Vivian Verneda White was born December 31, 1927, she was the sixth of eight children born to Joshua Clifton White, Sr. and Jessie Evelina Nowden White in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Vivian, affectionately called “VV” or “Viv” was baptized at the age of nine into the Life of Christ at Centennial Baptist Church, now Indiana Street Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She attended Sunday school, morning church services, Baptist Training Union, and Mission Board. Vivian sang in the church choir; with Deloris Bell Sanders & Company in Pine Bluff and sang bass in the “Singing Stars” Women’s Singing Group. Vivian loved to sing, laugh, tell jokes and play ball. She played guard on the basketball team at Dunbar High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Everyone loved her cooking (the hamburgers were the bomb). Vivian taught all her siblings how to iron clothes. She was a giving, caring, fun, and loving person to her family and friends. She moved to Texas from Arkansas with her daughter in 2007, where she joined Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Late Dr. Karry D. Wesley.
She worked many years as an Intake Clerk at List Laundry before moving on the private sector. She worked for the private home of Mr. Chester List owner of List Laundry, Former Senator Brenda Gully, and Mrs. Katie Bell Purdue of the Purdue Printing Company.
She is now in her Heavenly Home as of January 31, 2020 with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was welcomed by her parents, sister, Thelma White Corbin; brothers, Joshua White Jr., R.B. White, Adolphus White, and Willie White; son, Roy C. White; and grandson, Damon York.
Precious Memories will remain in the hearts of her dedicated, loving daughter who visited and cared for her twice every day, Valarie J. York (Claude); grandson, Claude York, II “CJ”; great grandsons, Amir Alexander York and Claude E. York, III of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Alversia M. Whaley and Floydell Whyte of Chicago, Illinois; a very special friend, Birtha Thompson of Lancaster, Texas; a host of nephews, great nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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