Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Mother Vera Ann Pratt White, a native of Shelby, N.C., was born on February 25, 1946, to John Pratt and Ethel Dawkins Douglas. Our precious Mother went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while surrounded by family and supportive friends on September 26, 2021.
Mother White was a graduate of Garnard High School in Gaffney, S.C. She continued her education at Friendship College in Rockhill, S.C. She was employed by the Federal Government in various capacities both overseas and within the United States. She retired in 2009 at Ft. Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Mother White was a faithful member of the Righteous Church of God, in Shelby, N.C. Saved at an early age, she received the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues on the night of her baptism, as she came up out of the water. She grew in her faith and dedicated herself through service in the ministry of helps, hospitality, and church aide. While overseas, she was one of the founding members and Church Mother of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Wurzburg, Germany.
After relocating to South Carolina, Mother and Deacon White joined the Refuge Temple COGIC, where she continued to labor faithfully on the local, district, and state levels. Mother White was appointed President of the Volunteer Mission Unit by Supervisor Willie Mae Rivers for the South Carolina Jurisdiction. In 2009, after being led of the Lord, Mother and Deacon White joined the Solid Rock Worship Center COGIC, where she served as Church Mother until her death.
Mother's love for the Lord is evident in the life she lived and the countless number of people whose lives were forever changed because of her thoughts, prayers, and generosity.
Mother Vera Ann Pratt White joined both of her parents and siblings Freddie Douglas, Sr., John Pratt, Walter Pratt, and Martha J. Pratt, who preceded her in death to take her rightful place with Our Heavenly Father. Her memory is indelibly imprinted in the hearts of her loving and faithful husband John H. White; son, Shaland D. White, grandson, Jamire J. Chavis; sister, Ruth Hambrick; brothers, James Pratt of New York City, N.Y. and Carl Pratt (Brenda) of Forest City, NC, and a host of relatives, family and close friends.
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