Viola Van Dora White
Viola Van Dora White
  • May 24, 1928 - January 22, 2018
  • Saint Petersburg, Florida

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VIOLA VAN DORA COOKERLEY WHITE, 89, Roanoke, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 22. She was beloved by her daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends who all share their own very special memories of times spent with her. Her faith and love will be missed.
Viola was a homemaker and a renowned seamstress who fashioned clothes, from everyday sportswear to wedding dresses, for her children and clients. Having a special needs child (Serena) whom everyone loved and adored, Viola was instrumental in establishing the first Sunday School class for special needs children at Skycrest Baptist Church in the mid-1960s. Viola's legacy is her steadfast faith which she imparted to her children from their early upbringing.
Viola was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Serena Ann White; husband, Durward Dwight (D.D.) White; sister, I. Louise Pierce; mother, W. Irene Williams Bailey; and father Clyde John Roy (Toby) Cookerley. She is survived by four beloved daughters, Judy Lynn Burton Davis (Haskel), Sherridan Burton Revell (Jim), Susan Patricia Burton Whitmore (Dee) and Regena Dee White Stefanchick (Steve); one sister, Vickie Brackett (Roby); seven grandchildren Chris Davis, Tracie Spencer, Jackie Cot, Amberlea Cot, Hollie Cot, Joshua Cot and Natalie Cot; and five great-grandchildren, Taryn Spencer, Teagan Spencer, Theresa Serena Cot, Airella Johnson and Yhant Webb.
Visitation is held at 2:00 PM followed immediately by a funeral service at 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 28, at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, 2853 Sunset Point Rd, Clearwater. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Arc Tampa Bay (formerly UPARC, Inc.),, a major support to daughter Serena Ann.