Date of Death: August 1, 2023

Service Details

A graveside service will be held Monday, August 7, 2023 at noon at Moorepark Cemetery, located a quarter mile east of US-131 on Moorepark Road.

Obituary Notice

Clarence Vernon White Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2023 at the age of 86. He was the oldest son of Clarence Sr. and Larue White, born in Clarendon, Arkansas, upon relocating to Kalamazoo, Michigan at the age of thirteen.

On March 24, 1962, Vernon married the love of his life, Betty Jean White, as they shared 61 beautiful years together. Their love and commitment to each other were an inspiration to all who knew them. Clarence Vernon Jr. is survived by his two sons and one daughter: Todd White (wife Lori Estelle White), Michael White (wife Laurie Annette White), and daughter Amy White. He was a loving and supportive father, active in their sports and pursuits.

Clarence Vernon was also a cherished Grandfather to his four grandchildren, Jessica White-Hayes, Myles White, Mya White, Aidan White, and his great-granddaughter Riley Grace Hayes. He adored spending time with his family, creating lasting memories that will be treasured forever.

As the oldest of seven siblings, Vernon had a special bond with his brothers and sisters. Annette Perkins, Polly Kirvin preceding him in passing, is survived by Phyllis Dungey, Thomas White, Ronald White, and David White. Their close-knit family was a source of strength and unity throughout the years.

Vernon attended Western Michigan University in 1956, became a founding member of the Western Michigan University chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and was a stand out member of the Track team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and a Minor in History. He proudly then served in the United States Army Reserves for four years.

Vernon had a career as an AP Supervisor of the State of Michigan Department of Social Services in Centreville, Michigan. For over 30 years, he diligently served the community, making a distinct impact on the lives of many. His dedication and professionalism were exemplary, earning him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.

Upon his retirement, Vernon remained actively involved in the St. Joseph County community. He selflessly served on numerous boards and task forces, contributing his valuable insights and leadership. His commitment to making a difference in the lives of others was recognized with various prestigious awards.

In his free time, Vernon pursued his passion for art and photography. He had a keen eye for capturing beauty and was always eager to share his creations with others. His talent and creativity were admired by all who had the pleasure of experiencing his artwork.

Above all, Vernon was a devout member of Grant Chapel AME in Three Rivers, MI. His faith was an integral part of his life, providing him with strength and guidance. He actively participated in church activities and served as an inspiration to others through his unwavering devotion.

Vernon will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. His legacy of love, dedication, and service will continue to live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him forevermore.

Additional Information

Flowers may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, in advance of the service.

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  1. I grew up across the highway from Mr and Mrs White. His oldest son Todd and me enjoyed a great friendship as youngsters. Spent time at their home and had the occasion as a young man to meet Mr. White. Though our interactions were brief, he always struck me as a father, that if I didn’t have my father, would be my choice as a dad. He was quiet but quite sure of himself and had no doubt who he was. A man of rectitude, a man of faith, a man after God’s own heart. I remember him.

    May God Have Mercy on his soul.

  2. I met Vernon when is family moved on Harrison St. Next to my Aunt Myrtle’s house. On Harrison St. Kalamazoo,Mi.
    We both were teenagers.
    I know we was at Kalamazoo Central at the same time. But I lost contact with him. But not his family. My deepest condolences to Betty and his entire family.
    You’re in my prayers.
    Helen (Mills) Brooks and Family

  3. My condolences to my family. Uncle Vernon will truly missed. Uncle Vernon was a very soft spoken man, and very sweet Uncle. I will miss some of the conversation we had on the phone. God has truly gained a angle. Miss and never forgotten. Love you your niece Polly White

    • To Betty White and Family:

      Evangelist John and I, (Pastor Bobette Hampton,) extend our deepest sympathies lto you and the Family. I have fond memories of Vernon, his parents and the White family as we all grew up together in Allen Chapel AME Church. Kalamazoo, MI. and I had the honor of eulogizing his aunt, “Blondell Vaughn, and officiating at Todd’s wedding. I can truly say that Vernon was a strong Man of God, and displayed his Christian upbringing in life, at home, on the job, community, and definitely at church! The life he lived is his eulogy.. Vernon shall suffer no more for on August 1, 2023, God called him from labor to reward and to his heavenly home. Vernon is now ‘safe in the arms of Jesus.

      In Deepest Sympathy

    • My heart was sadden when I learned of the passing of Mr. Vernon. Memories will always be with me of him. I hope this scripture gives you comfort: Psalms 30:5 “Weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning. Praying for all the family. 🙏🏿

  4. I am sorry to hear of his passing. I worked with Vern at DHS/FIA/DHSS in Centreville. He was such a kind and loving man. May he rest in peace and may God comfort his family and friends.

      • Uncle Vernon always greeted you with a smile and a kind word. He will truly be missed but his legacy will continue to live on his beautiful children and grandchildren. My thoughtful and prayers are with Aunt Betty and his entire family.

        Love Marla Gilreath

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