On October 6, 2023, Paula Roberts White was called to her heavenly home after her valiant battle with cancer. She leaves behind her husband, and the love of her life, Jimmy White, her devoted family, her close-knit group of “soul sisters,” hundreds of friends from all walks of life, and countless kids in Henderson County she helped raise throughout the years.
Paula loved life and lived hers to the fullest. She has left a rich legacy with her influence in the community, her compassion for others, and in her quest for the next adventure. She will long be remembered because almost everyone will have a personal “Ms Paula” story to tell for years to come.
Paula had a strong faith and love for Christ and was a member of First Pentecostal Church in Lexington where she enjoyed the fellowship with friends.
She served as the President of both the Henderson County Republican Women, and the Henderson County Republican Party, and worked diligently in these positions. She was a member of the VFW Post 1294 Ladies’ Auxiliary. She was director of the compassionate Care Program created to train area CNA’s. She served on leadership and preschool committees to develop early childhood education in Lexington. She was perhaps known best as a successful businesswoman with a big heart and a firm hand as she loved on “her” babies. In 1991, she founded Little Acorn. In 1996, she added Lexington Montessori, and in 2014, Imagination Station was established to complete her preschool community.
Some of her fondest memories were made with family and friends on the water. She enjoyed crappie fishing, riding jet skis, boating, spending time at her boat house on the Tennessee River and enjoyed the emerald waters of the gulf.
Paula was a rare soul who continually chose to stay positive and to stay young. She was quick to load up and head to the next adventure whether it was to one of her favorite places, like Disney World or some other journey. She loved to listen to “good” music of every genre and was known to break into dance when the music stirred her soul.
She and Jimmy were soulmates who married early in life, but Vietnam, and life sent them on different courses for a time. They rekindled their love and remarried 50 years after their first wedding. Paula felt very blessed to be able to spend her last years with him by her side. Of all the things Paula loved to do, she was most passionate about watching her grandchildren doing whatever made them happy.
Paula was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Betty Roberts. She leaves behind her husband, Jimmy White, 3 brothers: Robin (Tweety Bird) Roberts (Jan), Charles Roberts (Gale), and Bob Roberts (Becky), children: Jerrod Cagle (Stephanie), Julia Stanfill (Stephen), Denna Drier (Chris), Jamie White (Joanne), and Heather Miles, and 11 grandchildren: Colby, Carly, Carson and Cayson Cagle, Shae, Spence and Anabeth Stanfill. Grayson (Corey) Thomas, Hunter (Adina) Miles, Nathan and Jakob White and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Donations to Carl Perkins Center for Abused Children or Homeless Veterans of Foreign Wars I her memory would be appreciated.
Her visitation will be held at the First United Pentecostal Church in Lexington, TN Sunday October 8th, 2023, from 2-6pm. Her visitation will recommence Monday October 9th, 2023 from 12-2pm with the service to follow at 2pm.