Carlene White, 74, of Zavalla, TX passed away peacefully at her home on Friday morning, September 14, 2018. Carlene was born on July 10, 1944 to Dock and Edna White in Livingston, TX.
Carlene was a giver, she believed in helping others and her commitment to blessing others was never dampened. She would happily give the shirt off her back to someone in need. Carlene poured her heart into a small café in Zavalla, TX that she owned and operated for many years, her customers loved her caring spirit along with her great food. Although she was known for her sweet demeanor, she had an unmatched competitive nature; from board games to late night Texas Hold-em, Carlene wanted to win but always kept her competitors smiling. She was known as a mother to many for her acts of kindness and her acceptance of people from all walks of life. Carlene attended college to become a nurse but her love for her family and her beloved café kept her busy enough. She was an avid supporter of the Zavalla eagles and attended their sporting events whenever possible. As much as she was a part of the community, the community was a part of her, she was constantly checked on and loved by so many thoughtful individuals.
The family especially recognizes Barbara Bridges, Jeanette Barnes, and Carryl Carrell who were there loving and providing support until she drew her last breath.
Carlene is survived by her sons; Jimmy Wayne Oliver and wife Debra of Bivins, TX, Larry Edward Oliver and wife Debera of Hillister, TX; daughters, Geneva Diane Whitehead and husband Robert of Nacogdoches, Janet Lee Duff and husband Darryl of Pollok, TX, Angela Denise Cheney and husband Jeremy of Zavalla, TX; brother; Sonny White; sisters, Cynthia Ann Hammersley, Delores Chandelor, Teresa White, Kay Ariaga; grandchildren, Tracy, Kimberly, Frederick, Heather, Anthony, Jennie, Kaela, Brittany, T.J., Karissa, Layne, Andrew, Dillon, Sierra, Meagan; as well as 16 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many cherished friends, including her special hold-em friends.
Carlene is preceded in death by her parents; Doc and Edna White; brother, Darrell White; and great grandchild, Logan Elias Oliver.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on September 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Zavalla, TX. A service honoring the life of Carlene will be at 10:00am on September 19, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Zavalla, TX with a burial to follow at Zavalla Cemetery.