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Cynthia R. White


Sunrise: May 21, 1957

Sunset: January 30, 2024

To love and be loved is the greatest gift on earth”. Cynthia’s greatest gift was the love for her family.

On the afternoon of January 30, 2024, our beloved Cynthia Reneé White earned her wings as she was called home to glory by the Lord. She was the eldest of four children born on May 21, 1957, to Margie Juanita Hayes, and the late Wilbert Lee. Riddick, Sr.

Cynthia was a graduate of Norview High School in Norfolk, VA, but also attended Oscar F. Smith High School in Chesapeake VA, where she met her high school sweetheart Duane T. White, Sr.

She was married to Duane Thomas White, Sr. for 49 years before her passing. Their marriage produced 3 children, LaToya J. White, Duane T. White Jr, and Ebony D. White. She was a devoted military spouse who supported her husband and family throughout his 25 years of military service. Her hobbies include singing, spending time with her children and grandchildren, cooking, and going to the movies.

At an early age she received Christ in her life. She was a faithful member of the New Hope Church of God in Christ under Bishop Herman Clark, Sr., who committed herself to doing the will of God. Her employment includes 31 years of service at Brandon Middle School as a food service associate and 21 years of service as a Walmart associate.

Cynthia is predeceased by her father, Wilbert Lee Riddick, Sr. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Duane T. White, Sr. of Chesapeake; 2 daughters, LaToya J. White of Maryland, Ebony D. White of Suffolk; her son, Duane T. White, Jr. (Taura) of Chesterfield, VA;  mother, Margie H. Sneed of Virginia Beach; stepfather, Norris Sneed of Virginia Beach;  uncle, Clifton Hayes, Sr. (Carolyn) of Chesapeake; 2 sisters, Tanya Riddick of Chesapeake and Kim Riddick of Norfolk; and her brother, Wilbert Lee, Riddick, Jr. of Norfolk.

Affectionately known as “Nanny” to her grandchildren whom she loved immensely, she leaves to cherish her memory her granddaughters, Kierra Reneé, Sheyla, Leila, Nia, and Spenser “Spinny”; her grandsons, Shell and Elijah; her best friend who later became her sister-in-law, Sharon Spikes of Virginia Beach; 5 sisters-in-law, 4 brothers-in-law, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and loved ones whom she cherished

Viewing Thursday, February 15, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 West Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Friday, February 16, 2024 11:00am New Hope COGIC 3232 Brest Avenue Norfolk, VA 23509 Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Patrick Franklin says

    My sincere condolences to you and your family 🙏🏾. Denise Estes family ❤️

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    Deacon Emeritus, Carolyn Hayes says

    May this dear family find additional comfort in knowing the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Berkley is praying for you.

    The Rev. Dr. Carl Sherrill, Pastor

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      LaVoreen McPherson says

      Condolences to the family of Mrs. White. She will always hold a special memory in our heart here at Brandon Middle School. Her kind and gentle ways helped each child (and adult) make it through each day. She spoke often about her family, especially her grandchildren and was super proud of each accomplishment you all achieved. Continue to shine brightly, remembering your grandmother’s love, strength and kindness.

      L. McPherson

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    Lois Thorogood says

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Cynthia. May the special memories you made together help your family through this difficult time.

    Our sincere condolences,

    Lois Thorogood and Family

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    Barbara Bryant says

    My condolences to you and your family

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    Edward Brooks says

    On behalf of Edward & Sharon Brooks family, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the entire White family during this most difficult time. It’s our prayer that God’s peace will be upon each of you in the days to come. We love you and we are for you. The Brooks family

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    Deloris Bishop ONeal says

    I went to school and also lived next door to Cynthia. Praying that God will comfort you all doing this difficult times..

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    Tina and Donald Williams says

    Sending our Deepest Condolences and Prayers to your Family may God continue to bless you all during this time of need Love to all

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    Delphia McCoy says

    Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time and wishing you comfort and peace. Praying for her children.

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    Lisa Bey says

    Truly sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the entire family.

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    Mike and Denise Estes says

    To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! Our deepest condolences to the family! Cynt was an absolutely beautiful person! We love her dearly and she will truly be missed! We love you, Big Cat, Toya, Lil Cat, and Ebony! We are praying your strength 💔

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    Angela Legler says

    My condolences to the family of Ms. Cindy. She was a bright spot in my morning routine at Brandon Middle School. She called me Ms. Pinky due to my fondness of the color pink. I would enjoy our short walks in the hallways in the mornings. She will be missed terribly.

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    Stephanie Thomas says

    My deepest condolences to your family. May God bring you peace during this difficult time of bereavement. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    ROBERT HITCHMAN JR says

    MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES MAY THE MOST HIGH AID AND PROTECT GUIDE AND DIRECT THRU THE TIME OF BEREAVEMENT AND EVER TOM-CAT YOU AND FAMILY FOREVER IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FROM RS HITCHMAN JR AND FAMILY ONE LO❤️E 4IVER&IVER. (ARMYSTRÒNĜ)💪CLOVERDALE CITY

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    Annie Jackson says

    Rest well Cynthia. She was always a bright light. May you all find comfort in knowing that the God of comfort is with you and will grant you peace during this difficult time.

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    Charlotte Ackerson says

    My condolences to all who loved this beautiful lady. 🙏🏾

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