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Tyrone Thomas White

October 1, 1951 — December 29, 2023

   Tyrone Thomas White, 72, of Elizabeth City, NC, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, December 29, 2023 from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, Elizabeth City.

   Mr. White was born in Pasquotank County on October 1, 1951, and was the son of the late Vernon and Naomi James White. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Vernita C. White, a brother, Vernon Bernard White, and by a brother-in-law, William Daniels.

   A graduate of P.W. Moore Junior-Senior High School, he continued his education at Elizabeth City State University. Employed with Newport News Shipbuilding for 23 years, he then worked as a Maintenance Mechanic with the NC Department of Corrections for 10 years. Mr. White had a passion for carpentry and construction and currently served as Building Superintendent with A.R. Chesson Construction Co, a position he took great pride in and always worked at with a spirit of dedication and doing his best to handle the needs of his customers in a professional manner. He supported Habitat for Humanity, giving him a way to help others and to use the carpentry skills in which he had been blessed. A faithful member of Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, for many years he had served on both its Usher Board and on the Board of Trustees. Among his many enjoyments in life, he loved the outdoors and gardening. He cared deeply for all his family, was a loving husband, supportive father and grandfather, and dear uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

   Surviving is his beloved wife of 48 years, Janet Miles White; two daughters, Taryn T. White of Greenville and Tierra T. White of Elizabeth City; a son, Tyrone T. White, II, also of Elizabeth City; his one grandson and apple of his eye, Miles T. White Dixon of Greenville; two sisters, Edith D. Sylvester (husband, Vernon) of Shiloh and Debra A. Daniels of Manteo; four brothers, Charles A. White of Elizabeth City, Major L. White of Virginia, Jerome A. White and Anthony L. White, both of Elizabeth City; his special friend and faithful canine companion, “Copper T.”; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family members and friends.

   A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. in Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1166 Ball Road, Elizabeth City, and will be conducted by Pastor Frederick Godfrey. Burial will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may join the family for a time of visitation on Friday, January 5, 2024 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in Miller & Van Essendelft Funeral Home, 1125 Harvey Point Road, Hertford, and other times at the residence.

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Friday, January 5, 2024

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Saturday, January 6, 2024

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