“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whether I go ye know, and the way ye know.” (Jon 14:1-4)
Reverend Dr. Garland W. White exchanged his earthly existence for eternal rest with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri. At the time of his transition to his heavenly home, Reverend White had sojourned here on earth for 55 years, 6 months and 14 days. He was born a son of the late Wade Louis Evans and Flo Ella White on December 29, 1957, in Sharon, Tennessee where he spent most of his life before moving to Martin, Tennessee. He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Etta Mae White whom he truly adored; his sister Rita Gadlen; his brother, Reverend Tonnie White; Eddie “Paw Paw” Ray Jones, and Minnie “Granny” Lee who lovingly embraced him after the death of his parents.
Seeing the need of a personal Savior in his life, Garland accepted Christ at a very early age. He was baptized into the Pleasant View Baptist Church family under the pastorate of the late Reverend Sam Gighem. After having accepted the call into the Ministry on June 9, 1975, Reverend White later became an ordained minister who went on to pastor several churches in the surrounding area, his first being his home church, Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church in Sharon. Preaching became his greatest passion in life. As a pastor, many souls were led to Christ under his spiritual guidance at the following churches of which he was the Shepherd: St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Obion, TN; Second Christian Church, Mayfield, KY; St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Wingo, KY; Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Martin and St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Mounds, IL where he was presently serving as the proud pastor. During Reverend White’s ministry, he served as president of the Mayfield Ministerial Fellowship, the Southern Illinois Ministries Alliance, and the Zion District Congress of Christian Education. He was presently serving as Vice-Moderator of the Zion District Association. His love and desire to spread God’s message of salvation also led to his serving in the ministries of Alcohol and Drug Intervention, Care of Cancer Patients and Families, and Chaplain Training for the Baptist Hospital systems. Reverend was also a member of the Zion District Association of Southern Illinois, Baptist General State Conventions of Illinois and the National Baptist Convention USA Incorporated. He loved ministering to others in times of need, officiated many funerals, performed services of Holy Matrimony, and made countless hospital visits, just to mention a little of what he did in the name of the Lord.
Reverend White met and married a beautiful woman he chose to be his bride, the former Jewell Marberry. To this union a loving family was raised. This relationship, as in all, had its trials and tribulations, but through it all, God blessed us each and every one. The love shared between husband and wife stood the test of time, making the good outweigh the bad. The thirty-six years shared as husband, wife and family will be cherished and remembered as life continues on.
Reverend White was lovingly and affectionately known to many and all as “G” or “GW” or “Rev” of which he answered to each one. “G” was a unique individual who touched the lives of many people. Having a big heart, he would do without himself to help others. The love he received from his grandmother led him to understand and believe that if you could help somebody as you pass along, cheer somebody with a word or song, then your living would not be in vain. He was a dedicated pastor as well as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, neighbor, friend, and counselor. As a brother, he was awesome, there could have been no one better. “GW” loved his family, took care of them and believed that family was of utmost importance. That love spread far and wide, especially to his nieces and nephews. He never stopped serving in his ministerial capacity during his illness, making his way to church, which he dearly loved, even on his sickest days. Reverend was a man of much love and great faith who believed strongly that “with faith all things are possible.” He not only preached love and faith, but also lived a life that demonstrated compassion and conviction to his mission of serving God’s people. He was looked upon as a man who found good in anyone and would help anyone as best he could. He was not judgmental and would give everyone the benefit of doubt. One could quite often hear him sharing his favorite quotes of wisdom: “Hold your holt!”, “Got two knots in a row and holding on”, and “Just because people are nice, they don’t have to be nice to you.” Much thought and reason could be gotten from thinking about what had been said on many occasions. “GW” was also an avid golfer and fisherman when he could spend time at leisure.
He leaves to remember, cherish and hold dear to heart fond and loving memories:
His Darling Wife, Jewel M. White, of Martin; two children, Mario Marberry of Fargo, ND and Camita Marberry of Denver, CO; two grandchildren, Imani Marberry, St Louis, MO; Malcolm Marberry, Independence, MO; three brothers, Marvin Evans of Sharon; Greg (Pam)Evans, of Sharon; Tracy White, Nashville; one sister, Twylia White, Sharon; a sister-in-law, Jessica Leigh Pitts White, Sharon; two uncles, J.D. (Orteria) Evans, Jr., of Sharon, Larry (Marilyn) Evans, of Martin; great-Uncle Cornelius Bradford, St. Louis, MO; and two aunts, Sue Williamson of Milan and Maggie Edmonston of Sharon.
Services were Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Martin, Tennessee. Visitation from 10:00am to 2:00pm also at the church. Burial in Highland Cemetery in Sharon, Tennessee. Mason’s Memorial Chapel, 420 E. Water Street, Mayfield, Kentucky in charge of arrangements.