Mrs. Fern Hatfield Tarpley White, age 89 of Spring Hill passed away, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.
She was born in Hope, Arkansas on January 13, 1928 to Hiram J. and Winifred Ferguson Hatfield. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Spring Hill. Mrs. White enjoyed gardening and working with her flowers. She was well known for her delicious cinnamon rolls and tea rings. She had worked at Spring Hill Public Schools as an English Teacher for 25 years. She had also worked as a proof reader and Linotype operator in publishing newspapers in several communities. Mrs. White is preceded in death by her parents, Hiram and Winifred Hatfield and by her late husbands, William E. Tarpley and Clifford Earl White.
Survivors include her daughter; Vanessa Shelburne, her husband, Doug of Spring Hill, Arkansas, her stepchildren: Howard White of Mesquite, TX, Paul White of Hope and Norma Nooner of Hot Springs, her four sisters; Louise Smith, Margaret Sengel and Molly Stroud all of Spring Hill, Arkansas and Sue Ashton, husband, John of McKinney, TX, her two grandchildren; William Garrett Shelburne of London, UK and Rachel Grace Shelburne of Magnolia, AR, her step grandchildren: Robert Morse of Vilonia, AR, Joseph Morse from Mayflower, AR, Stacy Crimes and Patrick White both of Tyler, TX, her four step- great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandson.
The family request that in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to: Bethany Baptist Church 589 Hwy 355 West Hope, AR 71801 or to Spring Hill High School Library 633 Hwy 355 West Hope, AR 71801.
Funeral service for Mrs. White will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home 1001 S. Main Hope, with Bro. Eric Fisher officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, one hour before the service.
Burial will be in Anderson Cemetery in Spring Hill, AR.
Arrangements are by Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online guest register: brazzelfuneralhomes.com