Evelyn Palmer Guill of White House, Tennessee, passed into eternal rest on February 10, 2022 with her son by her side. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband of forty-five years, Donald Guill, her parents Virgil and Zora Palmer, and her brothers: Lewis Palmer, Earl Palmer, and Charles Palmer. She is survived by a loving and devoted family: son Danny R. Guill (Grace) of White House, Tennessee, granddaughter Sara Guill Rickman (Jeffrey) of Nowata, Oklahoma, grandson Daniel J. Guill of Cross Plains, Tennessee, and three great-grandchildren: Susanna, Jesse, and Clementine Rickman.
Evelyn’s love and devotion to her family held a special place in her life. However, she credited her love of and faith in God for sustaining her these many years. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in White House and loved her church family there.
Evelyn’s passion for her hometown, White House, inspired her to author her first book in 1984, White House History & Reflections. She dedicated much of her life to documenting and preserving the history of her beloved town.
Evelyn was humbly honored to receive many recognitions for her work and dedication throughout her life. She was a member of the White House Inn Library and Museum building committee from 1985-1987. She served on the library board for twelve years and was the curator of the museum from 1987 until recently. Evelyn was also on the committee that established the White House Elderly Housing in 1979. In 1990 she was the honored recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and she was also granted the Chamber of Commerce Honorary Lifetime Membership in 2006. In 2006, she was appointed the official City Historian & Curator of the White House Inn Museum by Mayor John Decker and was presented the White House Museum Appreciation Award in 2007. Evelyn was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2009 as well as the White House Inn Library Board Appreciation of Service. In 2013 she was presented a proclamation by the Tennessee General Assembly and signed by the governor for her involvement in acquiring a state civil war marker near Tyree Springs in White House. She also worked to acquire a three-star state marker, which was erected at the place of White House’s namesake: the White House Stage Coach Inn. Finally, in 2020 Evelyn was presented a certificate honoring her excellence in community service by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
A celebration of life will be at 3pm on Wednesday February 16, 2022 at Temple Baptist Church in White House with visitation from 1pm until the time of service. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 117 Marlin Road, White House TN 37188.
If attending the service or visitation, the family requests masks be worn to insure the health of all guests.