyson and Charles Sumner, served as pallbearers.

Rev. White was born April 1, 1921, in Lumber City to the late John and Mary Ann Hulette Varnadoe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Vernon White; a sister and brother-in-law, Edythe and Jim Edmond; and a brother-in-law, Olen Thompson.

Rev. White received her associate degree from ABAC and attended courses at Emory University. During her career, she served as associate pastor at Irwinville Methodist Church, pastor at Chula United Methodist Church and Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, where she was also a member, and as pastor at Harding United Methodist Church. Rev. White was a spiritual and compassionate person who enjoyed helping those in need. She also enjoyed gardening.

Her survivors include her son, Kenneth Smith of St. Simons Island; her sister, Johniece Thompson of Warner Robins; her brother and his wife, John and Sue Varnadoe of Tampa, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Hospice of Tift Area; her caregivers, Annette Wilds, Linda Turnmire and Sue Whitley; and her great friends and neighbors, James and Doris Rutherford.

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