September 28, 1954 - February 5, 2021
My story by Gay Nell White My beginning . . . I was born the first child of many to follow on Tuesday September 28, 1954, to the proud parents of Alice and Nelson White Jr. at Byers Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan. You could say that I lived up to my name as I was always willing to make people laugh. My being an only child was short lived as Jerome came one year and one day later. Thanks Jerome! I dedicated my life unto God as a young adult. In those days we were given a choice as to what we would voluntarily do in church or something would be chosen for you. I chose to join the Nursing Guild Ministry and the kitchen ministry that I continued to support over the years. We had to go to church, period. It all began at Harrison Road Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of the late Elder W.C. Cook, later to become Pentecostal Temple COGIC, under the leadership of the late Bishop Isaac King Jr., and most recently, Elder Kellen Brooks. I attended the Westwood Community School District in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, graduating from Robichaud High School class of 1972. My besties in high school were Cheryl Jackson and Doris Jean Whorham. That same year of graduation, I gave birth to my daughter, Tomika LeTiche, (I thought that was such a cute name) whom I well adore. After high school, I later gave birth to my only son, Earl Albert Alexander. I was born a big-hearted person, never wanting to slight anyone that may have felt slighted. I delighted in gaining a bonus daughter, Yolande (Dee Dee) who turned out to be an added pleasure to my family. There were so many of my daughter’s friends who found a place of refuge and comfort in my home. Tina Alexander, Sharita Black, Susan Smith, Tenesha Wells, Maria Pulley, Yvette Thomason, Tracy Taylor, Nikkie Abdullah and who can forget Sean Taylor! Sometimes I was limited but I was taught the great value of sharing from my parents, who were always assisting those who could use a little help to get back on their feet. So, that is what I did! My mother instilled in me to be domestic and hardworking. I could cook, sew, clean, wash, take care of my children, take care of my siblings and everybody else’s children. Yes, I was somewhat a “Domestic Goddess!” My sisters and I enjoyed being in the kitchen, giving the tea, cooking our own specialties. I developed my own pound cake recipe and often sold them for profit. The real pride and joy of my life were that of my three loving children each playing different roles. Tomika, for her business savvy and leadership abilities, Dee Dee, for her kindness and nurturing spirit and Earl, for his constant kind support and love. We remained in close contact, speaking with one another daily. I loved them . . . and they loved me . . . One of my other favorite things to do was attend dinner with a small group of my first cousins: Larry Dinwieddie (deceased), Pamela White Holt, Angela White Smith, and Georgia Wallace. My education and work . . . I followed my heart and returned to school attending, Wayne County Community College and Schoolcraft College and majored in psychology. I frequently took online classes just because I enjoyed it. My favorite pastime was simply reading. My sisters often teased me about my constant reading as I often traveled with loads of reading materials. As you can imagine was employed in several fields. I worked as manager at Home Depot and as a supervisor at several Adult Group Homes facilities that enriched me to gain a great level medical knowledge that allowed me to become familiar with policies and procedures throughout the illnesses of both my parents and of myself. My journey . . . With the help of the Lord, I battled cancer twice. I suffered the loss of my beloved parents Nelson and Alice White, the father of my children, Rodney Alexander and my spiritual mother, Tecoria Slater. However, grateful for everything they contributed to my life. Thankful for my daughters who were with me until the end. Thankful for my son who would sneak in to see about me no matter what my condition was. Thankful for my sisters who labored with me and for my brothers who encouraged me constantly. Thankful for the special times I spent with all my relatives. Thankful for all those who kept me in their prayers both near and far. Thankful to God for a beautiful life. I made my transition from labor to reward on Friday February 5, 2021 in the comfort of my home surrounded by my loving and caring family. I leave to mourn my life and legacy, Two daughters: Tomika (Chris) Morgan, Yolande Reeves, one son, Earl Albert Alexander. Five grandchildren; Kyle Alexander, Kendra Alexander, Malik Lewis, Kellie Reeves and Mycah Lewis. Five great-grands; Dezmine Roberson, China Pitts, Kyra Rose, Mariah Lewis and Karsyn Carter. Three sisters and five brothers; Edna White, Sylvia Gill-Ash, LaRhonda (Gary) Perkins, Jerome White, Cecil (Belinda) White, Nelson White III, Scott (Yvette) White and Derrick (Rose) White. Three aunts and two uncles: Mattie White, Sophronia Barker, Leann (Richard) Faine and Willie Allen. A host of wonderful cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. I am the way the truth and the life, No one cometh to the Father, but by me. John 14:6
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