Frank White

Feb 20, 1943 – Nov 13, 2014

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Frank White, age 71 died peacefully at his home on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from natural causes.  Frank was born February 20, 1943 to Leon White and Corene Levingston in Shreveport Louisiana.  He married Josephine Coleman of Mansfield Louisiana, February 24, 1965.  They were divorced after 20 years of marriage.  Frank was an exceptional student and graduated at the top of his high school class at the age of 16.  He went on to earn his Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Southern University A&M, in Louisiana and later earned his Masters in Business Administration from Seattle University.  While at Southern, Frank was an enthusiastic member of the esteemed Southern marching band, playing the trombone.  Frank loved to learn and continued his education by obtaining a Brokerage and Real Estate license in later years. 

 

Immediately after graduation in 1965, Frank secured a government position at the Naval Base in Bremerton, WA where he established lifetime friendships.  He later held various federal government positions and also worked at Boeing.  He enjoyed traveling the country and spent many summers attending family reunions and participating in Charles Brown High School reunions.  One of his passions was playing dominos and cooking the best BBQ ribs you ever tasted.  His family and friends lived for the moments he would BBQ.

 

Perhaps, one of his greatest successes has been the establishment of an Income Tax Service in the heart of South Seattle, M&M Income Tax and White Reality for over a decade.  Business started out small with just a few hundred clients and grew to almost 2,000 clients with the dedication of his business partner and staff.  Frank was a staple in the neighborhood, with many Black-owned businesses in the Rainier corridor.  A testament to the sense of trust and community that was cultivated by M&M Income Tax Service was the droves of individuals of every ethnicity who piled into the small waiting room patiently waiting to have their taxes completed. One could hear children chattering, see food being brought in by clients, and hear side phone conversation about what was on the television. The smiles and laughter of friends and family united everyone in that small space.  Despite the mayhem at times, Frank could never pass up an opportunity to offer his sound, often eccentric advice and wisdom to whomever might be sitting at his desk.  He was well respected as a businessman and adored by many.

 

Frank was surrounded by the love and support of his friends, family and his life partner Mildred Dade.  Frank is survived by his former wife, Josephine Coleman; three daughters, Joycelyn Thomas, Frankie White and Malitka White of Seattle; five grandchildren, Patrice Thomas, Robert Thomas, Jamaal Thomas, Aisa Thomas and Ebony Thomas of Seattle; one great-grandson, Jamaal Thomas, Jr. of Seattle; his namesake and uncle, 109 year old Frank Levingston of Lake Charles, LA; brothers, Samuel White and Isaac White of Seattle; sisters, Naomi Wells of Shreveport, LA, Ruth Lomax of Seattle and a host of relatives friends.

 

His parents Leon White and Corene Levingston preceded Frank in death.

 

Viewing will be held at BONNEY-WATSON Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 16445 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA on Friday, 12/05 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Services at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1634 – 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA  98122 will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 6th, 2014.  A Repass will be held directly after service and includes a meal.  Interment will follow at Evergreen-Washelli Abbey View Cemetery, Brier, WA. 

 

Flowers may be sent to Bonney Watson.  Please send any monetary donations to the home of Frank’s daughter, Frankie White 1800 Grant Ave South Unit B2, Renton, WA 98055.  If you have any further inquiries contact Frank’s daughter, Joycelyn Thomas at 206-852-1234. 

 

Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of you who have expressed your condolences and offered your support.  We appreciate the gestures of love.  We look forward to celebrating his home going celebration with you.

 

Guestbook

Janet Christensen obrien
Seattle, Wa
Sep 9, 2016

Frank was the greatest man I ever meet in my life. He was a friend and my tax man for over twenty years after he took over Mrs King's clients. I truly loved Frank White and will always miss him. He helped everyone.

Dimitri Frank-Kora (Kebba Kora)
Renton, WA
Apr 13, 2015

To the White Family, today I received the message that I was not expecting! The loss of Uncle Frank, he was an amazing person that I love very dearly. I have known him for years from preparing my taxes and other business needs. Today my heart is broken but God had a beautiful that he taken to add to the garden of life. May God strengthen you all today and everyday.

RIP

UNCLE FRANK

Latonya McLemore
Seattle, Wa
Dec 6, 2014

My condolences thoughts and prayers go out to the white family. I truly enjoyed the experience and time spent working with Frank. Your father is an amazing person and will be truly missed.

Opal Watters
Seattle, Wa
Dec 6, 2014

My condolences to the family. Mr Frank was truly a blessing to the community.

Anne Marie Williams
Hartford , CT
Dec 6, 2014

Quite frankly this is like loosing my mother and father all over again. I don't quite know where to begin and yet it has begun. This “at a loss for words”, stunned by the mere fact that our Dear Uncle Frank is now among the ancestors, in that “new sky”; that some of us only hope to be when we transition over. ….And he would say….”Well it is what is Anne Marie” , in his matter of fact way. I will miss his unpredictable jokes and laughter when you never expect it, his pearls of wisdom that would astound you when quite frankly you needed but didn't realize you did and his spirit for family at the heart of every real situation. Yes, he was that man.

So how can we move forward and grasp what has now begun? I will begin to imagine what I will miss most and then those memories will begin with…………. smoked fill barbeques that were a John & Clarkie Family Reunion MUST! Those articulate questions that lead to some of “the most world” extraordinary and yet mind boggling conversations that would get you all up in roar and leave you laughing down on the floor. He had that effect to move you in such away that sometimes left you thinking and wondering, “What did he just say?” and then realizing that just maybe you should consider his perspective on this particular thang. And no matter what, family is going be family, and we just got to find and show “OUR LOVE” how ever we can and when ever we can do it.

I will forever remember being told at the end of a majority of our conversations “Well listen here, I got do these taxes because they gotta be done cuz that’s what I do!” Inspiring me to take hold of whatever it is that I do and make it a life commitment that illuminates the very best of me in all that I have chosen to do. Not any less but so much more just ”BE YOUR BEST and leave the rest. Yes, Uncle Frank, I understand your metaphor, it simply can be said…. Life is what it is and sometimes there is little you can do about it. So find your GIFT inside your heart and recognize what you can give from it. Let your gift help bring beauty into this world and little by little we can change it.

RIP “UNCLE FRANK”

Charlotte M Ruff
Renton, , WA
Dec 5, 2014

You are in my thoughts and prayers. May sweet memories of your loved one comfort and sustain you

Love ,

Charlotte M Ruff

Wendy Ohaver
Tacoma, WA
Dec 4, 2014

My heart goes out to my lifelong friends/family.

Imoniee' Johnson
Seattle, WA
Dec 3, 2014

Uncle Frank,

Having the courage to speak on what you want to say, It was never at bay. To think before thee speak one can only keep.

They say wise, they say character... on people.who knew you full of laughter.

One day we would see you again with your enormous grin, being at peace we see, from indeed we morn in the thought of lost

But from heaven you smile down to bring out the sun to heat the ground

You see our eyes are red and flush,when we fell your presence you say hush...hush it will be alright

He is not saying farwell but tah-tah for now. May God bless thee, friends and family

---- I.M.J

Cyliene Montgomery
Lawrenceville, VA
Dec 3, 2014

Dear Family of Frank White,

When I heard of the passing of your Father it brought back memories of when we were neighbors so long ago. Those were the days. I pray that your memories will comfort you during this difficult time.

With Love,

Cyliene Montgomery

Frankie T. Manning
Bellevue, WA
Dec 3, 2014

To: Jocelyn and all the Family: May you all find peace in the joys you shared during the lifetime of Mr. White. In time of sorrow, I often think of some fun thing that was shared in the life of a love one, this helps me get through the pain of the loss. My prayers for comfort to you all during this painful fime.

Frankie Manning

Edgar & Zelda. Gray
Seattle, WA
Dec 2, 2014

We are praying for your family that God will comfort you in these times.

Rosa Young
Seattle, WA
Dec 2, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and family. May God continue to bless you and keep you in his care.

Mary Diggs-Hobson
Seattle, WA
Dec 2, 2014

To Joycelyn and family, AARTH Ministry's staff and board offer our deepest condolences and pray that God continues to comfort you and your family as He bring peace and healing.

Rev. Mary Diggs-Hobson

Tara Dancy
Aurora, IL
Dec 1, 2014

To the White family, I just am sending my condolences to you during your time of bereavement. May God continue to give you strength.

Tara Dancy

JoEtte Montgomery
Nashville, TN
Dec 1, 2014

Our prayers are with you all. God bless you.

Randy & Dinah Craig
Compton, CA
Dec 1, 2014

Our Prayers are with you and your family. May God continue to strengthen you during this time. He's an Awesome God.

Love,

Randy & Dinah Craig

Theresa Bash
Seattle, WA
Nov 30, 2014

Praying for peace and comfort for the family.

Charles & Barbara Flanagan
West Covina, Ca
Nov 30, 2014

Our condolences and prayers to the family, may God bless and strengthen you all.

Shirley Thompson Dennis
Beaumont, CA
Nov 30, 2014

To the family. Frank was a member of our class of 1960. We enjoyed many reunions together. He hosted the 2012 reunion. We will always remember his generosity during our stay in Seattle.He will be missed. We all loved him. We pray for the family to continue strength to go forward. REST IN PEACE FRANK.

Shirley Dennis and the CLASS OF 1960 from Brown High School.

Sylvia Cooper
Plano, Tx
Nov 30, 2014

To the White Family:

My thoughts and prayer's are with you all. May God produce you peace during this time and after.

Peace and Blessings!

Sylvia Cooper

Marilyn Y. Fudge
Seattle, WA
Nov 28, 2014

To the family of Mr,White, I wanted to let you all know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr.White, was my Tax Man for about 15 years, he was a beautiful soul. Always think about something happy or funny, it will make you smile.

Willie H. Phillips
Dallas, Tx
Nov 28, 2014

My condolence to Frank White's family. It brings sadness to my heart, as I remember the moments Frank and I shared at Brown High School, Class of 1960. Also, the class reunions that we have attended and fellowship together. My prayers shall be for the entire White family during this time of sadness.

Love,

Willie and Margaret Woodfork Phillips

Patricia Newton
Seattle, WA
Nov 28, 2014

I extend my prayers and condolences to Mr. White's family. I will miss my annual visits and conversations with him. He rendered a valuable service to me and to so many in the community of which he was a part. Seattle has lost an icon in the community.

Brenda White Wynn and Helen White Brock
Atlanta, GA
Nov 27, 2014

To my dear cousin, my perspective looking from a distance:

There was a man that had a sheep. The sheep was furry and black. One day someone stole the sheep. The man searched frantically for his sheep but could not find it. The thief was aware of the owners desire to find his sheep. In order to cover the theft of the sheep the thief decided to shear the fur from the sheep on one side. He would then pass through the town carrying the sheep with the sheared side showing. The man entered the town and searched door to door. When he asked one man if he had seen his furry sheep, the man said, I saw a man carrying a sheep through the town but the side I saw was shaven.

Let me tell you about the side I saw of cousin Frank.

I saw a man born of parents of modest means but seeking higher education. I saw a man not just able to appreciate higher education but was able to achieve it. I saw a man of strength, able to transport himself to a place where he didn't see many people who looked like him. He didn't have role models in this place so he operated on his vision. In spite of all the obstacles he was able to build a life, family, business and leave a legacy for his family. I saw a man that loved his family and was a gracious host to anyone visiting him. He could not do enough to make his family and friends find comfort in his surroundings.

As a cousin I see the legacy and received this generosity. This makes me proud to say you were my first cousin.

You will be missed but your legacy will forever

Love You,

Brenda, Helen and Joan

Luz Dary and Katrin White
Atlanta, Ga
Nov 27, 2014

Dear Family,We Want to gave our little prayer.

Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory

O gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the

Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning

love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory,

have mercy on them.

Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some

drops of Your precious Blood fall upon the

devouring flames.

and, Merciful Savior, send Your angels to conduct

them to a place of refreshment, light and peace . Amen

DeEtte Montgomery
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 26, 2014

Joycelyn, Frankie, and Malitka my deepest sympathy to you as you mourn the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. May God bless you and give you strength.

Bambino Phillip
Dar es salaam, ia
Nov 26, 2014

To the Family,

May the love of Jesus give you comfort and keep you with hope as we look forward seeng our beloved one's in that great Morning.

Barbara thomas Green
Cullen, La
Nov 26, 2014

To the family you have our deepest sympathy ,classmates of 1966,Love and prayers.

Ruby LivingstonTrina & Tiera
Temecula, Ca
Nov 25, 2014

My condolence to all the family. No words but the words of god can comfort & heal. Stay strong in god & he will see you through. God bless you and we are praying for you for guidance. I regret that we could not have more time with each other because of circumstances. I hope to keep in touch in the future. Your cousin (1st)

Bettye B Rhynes
Springhill, LA
Nov 25, 2014

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of one of my dear classmates from Charles H. Brown High School, Class of 1960. I will forever treasure the memories of Frank White. The entire family will be in my Prayers. Remember if God bring it to you, He will get you through it. Keep the Faith!

Verna Kilic
Seattle, WA
Nov 25, 2014

Rest in peace, Mr. White. You were always friendly and kind to me, from my childhood days when I spent so much time at your house visiting my best friend, Joycelyn, to going to Sonics games with you and your daughters, to seeing you at family celebrations, dressed dapper, and serving up memories while you grilled wonderful food for your family and friends. You live on through your family, especially your loving daughters.

Attila Kilic
Seattle, Wa
Nov 25, 2014

May you rest in peace Frank,

You have raised a great family. We are honored to have known them and proud to be part of your family...

Attila

Walter Lee Little 3rd
Hartford, Ct
Nov 25, 2014

God Bless you Uncle Frank your BBQ rib recipe will live on as well as your loving spirit.

Tiara Calloway
seattle, WA
Nov 24, 2014

R.I.P. Uncle Frank

Hattie Phillips Jenkins
Manchester, Ct
Nov 24, 2014

Cousin Frank REST IN PEACE

Morris and Renee Livingston
Chula Vista, CA
Nov 24, 2014

Joycelyn, Frankie, Malitka; John, Naomi, Ruth and Samuel:

We extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. Frank exemplified the Levingston/White legacy in every way. May his love for family and quest for excellence remain in your hearts forever.

Dominic Moody
Renton , Wa
Nov 24, 2014

Mr White (Dad)I will miss you and your awesome advice.

Shannon Levingston-McCowan
Shreveport, LA
Nov 24, 2014

My prayers are with the family. May God comfort you, give you strength, and give you peace that passeth all understanding.

Dennis and Judie Brantley
Houston , tx
Nov 22, 2014

Our sincerest condolences to the family. Uncle Frank was a great example of a go getter. Thats what i remember most about him was his pursuit of execellence. May he rest in peace. Love to all

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Mary Lightfoot
Rochester, NY
Nov 22, 2014

May God continue to bless you during this difficult time.

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