Vernie Simpkins White went peacefully to meet Jesus on December 17, 2018 at the age of 107. Vernie was born March 11, 1911, and was a resident of Mercer County until she moved to Heritage Hall, Rich Creek, three years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore R. White, one son, T.R. (Junior) White, five grandchildren, one great- grandchild, and two daughters-in-law. She was the last member of her family of 10 children. Her survivors include son, William (Bill) White; daughter, Shelby Akers and husband James; son, Bernard White and wife Joyce; a special niece, raised as a daughter, Shirley Melton; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great grand-children. Vernie was honored at the age of 105 as the longest living former student from Oakvale schools. She was enrolled in the fall of 1921. Vernie was a faithful member of Kellysville Church of God from a very young age. Glen Lyn Baptist Church became a second home church for her while she lived with her daughter. She was known to be praising Jesus often in the church services at Heritage Hall. Living a way of life in a generation few remember, Vernie was a very hard worker – in the home and in the fields – yet she was never too tired or too busy to care for and show love to others. She was the first to be there if someone was sick, she helped others with canning and preserving food, she helped deliver babies, she was a wonderful cook and seamstress, and she was the best Mom and Mamaw to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Vernie loved her family and caregivers at Heritage Hall, and was loved and well cared for by all of them. A time of fellowship and Celebration of Mrs. White’s life will be conducted at 2:00 PM Friday, December 21, 2018 at the G.E. Davis Chapel of Fredeking Funeral Service, Oakvale, WV with Pastor Franklin Adkins, officiating. Interment will follow at the Elgood Cemetery, Elgood. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 PM until the service hour.
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