Barbara Christine Gates White • August 29, 2021

Barbara Christine Gates White, 91, died at her home in Cantonment, FL, August 29, 2021.
Funeral Services will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, with Visitation at 10:00 a.m. and the Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow.

Her strong Christian faith was the center of her life as a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and daughter.

She was born in Canoe, AL, August 30, 1929.​Growing up in Atmore, AL, she graduated from Escambia County High School as Valedictorian, class of 1947, and was among the first telephone operators at Southland Telephone Company. For a decade she was a Dispatcher for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, retiring in 1986.

​Christine is survived by her husband of 72 years, Joel Burnette White; sons Michael Burnette White (Yolanda) of Floresville, TX, and Glenn Craig White of Cantonment; daughters-in-law Jane White of Ponchatula, LA, Kathy Johnson (Greg) of Charlotte, NC, and Janice White of Pensacola; grandchildren Patrick White of Orange Beach, AL, Jeremy White (Sherie) of Pensacola, Brian White (Stephanie) of Pace, Jamie White of Pensacola, J. J. Moncada of Floresville, TX, Suzanne Bennett (Joe) of Crestview, Danese Smithson of Covington, LA, Suzanne Bennett (Joe) of Crestview; great-grandchildren, Alex White, Christie White, Brayden White, Callen White, Grayson White, Beckham White, Gavin White—all of Pensacola, Casey Bonin (Derek) of Tickfaw, LA, Luke Smithson of Covington, LA, Nikol Garner and Lauren Garner of Crestview; sisters Ruth Gates Wilson of San Antonio, TX and Mavis Gates of Pelham, AL. Additionally, many extended family—nephews, nieces, cousins and family by marriage—were also dear to her heart.

​She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Andrew Gates and Minnie Lou Wilson Gates;
sons Larry Norman White, Joel David White and William Richard (Bill) White.

​Christine was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Cottage Hill in Cantonment, attending and supporting its ministry faithfully as long as health permitted.

​All the family gravitated to “MawMaw and PawPaw’s house” for holidays or just “no occasions” as she lovingly prepared her delicious meals that rivaled many buffets. She counted these events among her cherished blessings and memories. Her family will likewise cherish these memories even as we miss her presence with us. We know she is in her heavenly home with Jesus.

​The family expresses appreciation to Dr. Donna Judson, Dr. Joseph Keifer, Dr. Adam Holdt, and other physicians and medical staff who have provided compassionate care through the years.

  1. Russ Swinney’ says:

    Condolences to the family.. Mrs White was loved by
    many and a joy to work with., Her smile reflected her
    Love for the Lord who I feel sure she is now wiith

  2. Vicky (McCormick) Pagonis says:

    Your mother was a comfort to me when I started in dispatch as I was only 19 and fresh out of high school and apparently led a sheltered life, I will never forget her caring and understanding. Your mother was a wonderful woman to be around ❤

  3. Fred Stallworth says:

    Chris has been a true friend to me since I was a babe in arms. Since their teenage years, when both were telephone operators, she and mother were like sisters. Chris, Joel and “the boys” have always treated our family as a part of theirs. She was one to trust God, no matter what. So thankful for her life and the impact she has had on me and upon all who knew her.

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