Robert "Bobby" White passed away July 26, 2021. He was born April 25,1944 to the union of Benny and Juanita "Lil Mother" White in Fort Worth, Texas. Bobby moved to Seattle, Washington in 1949 where he resided until God called him home. Bobby graduated from Garfield High School in 1962 shortly afterward he enlisted into the US Army. After his discharge he joined the Black Panther Party where he served as Information Officer. Bobby worked as a Boiler Operator until his retirement. He had many hobbies and special gifts, he was a phenomenal artist, musician, pool player and historian. He studied Sociology at Seattle Central Community College. Bobby found Christ at a young age, he united with New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where he watched his mother sing and play piano in the choir. He later served The Lord as a member of Bible Study Outreach Ministries; where he attended over the last 14 years. He was active in various outreach ministries helping in the street feeding ministry, the nursing home ministry, sharing at the men's shelter, and participating in the church's 12 Step program.
He is a cofounder of "Seasoned Saints" a weekly Bible Study for older men; that he and Bro Oscar Gary organized under the direction of his pastor, Donald Tatum. This ministry is still active after 10 years.
Bobby was known for his kind spirit; he would give the shirt off his back if you were in need. He loved children and was very protective of his family. He had such a sweet, bright and outgoing personality. He had a sense of humor and was the life of the party. He could find something to laugh at even during the last moments of his life. Preceded in death: Wife Bernita Norris-White, Mother Juanita White, Father Bennie White, Grandmother Emma Toliver, Sister Bettie Faye Gahagan, and Brother Billy Ray White. He leaves to mourn his Granddaughter Kaylee Derkowski, Kyra Flynn and Grandson Ricky Flynn, Niece's Sheila Thomas, Ava Hughley, Monika White, and Brandy White. Nephew's Gregory White, Detry Fann and Nicholas Hughley, Cousin's Eddie Steele, Cleavon Steele, Debra Steele, Brother in-Law Selbert Lewis and very dear friend Jenine Lewis and her family. He also leaves to mourn a host of friends and extended family members.
A private memorial service will be held on September 25th for immediate family members.
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An online obituary is available to view on the Edward’s Memorial website: