Helen Allred White, age 95, of Asheboro passed away on August 12, 2023 at Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home.
Helen was born in Franklinville, NC on December 17, 1927 to H.F. Allred, Sr. and Annie Frazier Allred. Helen grew up from age 4 in West Palm Beach, FL moving from there to Baton Rouge, LA at age 13 to Greensboro and then back to Asheboro to attend Asheboro High School. Her senior year at AHS was spent in a business school newly added to AHS. She met the love of her life as Asheboro High and they married after WWII in 1946 after Bill returned from serving in the US Coast Guard overseas.
They lived in Winston-Salem, NC, Long Beach, NJ, and Miami, FL before moving back to Asheboro to start their family. Sharon was born in 1949 and Susan in 1954.
Members of First Baptist Church during the "Buddy Price" years, Helen was active as a Sunday School teacher and GA Leader.
Helen worked in banking well over 40 years starting at Bank of Randolph and retiring from Wachovia in 1991. She was active in United Way while at Wachovia, delivering "Meals on Wheels" and raising money for United Way. She was one of the first female personal bankers in Asheboro.
After retirement she and Bill traveled the US including Hawaii and back to Maine and Nova Scotia, but the best time spent was at their Badin Lake home with their family.
She was an avid gardener, member of Armfield Heights Garden Club, and loved sharing her roses with others. Also a "Lifetime" member of Beta Sigma Phi where she met and cherished many lifelong friends. She enjoyed cooking and making everyone in the family their "requested" birthday cake or pie. We found out in later years that she never had her own birthday cake growing up with so many siblings in the family. She made all holidays and birthdays "special" for her family, especially Christmas which was her favorite holiday.
She was Tarheel and State fan, especially basketball! Jumping up and down and clapping during games, also a lover of ice skating, enjoying several of these events in person.
Her love of scrapbooking is evident in all the scrapbooks she has left for each family member as their own legacy. Helen was a lover of life and lived each day to the fullest and made our families lives wonderful by being our guiding light, known to us all as "Mama Helen." She collected angels all her life, now she is among the "angels."
In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William L. (Bill) White, sons-in-law, Harold C. Newby and David Chriscoe, 3 brothers and 5 sisters.
She is survived by her daughters, Sharon W. Newby of Asheboro and Susan L. White of Charlotte; granddaughter, Laura N. Harvey and husband Marcus R. Harvey of Randleman; grandson, Joshua D. Chriscoe and wife Megan of Charlotte; great grandchildren, twins Adam Harvey and William Harvey both of Randleman, and Matthew, Benjamin, and Andrew Chriscoe all of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Joan A. Allred of Ramseur; and 16 nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Friday, August 18, 2023 from 12:00-12:50 pm at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro. Funeral services will follow on Friday at 1:00 pm at the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jimmy Truell officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to Helen’s caregivers, Carmen Liberatore and Becky Lowe, and the staff of Clapp’s Convalescent Nursing Home for the loving care they provided to Helen.
Memorials may be to Hospice of Randolph, 416 Vision Dr., Asheboro, NC 27203.