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Ernest White

d. August 19, 2020

The Governor of South Carolina advises to limit public gatherings to 50 guests or less to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC carefully considered this recommendation and ask that additional guest please participate via live-streaming if it is authorized by the family.

A Private Graveside service will be conducted 10 AM Monday, August 24, 2020 at Sunset Memory Gardens, 2615 Alligator Rd., Effingham. Interment will follow directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Deacon Ernest Cannon White aka “Muley” was born June 5, 1942 to the late Annie Mae Cannon Service and the late Ernest White, Jr. and was raised by his grandmother, the late Larender Cannon. He transitioned on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

Affectionately known as the neighborhood boy, he attended the illustrious Wilson High School of Florence, South Carolina, and graduated in 1961. The well dressed young man was a star athlete garnishing State Championships in both Basketball and Football. In 1960, he participated in the Civil Rights Sit-in at Kress of Florence.

He was married to the love of his life for 51 years, Willie Jane Baker White with whom he was the proud co-owner of C & W Shoes and Etc. He drove for Magic City Taxi #58 and retired from ESAB where he worked for 32 years.

He received Christ at an early age, and joined Trinity Baptist Church. Later, he became a member of Majority Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, as a Trustee, on the Usher Board, and as a Greeter.

Deacon White achievements include: Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of South Carolina; Past Master Morning Light Lodge #430; Special Duty 9th Masonic District; Past High Priest of L. E. Hyman Chapter #42 Royal Arch Masons; Patron of Pride of West Temple #301; Alpha and Omega #7 Commandery Knights Templar; Pee Dee Consistory #197 Scottish Rite Masonry; Past Potentate of Crescent Temple #148; A.E.A.O.N.M.S.; South Carolina Council of Deliberation; Grand Marshal of South Carolina; and he received his 33°Mason.

Deacon White was preceded in death by his parents; grandmother; brothers, John White, Ernest White, Rubenstein White; his only sister, Jeanette White; and a brother-in-law, Levern Baker.

Deacon White leaves to cherish his memories: his loving and amazing wife, Willie Jane White; three sons, Reverend Tory (Carmen) White, Corey (Amy) White, Aundrae Cannon White; grandchildren raised in the home, Taron White, Tory D. White, Clarissa White, Jaheim White, Nyla White, Shykeem White, Shykeema White and Kori White; and a host of other grandchildren , great grandchildren; brother, Danchester White; two godchildren, Yvonne Cannon and Marcia Brooks Miles; and friends.

Please keep the family of Ernest "Muley" White in your thoughts and prayers.

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