Peggy Miller White, 91, of Holden Beach, N.C., passed away at the home of her granddaughter Ashley Fritzius, in Lewisburg, W.Va., December 14, 2022.
Born January 25, 1931, in Guilford County, N.C., the sixth of seven children of parents George and Effie Mae Miller. Peggy grew up in Mt. Airy. She married Bill White in 1950 and the two of them had two daughters, Susan and Rebecca. Bill began a long career with what was then called the Central Telephone Company (now Centel) as an engineer. It was a job that would take the family from Mt. Airy to Hickory, N.C. in 1961. During this time, Peggy worked for a number of Hickory furniture companies as a shipping manager before eventually taking a clerical job with Central Telephone. She and Bill would remain with the company until their retirement in the mid-1980s.
Peggy and Bill shared a love for travel. Upon retirement, they sold all of their belongings and purchased an Avion camper and a Chevy Suburban to tow it, and hit the road. They traveled the nation, stopping at campgrounds wherever they pleased, and frequently traveling between Alaska, where Susan lived with her family, and Las Vegas, where Rebecca and her family lived. The two eventually put down roots again in Holden Beach, N.C., traveling only in the summer.
Holden Beach was a place Peggy loved, spending many evenings and early mornings walking the shore and collecting seashells, or attending beachside concerts, often with friends and family. After Bill’s passing in 1990, she remained there for much of the rest of her life, with her daughter Susan and son-in-law Red eventually joining her there, following their retirement in the early 2000s.
Peggy loved God above all others and was devoted to working with her church. She was also known for her generosity, particularly when it came to helping her children and grandchildren. Not much would slow her down, including a major heart attack which she suffered around 2007, but never felt. Her attitude about it was not fearful. “I’ll just keep on going, so long as the Lord wants me to,” she said. The Lord kept her around for another fifteen years.
In early 2019, a little over a year after her son-in-law, Red, suffered a stroke, Peggy, Susan, and Red relocated from Holden Beach to her granddaughter Ashley’s home in Lewisburg, W.Va. so that there would be additional help caring for both Red and Peggy. Even in the grip of Alzheimer’s Disease, Peggy remained the kind, polite soul she always had been, retaining her love of gospel music to the end.
She is survived by her daughters Susan Holloway and Rebecca Mull (and her husband Richard), and four granddaughters, Caroline Wilcox (Ray), Ashley Fritzius (Eric), Amber Holloway, and Jordan Hill. Peggy had six great-grandchildren, Kasey Soles, Kolby Clark, Kaley Reynolds, Catherine Fisk, and Kaeland and Kassidy Cheek as well as three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law William Wagoner and sister-in-law Mildred Miller, as well as many generations of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Out of her six siblings, Peggy was the last.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peyton Hospice House of Greenbrier County, WV.
Moody Funeral Services in Mount Airy, NC is serving the White family.