June 27, 1837 - January 8, 1920
|Victoria Elizabeth, daughter of Noah Scales and —— Cardwell, was born in Bedford County (near Shelbyville), Tennessee, June 27, 1837, and was married to Rev. Thos. B. White, a member of the Tennessee Conference, December 23, 1855.
In response to an urgent call for laborers in a needy territory, the young preacher and his wife, along with others, moved to Louisiana at the close of the year 1856; after a consecrated service of sixteen years in that State, with the same heroic spirit, they volunteered for the difficult Western work and for a period of thirteen years, save a brief period of service in Colorado, labored in the State of Oregon. On account of Brother White’s failing health, they returned to Louisiana in 1885 and were in the itinerant ser-vice until the close of 1894, when this faithful man of God was granted the superannuate relation. In a home of their own in Ruston, they lived until the husband’s death in 1899.
Sister White survived her husband for a little more than twenty-one years, passing away from her home in Ruston on January 8, 1920, at tile ripe age of eighty-two years and six months: She made a profession of faith and united with the church as she was entering young womanhood, and ever afterwards was loyal to the Savior and His church. Few persons have loved the church of God more than she, and she was always in her place at worship if possible. She was a pastor’s friend and adviser; ever anxious that he might reach by his influence every Possible person .She was a woman of sprightly intellect, artistic tastes and exceptional social qualities, retaining her faculties unim-paired until the end. She took a keen interest in world happenings and in the connec-tional affairs of time church, as well as in local matters, and was an enthusiastic worker In all its organized activities.
She manifested a remarkable interest in young life, being for many years of her old age a
teacher in the Young People’s Department of the Sunday school, and keeping in personal touch with her former pupils. Her great joy was to know of their individual spiritual welfare. A large number of young men and women revere her memory.
Always liberal and giving generously to the Lord’s cause from her moderate annual stipend,
she bequeathed the SUM of five hundred dollars to be known as the T. B. White Memorial Fund, to be invested for the benefit of the superannuated preachers of the Louisiana Conference, and in addition, a complete bedroom set of handsome furniture to the local parsonage.
Sister White is survived by two children, Mrs. Lehia Camson, Savannah, Georgia, and Dr. Stuart L. White, physician, Ruston, La.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1920, pages 66-67, by. R. H. Wynn.|