Ernestine White Scott, daughter of Mack and Mary Ellen White was born on March 20, 1940 in Timmonsville, South Carolina as one of 13 children. Ernestine received her education in the Florence County Public School System and graduated from Johnson High School, Timmonsville, SC.
Shortly after graduating high school Ernestine struck out to follow her sisters Rose and Janie to the “Big Apple” New York City, where she met her future husband. Ernestine married David W. Scott on July 11, 1964, from their union were born two sons, Patrick Earl Scott, Sr. and Barry Christopher Scott Sr.
After spending time as a new mom and making sure her two sons got off to the best start in life, she began a long career in service working for the F.W. Woolworth Company. She spent over 35 years in the retail business within the Foot Locker family of companies sharing her talent as a second mom, social worker, spiritual advisor and solid friend, with her co-workers, customers and managers alike until she retired to Clayton, NJ in 2006.
Ernestine was a member of Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Harlem, New York; where she served as President of the Usher Board, was a member of the Adult Choir, advisor to the Youth Choir and was also a member of the Fellowship Committee.
Ernestine’s faith was not restricted by denomination, and she later joined the Clayton Baptist Church, Clayton, NJ, where she was a member of the choir and worked with the youth summer program.
Her motherly skills, belief in discipline (also known as laying of hands), and loving guidance, were often put to good use with children and the adults she interacted with in the church and throughout the community she loved.
On Saturday afternoon, January 21, 2023, God called his devoted servant Ernestine home from labor to reward.
She was preceded in death by eight siblings: James White, Dorothy Goodman, Lizzie Moore, Jesse “JC” White, Janie Williams, Walter “Gene” White, Catherine Jackson, and Readis Boles.
She leaves to carry on her life and dreams her beloved two sons; Patrick E. (Danielle) Scott Sr., and Barry C. Scott Sr. (Charlitta Nichols); her sisters, Rose Little (Rosevelt) of Florence, South Carolina, Doris Myles (Cecil) of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Lou Scott of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; brother Willie B. White of Timmonsville, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Aaron C. Scott, Patrick E. Scott Jr., Olivia E. Gonzalez-Scott, Barry C. Scott Jr., Kristopher Williams, and Russell Williams; two great grandchildren, Avery Williams and Bryce Williams; four godchildren, Kwame N. Timmons, Sherise Y. Wilson, Asia M. Pierce and Kenneth R. Jackson. She also leaves her legacy of eight devoted nieces: Lizzie O’Neal, Jeneree Lettley, Mary White, Beverly C. Woods, Veronica Dixon, Dr. Robin Williams, Chanda Williams-Griswold and Lisa Myles; and six devoted nephews, Alvin Moore, John W. Moore, Ernest Moore Jr., Carlton Moore, Rodney Moore and Willie E. "Pete" White.
Ernestine fought a good fight, she kept the faith, and has now received her reward from The Most High. Rest in Peace!!!
In lieu of flowers, mom loved helping others, especially children. The family asks that you make a donation in mom’s name to your favorite charity.
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