Claudia WhiteAugust 2, 1930 ~ February 2, 2017 (age 86)
Claudia White of Amarillo passed away on February 2, 2017. Memorial services were held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Johnson Chapel AME Church, 1901 N. Washington, Amarillo, Texas with Reverend Phillip Randle officiating. Final resting place is the Fort Huachuca Post Cemetery in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Claudia White was born in Bell County, Texas, August 2, 1930 to Ambrose and Leonora Cunningham. After high school, she moved to Dallas joining her sisters, Robbie Cunningham, Zeola Brenklin and Sue Dilworth and was later joined in matrimony to Sammie Stewart, Jr. Two children came from that union, Michael and Claudia Stewart. Her second marriage was to Vernon White and born to that union were Vernon, Jr, Barbara, Preston, Michelle and Betty.
Mrs. White traveled with her family and adored being a military wife and stay-at-home mother. She lived all over the world and enjoyed the various locations from Texas to Oklahoma, North Carolina, Washington, Arizona, Stuttgart and Frankfurt, Germany and Okinawa, Japan. She formed many, many deep friendships and kept in touch with other military families throughout her lifetime. She was always very out-going and never met a stranger. She loved people. Upon retirement, Vernon White served as Commander of the Sierra Vista VFW Post 9972, Sierra Vista, Arizona. Mrs. White was very active in the VFW Women’s Auxiliary. As Vernon White was awarded the coveted White Hat by then Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Jesse Brown, for exemplary service to the VFW Post, commendations and accolades also went to Mrs. White for her service as the dedicated, hard-working wife and volunteer very supportive of her husband’s endeavors at the “V” and community. She often entertained family, friends and guests with her fantastic storytelling abilities which were legendary. As a devoted mother, she cherished her children and later grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was affectionately known to them as, GG. She loved to cook and have family gatherings and celebrations because family was always an important priority for her. A woman of great faith, she was always grateful as she counted each day a blessing from her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her hobbies included reading, singing, bingo, traveling and meeting new people.
After the death of her husband, she moved to Pensacola, Florida and later to Amarillo, Texas. Mrs. White was a member of Johnson Chapel AME Church with Reverend Phillip Randle, her pastor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, husband and two daughters. Mrs. White is survived by her daughters, Claudia Stewart Stuart (Harold) and Barbara Chapman, Pensacola, FL; also, her sons, Michael Stewart, Lubbock; Vernon White, Jr. (Terri), Copperas Cove; and Preston White, Pensacola, FL. She will also be missed by her grandchildren: Dietra Lee (Ron), Farrah Williams (Evan), Lakenheath, England; Vernon White, III (Wendy), San Antonio; Paul White (Kim), Langley, VA; and Courtney White, Pensacola, FL. Her great grandchildren include: Raquelle Lawrence, Langston and Maya Williams; Christian and Jonathan Shorten; Tia Pratt, Trevor Hamlet and Aysia White; Isaiah and Maddox White and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.
The family suggests memorials be in memory of Claudia White to the Claudia and Harold Stuart Scholarship Fund, WTAMU Foundation, WTAMU Box 60766, Canyon, TX 79016 or VFW Post 9972, 549 Harvey Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.