Calvin T. White

Sunrise: April 22, 1961

Sunset: May 14, 2020

Calvin’s Story

Calvin Tyron White was born April 22, 1961 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Charlie and Pauline White. He slept into eternal rest on the morning of Thursday, May 14, 2020. As a Portsmouth native, he was educated in Portsmouth Public Schools where he began his musical abilities in the chorus. From elementary to high School, he would showcase his skills at talent shows where he would captivate the audience with his humor and musical abilities. As a child, Calvin was a member of New Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Portsmouth, where he served in the Youth Choir. He later joined Union Baptist Church where he faithfully served as the bass guitarist. He was employed by the City of Portsmouth’s Waste Management Department for 30 years.

His Passion
“The Bass Man”

Calvin had an undeniable love for gospel music and cultivated this craft as a musician. Calvin, also known as the ‘Bass Man’, displayed his love for music by playing with many local groups. During his younger years, he was a member of The Silver Trumpeteers and The Gospel Impressions. Before his passing, he was a vocalist and musician with The Group Determination. Calvin’s skill did not stop with playing instruments, but he also repaired instruments and mentored young men to be just as skillful of a musician as he was. His melodious voice, smooth personality and quick fingers are just a few attributes that will be missed at many Quartet programs. He will be missed singing favorites such as “My Soul is Anchored” and “Going to the Other Side.” Many will miss him being pulled off the stage as he declared Hallelujah and shouted out of his guitar. His passion for quartet and love for glorifying God was exhibited through his music. We thank God that his life was not in vain and that his soul was truly anchored in the Lord so that we can all see him again on the other side.

His Family

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Pauline White; his siblings Gregory White and Dr. Virginia Barnett. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Veronica; children, Nicholas McEachin, Eric  Moore, Martha Bradshaw, Jasmine Hall and Ashley Foster; siblings: Danny Hill, Sr. (Sheila), Bishop Monica Brown, Charles White (Doreatha), Garland White, Edward Gray (Pamela), William Morning (Renee), Angela Lee (Jose) and Travis Mayo (Shawana); sister-in-law, Wanda White; brother-in-law, Ronald Barnett, Sr.; eight grandchildren; God-children: Shanek Sherrod and Chavella Jones; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Viewing Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:30am Union Baptist Church 5414 Nansemond Pkwy, Suffolk, VA 23435 Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    David and Norma Jackson says

    We are so saddened by the passing of oyr dear brother. Calvin and David were both Bass Players and shared a love for music. Their friendship dates back greater than 35 yrs. Calvin was a groomsman in our wedding. He was considered family. Both David and myself along with our daughter, Jenai, is going to truly miss him. Our prayers and condolences to Veronica and the entire White family.

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    Rosemary Phillips says

    My deepest sympathy to the Hill and White family in this your hour of bereavement. May God be with you on this journey Calvin will definitely be missed.

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    Spencer Corprew says

    Calvin will be truly missed by the Corprew family rest well our dear friend. You in the arms of Jesus now no more pain or suffering. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

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    Pandora AKA..Pann says

    To Veronica and the entire white family I would like to offer my prayers and condolences to you all Calvin was one of my best friends he was and still is anchored in the Lord I know he’s alright I will miss him my prayers for your strength Veronica always in my prayers blessings. Veronica know that God will take care of you

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    Vicky Cuffee says

    May God continue to keep his loving arms around you and the family now and forever more.Keep your eyes on high God is always there.Love and peace .

    Cuffee family

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    Charles Norfleet says

    “Calvin was a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”; faithful , loyal , transparent , a kid at heart , playful , joy inspiring ; a true disciple of Christ like Peter always maturing and overcoming and helping others overcome ! To his sons , sister , brother and sister-in-law whom I met at the hospital and his home : I loved him as a true brother in Christ who never turned his back on you and always sacrificed to help you in anything :church , home , etc . Be comforted and encouraged :You did your part , now God’s doing the rest ! Love you much :Elder Charles Norfleet Psalm 1🙂🙂

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    Bishop & Mrs. Little Joe Powell, Jr. says

    To the White and Hill family, we would like to extend our sincere prayers out to the family as we pray for healing, restoration, and comfort to you. May God continue to shower you with peace during this time of sorrow. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. We love you to life.

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    Sylvester Starkes says

    To the White and Hill family, please know that my heart is heavy, but I rejoice knowing that Calvin is playing with the heavenly band. Our relationship gos back over 30 plus years… as he was one of my faithful band members. Whenever, I needed a good bass player, he was just a phone call away! Our community have lost a good one. Remember, earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal! Grace and Peace!

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    Apostle Linares and Apostle Serena Harris says

    We here at Holy Temple and Good Shepherd, send our love to the entire family. Also the Holy Temple Male Chorus send there love also. We love you and pray for your strength at this time. God is able to keep you from falling.

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    Leslie Benjamin says

    To Danny Hill & Family Calvin Always had Heaven on his mind ,Now he’s ready to receive his “CROWN OF LIFE”

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