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Sylvester  G White
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Sylvester G. White was born December 23, 1929 to Georgia Lee and Tony White. He grew up in a loving home with seven sisters, Christine, Pauline, Elizabeth, Frances, Betty, Mary Jo, and Edna and six brothers, Theodore, Marshall, Melvin, John, Jimmy and Billie. He attended Evans Grammar School and Dalton High School in Gaston, MO. Sylvester played the tuba in the high school band and he also sang in the high school choir. While he was still in high school, he worked as a ranch hand for the Brands and the Browns.

He was drafted in the United States Army in 1950 and faithfully served his country for a short time until his service was cut short due to a military related illness. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he worked as a laborer doing construction work and shortly thereafter, he became one of the first black foreman in Kansas City, MO. One year later, he was asked if he wanted to relocate and transfer to Los Angeles, California. He accepted the offer and in California, Sylvester worked for Ceco Corporation as a foreman and retired after thirty-five years of service. He was recognized for his ability in leadership, his trustworthiness, his knowledge and understanding of reading blueprints, and dependability of getting the job done in a timely manner. When he retired, he was awarded with a plaque by the C.E.O. He also worked in Las Vegas, Nevada as foreman at Whisky Pete Casino, Sahara Hotel, and supervisor for Rehab 2000. Among his other many talents, he also remodeled several homes and buildings and truly loved what he did. Sylvester White loved helping friends, strangers, and family. He was a hard-working man and will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him, especially by his loving wife of eighteen years, Raia and his family who all loved him dearly.

Sylvester White, Sr. was preceded in death by both parents, three brothers, Melvin White, Marshall White, and Theodore White; two sisters Elizabeth Gethers, Pauline Samuels, and two sons, Stanley White and Sylvester White, Jr.

He leaves to cherish his life and legacy, his wife, Raia White; daughters, Sylvia Simm, Alfreda Woody, Almedia Bragg, and Esmeralda Vences; sons, Angelo Bragg and Fermin Vences ; brothers, John White, Jimmy White, and Billie White; sisters, Christine White, Francis Crafton, Betty Davis, Mary Jo white, and Edna Narcissee, a special niece, Maria Ellison, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


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