Anthony Levon White Sr, Oak Ridge

LORD, Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. 0 LORD, my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever. (Psalm 30:11-12)

Deacon Anthony Levon White, Sr. was born in Knoxville, TN on February 16, 1952. He was the oldest of four children born to the Late Brother William M. White, Jr. and to Sister Hazel Willis White. He was quietly taken by the Angel of God into eternal rest on September 25, 2020.

Deacon White grew up in Detroit, Ml. He graduated from Pershing High School and went on to attend two years of college. He returned to Tennessee in 1972 and became employed at Rexnord Corporation where he retired in 2010.

Upon returning to Tennessee, Deacon White met Clara Young to whom he married on August 14, 1976. To this union, two sons were born (Anthony White, Jr. and Aaron White).

Deacon White loved jazz, history and nature. He found pleasure in learning about various cultures and animal life. He was also a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves, the Detroit Lions, and the Detroit Pistons. He was a ‘hands on’ family man. He loved participating and spending time with his children and grandchildren and attending the Willis Family Reunions.

Upon his return to Tennessee, Deacon White came to know Jesus Christ as His Lord and Saviour at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Clinton, TN under the pastorate of his Grandfather, the Late Rev. 0. W. Willis, Sr. He later became a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the Late Elder D. J. Ward. It was under the pastorate of Elder Ward that Deacon White has ordained a Deacon of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on June 1, 1980. He served the Lord faithfully as a Deacon. He was given an incredibly special voice for singing the praises of God as a member of the Male Chorus and of the Gospel Choir. He also used his singing talents to serve faithfully as a member of the area community choir (Praise, Honor and Glory) until his health began to fail.

At Mt. Zion, Deacon White will be well remembered for many songs, but one stands out above all – his singing of I Thank God for the Blood. In this great song of praise to the works of salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ, Deacon White would sing so passionately that “it was the blood that made the difference at Calvary”! Truly, Deacon White loved the Lord. He loved being in the House of God giving Him praise and leading the people of God in worship.

In his later years, he endured many battles with sickness. Nevertheless, he remained triumphant over his sickness by resting upon his hope in God. While he was in good health, he participated in the Baptist Youth Fellowship and the Monday Evening Study Session; and was also a loyal member of the Christian Response Ministry. His service unto the Lord was always with passion, zeal, humility, and the desire to see others vigorously giving praises unto God. Regardless of what he suffered in the flesh; he made his trials his stepping stones to Heaven.

Deacon White is survived by a host of relatives and friends. Each holds precious memories of his life, his service, and his love for them and for the Lord Jesus Christ. His survivors include his wife of 44 years, Clara White of Oak Ridge; his two sons who reside in Knoxville, Anthony White Jr., and Aaron White (wife Amy); his mother, Hazel White of Clinton, TN; his brother, William Orville White of Akron, OH; his two sisters, Shirley White of Park Forest, IL, and Janet White of Clinton, TN; twin granddaughters of Memphis, TN, Aniya D. White and Ayana D. White; a granddaughter of Knoxville, TN, Lakea M. Thomas; one grandson of Clinton, TN, Aarys D. White; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, including Benjamin and Betty Thomas of Oak Ridge; Jimmie and Chiquita Young of Nashville, TN; and Ivy Gail Young-Bohanon and Pamela Lee Young of Oak Ridge. He is also survived by a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends, including his Church families at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.

On Saturday, October 3, 2020, a viewing will be held from 11am – 12:30pm at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will begin at 1pm with Pastor Henry D. C. Watson officiating. Interment at Oak Ridge Memorial Park will immediately follow.

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked come I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly (Job 1:20 – 22)

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