Phara Gordon White


Services for Phara Gordon White, 96, of Kilgore will be held at Rader Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 13. Officiating the ceremony will be David Hampton and Dr. Pete Freeman. Interment will follow at the Danville Cemetery.

Phara went to be with her Lord in the evening of Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Phara was born November 27, 1921 in Chicota, Lamar County, Texas, to John Tiffen Gordon and Sina Stubblefield Gordon. She graduated from Chicota High School, and attended Paris Junior College, Kilgore Junior College and the Tyler Eastern School of Nursing.

Retired after working 32 years at the Kilgore Medical Clinic, Phara was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Kilgore. Evidence showed her call to mission as she cared for those less fortunate while serving on the Mission Committee of her church. She served many years as Director of WMU in the Gregg County Baptist Association and was a faithful supporter of Primera Mision Bautista Church of Kilgore. Phara was a volunteer from day one at Helping Hands and continued to volunteer for many years. She treasured the friendships she made while being a member of Kilgore Church Women where she served as coordinator for Meals on Wheels for 11 years. Phara’s church family was a big part of her life, especially the members of her Sunday school class.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, A.B. (Doc) White; sisters, Pauline (Penny) McAnnally Jones and Margaret Love; brothers, Travis W. Gordon and wife Opal Hunter, and James Harry Gordon and wife Retha Gray; nieces, JoAnn McAnally Forman, Linda Jones Ball, Elvira Gordon Pratt and Barbara Gordon Clifton; nephews, Charles Gordon, Marion Gordon, James Gordon McAnally, Robert L. Gordon and J.T. Gordon; brother in law, Howard W. Frye.

Those left to cherish her memory are stepson Gordon White and wife Lynn White of Spring, Texas;

three granddaughters all of Spring: Laura Weidemann and husband Shawn, sons Gavin and Brady, Amanda Tietze and husband BJ, daughter Abby and son Ben, Allison Saladino and husband Dee, son Anthony and daughter Carly; sister, Mary Kathryn Frye of Chicota; brother in law, Robert Love of Powderly, Texas; nieces, Janis Frye Cowart Allman of Plano, Pam Love Mehohoff and husband Jim of Liberty Lake, Wash., and “special” great-niece Tracy Cowart Tucker Carmichael of Chicota; nephews, Jim Love and wife Elsie of Chicota, Tim Love and wife Kathy of McKinney, and Kenny Love of McKinney, as well as many cousins, great nieces and great nephews.

A special recognition should be given to Nadine Pittman, who has been her loving caregiver and special friend for many years; Dr. Surya Lanka, her longtime physician, and the many helpful and caring people at Heritage Hospice and the Assisted Living Facility of Arabella of Kilgore.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in care of the First Baptist Church of Kilgore, 501 E. North St, Kilgore, 75662, Helping Hands of Kilgore, 201 South Martin St., Kilgore, or the charity of your choice.

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