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Blanch White
West Hill Cemetery

From Catherine Caldwell
Blanch  White

This notice was posted on Oct 30, 2007

Blanche Cordelia Cumming Hamilton White, 88, year old Sherman resident,
passed away October 30, 2007 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center. Services
will be held at 2:00PM on Friday, November 2, 2007 at Dannel Funeral
Home Chapel. Dr. Eddy Johnson of Grayson Bible Baptist Church will
officiate. Interment will follow at West Hill Cemetery. The family will
receive friends at Dannel Funeral Home on Thursday, November 1, 2007
from 6 until 8:00PM.
Blanche was born on February 3, 1919 in Grayson County, Texas to William
J. Cumming and Flora T. Wright Cumming. She was the youngest of six
children, who shared the family home in the Friendship community west of
The Friendship United Methodist Church and cemetery association and
congregation were a vital part of her childhood years as well as an
influence throughout her life. All of her four sisters and one brother
as well as her parents and two husbands have preceded her in death.
Blanche attended Grayson County schools and graduated from Sherman High
in 1938. She began working for S. H. Kress Variety Store in Sherman as a
teen and continued to be a well known and efficient sales representative
for Jaco's Men & Boy Wear, Price's Department Store and Hall' s
Furniture over the course of the next 35 plus years. She was known for
her smile, quick wit and ability to assist customers in every area of
On March 17, 1947 she married R. Leo Hamilton of Leonard and they made
their home in Sherman and to this union one daughter was born. He
preceded her in death on December 3, 1963. She married Sidney Lefkowitz
White in January 1971 and shared her life with him maintaining a second
residence in Brownsville. While married to Mr. White they owned and
operated apartment complexes in Brownsville as well as traveled to
several foreign countries. After returning to Sherman, Sidney White also
preceded her in death on December 11, 1984.
After Mr. White's death Blanche volunteered as a Pink Lady for WNJ
Hospital Auxiliary giving approximately 2000 hours over nearly eight
years of service.
With her four sisters Blanche shared the honor of being a charter member
of Grayson Bible Baptist, first known as Central Baptist of Sherman. She
was a faithful member of the congregation for over seven decades.
In her early retirement years, Blanche was blessed with many
opportunities to travel. Gardening was her favorite past time as the
many roses surrounding her home proved. She was a member of the Grayson
County Senior Dance Group and enjoyed both the exercise and
socialization provided by those she met there. Various friendship groups
were a part of her long life as she enjoyed playing 42-
dominoes and visiting the sick.
She is survived by her daughter Joyce Hamilton Griffis of Sherman,
grandson Michael Griffis and wife Shannon of Tallahassee, FL, James
Griffis of St. Petersburg, FL, granddaughter Karen Griffis Moore and
husband Mark of Mobile, AL and nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of
special friends, especially John Hunter whom she enjoyed as a companion
for the last few years.
Pallbearers for Blanche White will be members of Grayson Bible Baptist
If desired memorials may be made to Sherman High School Ex-students
museum 120 W. King, Sherman, TX 75090,Friendship Cemetery Association
4141 Elliott RD. Sherman, TX 75090, Grayson Bible Baptist Church, 4400
E. US Hwy 82, Sherman
TX 75090, American Heart Association/Texas affiliate INC, PO Box 15186
Austin, TX 78761-5186 or Home Hospice of Grayson County, 505 W. Center,
Sherman, TX 75090 all of which played a role at various times in her

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