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Fredna White

September 19, 1944 ~ November 15, 2021 (age 77)


Fredna A. Smith was born on September 19, 1944, to John T. Smith II and Bennie Kelly Smith in Waco, Texas.

She was sprinkled into the body of Christ at St. Paul A.M.E. Church at a young age. She was baptized at Antioch Baptist Church, Mexia, Texas. 
She was attended Grant Elementary, San Antonio, Texas, 2nd Grade at J. Newton Jenkins in Waco, Texas, Dorie Miller in San Antonio, Texas, Dunbar in Mexia, Texas, and G.W. Carver High School, Class of 1962.

She attended Prairie View A & M University and Paul Quinn College.  

She worked at General Tire, Hillcrest Hospital, TSTI, Temple, and Waco Veteran’s Hospitals. 
Frenda had a strong passion for people, music, printed materials, and her church and church choir, her Veterans and the V.A. Hospital, and the downtrodden. She worked tirelessly with the NAACP, she was the Democratic Precinct Chairman, 1st Female President of Local 1822 which Frenda proudly served for 24 years, and 10th District Women’s Coordinator. 
She married James E. White and they welcomed two precious children to their union. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. Smith II and Bennie Kelly Smith; her husband, James E. White and her brothers, Sidney Smith and Albert Smith.

She leaves to cherish: her children, Charisse Coleman, Jonathan S. White and wife, Quinnette M., Debra (White) Green, and Rodney D. White; grandchildren, Quincy L. White, Xavier D. White, Quincy L. White; her companion, Mr. Audrey “Joe” Brooks; siblings, B. Vashon Howlett and husband, Artie, John T. Smith III and wife, Robbie and Frederick Smith and wife, Linda; sisters-in-law, Ziona Medlock and husband, Wilbert, and Priscilla Smith; nieces and nephews, Shannon McCallan and wife, Rita, Adam Howlett and wife, Shemika, John T. Smith IV and wife, Rhonda; Frederick Smith, Jr. and wife, Tara, Bennie Shon, Shawn Trochim and husband Ed, and Anthony Medlock and a host of surviving family, colleagues, and friends that will miss her.

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November 26, 2021

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
McDowell Funeral Home, L.L.C.
1104 Chestnut Street
Waco, TX 76704

Funeral Service
November 27, 2021

11:00 AM
Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
1402 Elm Avenue
Waco, TX 76704

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