Annis Scott White was born on December 17, 1951 in Norfolk, Virginia to Marshall Agusta Scott, Sr. and Minnie Babb Scott. Annis was the second out of eight children born to the Scotts. She was a very intelligent, beautiful, confident, bold, and opinionated young woman, driven towards success at an early age. Annis was personable and very likeable. She had many friends and was quite popular growing up. Although her pursuits were far from domestic, her siblings looked up to her and admired her ambition.
Annis graduated with honors from Booker T. Washington High School in 1970, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Norfolk State University four years later. Annis was not just academically minded, she was also an avid reader, master seamstress, gifted dancer and songstress. She loved God and especially enjoyed singing His praises at her home church at St. Paul Church of God in Christ where she was born and raised.
God has always ordered Annis’ steps in life. One night while out dancing, Annis noticed a young Navy man named Charles White walking in front of her. It was then that she heard the voice of the Lord saying that the same unknown young man was going to be her husband. Through the course of the evening it so happened that Charles danced with Annis. She leaned in and told him, “You don’t know it, but you’re going to marry me.” Needless to say, Charles was skeptical, but it was a perfect match; what in fact would turn out to be a 44 year match made in heaven. Their love began to blossom in June of 1975, when Annis and Charles married in Norfolk, VA before relocating to San Diego, CA duty station, at the Rosecrans Submarine Base. It was there in San Diego where the family began to expand, with the arrival of their son Christopher Charles White in February 1978, and Brian Charles White in July 1981.
As a young family far away from home, it was important to Annis to find support, so she turned to her faith once again. Annis and Charles began fellowshipping at The Good Samaritan Church under the Pastorate of Henry Mitchell and First Lady Lola Mitchell. Annis and Charles lived next to the Mitchells and forged a friendship and mentoring relationship that allowed for the White family to learn how to grow, mature, and raise two boys within a loving community!
Annis and Charles were devoted parents to their young sons. They advocated for them in school, attended conferences, school sporting events, and cheered for them constantly. They spent time together as a family, eating out, watching pro football and basketball games, and college football and track together. Annis was a fierce protector, witty, funny and enjoyed loving her family.
Annis worked for the State of California as an Auditor for the Employment Development Department and then as an Associate Auditor of the Recycling Department. She was dedicated and served faithfully for 30 years until she retired in December 2012. She also served as a notary assisting the community with their legal needs.
After retirement, Annis dedicated more time to service in the church. She studied the Bible extensively for clarity of God’s Word. She was a faithful member at New Creation Church where she worked and served in the bookstore, sang in the choir, and assisted with feeding the Men’s Program. She truly had a heart for God and people. She assisted grieving families by preparing and serving at repasses, she fed the homeless, prayed fervently and interceded for many of the people God placed on her heart. Annis had many “adopted” children from all walks of life including: the San Diego State Track Team, faculty and staff, little girls from Africa, homeless people, her church community and Navy women. She concurrently attended church with her husband at City of Hope International Church under the pastorate of Bishop Terrell Fletcher. Annis was a role model and exemplified I Thessalonians 5:12 which states, “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you.”
She loved mothering, protecting, advocating and cheering for her children, grandchildren and godchildren. She also travelled throughout the United States and overseas with her husband and girlfriends. Above all, Annis loved God and her family. She was “that girl,” and her legacy will always be cherished. All of who she was could not be captured in so few words, but many of you that knew her… know.
On November 6, 2019, Annis Scott White left time and entered into eternity. She was preceded in death by her parents Minnie and Marshall Scott, Sr. and brother Marshall Scott, Jr. Left to treasure her legacy and memory are: her devoted husband of 44 years, Charles White; sons: Christopher (Wanda) White, and Brian (April) White; sisters: Yvonne Turner, Gail Crawley (Charles), Jacqueline Robinson (Surly), Marjorie Whidbee, and Pamela Veale; brother Al Tony Scott (Rene); 2 sister-in-loves: Linda and Shirley Giles; grandchildren: KiJana, Christopher, Kavontae, Christina, Charleigh, Cristi, Christiana, Christo, and Symphony Snow White; godchildren: Jazmine, Brynton, Diamond and Conrad; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family, extended family, and friends.
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