Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 21, 2010
Bessie A. White, of 2000 Hickorywood Drive, Suffolk, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 at Sentara Obici Hospital. She was a native of Southampton County and the daughter of the late Vernon Lee and Ida Jackson Artis. She was also predeceased by one son, Kenny White.
Mrs. White was the owner/operator of White Grocery. She was a member of O’Berry A.M.E. Zion Church in Franklin, Va., where she was on the Usher Board and Missionary Circle. She was a former General Claims Treasurer.
She leaves to cherish fond memories her husband, Linwood L. White Sr.; four daughters, Ellen J. Williams, of Norfolk, Va., Joyce Shands (Jackie), and Ellen M. White, both of Suffolk, Carolyn Matthews (Gerald), of Erwin, N.C.; five sons, Linwood L. White Jr., of Franklin, Charles White (Geraldine), of Norfolk, Phillip White, of Suffolk, Glennis White, of Portsmouth, Curtis White, of Suffolk; 33 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Turner, of Portsmouth and Blanche Files (Alvin), of Newport News, Va.; a devoted daughter-in-law, Sherlene White, of Chesapeake, Va.; devoted family friends, Mary Washington and Felicia Brown; devoted friends, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Godwin; a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010 at O’Berry A.M.E. Zion Church in Franklin officiated by the Rev. Dale Seaborne. Entombment will be in Carver Memorial Cemetery. Crocker Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.crockerfuneralhome.com.