She was born in Cleveland on Jan. 28, 1924.
She had a treasure trove of dear friends who loved her sweet and smiling disposition. She loved her Lord and Savior and her church first and foremost, along with her family. She was the church organist/pianist for more than 70 years at Southview and Four Point Baptist Churches. She retired after 30 years at Procter & Gamble.
She was a graduate of Bradley Central High School and the National School of Business.
Waiting at Heaven’s gates to receive her with open arms were her loving and faithful husband of more than 50 years, Mallon, and sweet daughter, Mary Ann. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Boyd and Hattie Sneed White; sisters: Margaret McKeehan and Zady Moser; and brother, Fred White.
She is survived by sons: Gary (Norma) Ownbey Sr. and David (Sonia) Ownbey; grandchildren: Gary D. Ownbey II, Geoff Ownbey and Lebron Ownbey; several great-grandchildren; many other cousins, loving friends and neighbors; and her cousin and best friend, Joyce O’Neal.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Companion Funeral and Cremation Services, 2419 Georgetown Road NW, Cleveland, TN, 37311, on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m.
Interment will follow in the Delano Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Geoff Ownbey, Lebron Ownbey, James Moser, Alan White, Jimmy Strombergh and Leonard Strombergh.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in her honor be made to Gideon International or Life Bridges of Cleveland.
You are invited to share a personal memory of Mary or your condolences with his family at www.companionfunerals.com.