Feb 20, 1943 – Nov 13, 2014
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.
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