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Elsie Havens

February 2, 2012

Pauline Havens: Career Woman and Devoted Mother Pauline Havens passed away February 2, 2012 at Claiborne County Hospital, Tazewell, TN. Known throughout her life as Pauline, she was born Elsie Pauline Sandefur on February 24, 1921 in the family home off Goins Chapel Road near Tazewell, Tennessee. A graduate of Claiborne County High School, her first career was as a secretary-bookkeeper for the Farm Bureau in Tazewell. In 1941 she married Donald R. Williams who served in the US Army until 1945. They lived in Bacchus, near Tazewell, until 1950 when they moved to Monroe, Michigan. Pauline and Donald had four sons, Donald, Charles, Bruce, and Gary. In Monroe, Pauline was for almost 20 years the secretary-bookkeeper of the now-closed Buckeye Furniture Company. Her later career positions included being the office manager in a Monroe area real-estate agency, Mr. Real Estate. In 1972 she married the widower, John McCreary and became the loving step-mother to seven children (Wayne, Michael, Roger, Linda, Helen, Vivian, and Brenda). Upon John's retirement, they moved to Tazewell. In Tazewell, Pauline worked on the staff of the senior citizens' center and at Wal-Mart. With enduring musical talent and sensitivity, Pauline served as part of musical ensembles in local churches. Using her clear and melodious alto voice, she was a member of a traveling gospel quartet that for many years participated in worship and "singing conventions" in East Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan. She often provided the piano accompaniment for the quartet. In 2006 Pauline married Richard Havens, a lay pastor in Tazewell. They made their home in Tazewell. Pauline is survived by her husband, Richard Havens of Tazewell, and sons and daughter-in-laws, (Donald L. and Betty F. Williams of Westfield, NJ; Nancy A. Williams of Monroe, MI; Bruce A. and Vicky Williams of Ypsilanti, MI; Gary W. and Dorothy Williams of Tazewell, TN), 13 living grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Other living family members include sisters Dessie (Mrs. Steward) Collingsworth of Tazewell and Jeanette Roark of Knoxville. The family will receive friends Monday, February 6, 2012 from 5pm until 7pm at the Midway Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 7pm with Rev. Ronnie Pressnell officiating. Music will be provided by Midway Church Singers. Internment will be at Roselawn Memorial Cemetery, Monroe, Michigan Wednesday Claiborne ? Overholt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. www.claibornefuneralhome.com
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