NORMAN — Jo Nita (Hamner) White, 78, of Norman, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born March 22, 1936 in Ashland to Alton Bascom Hamner and Sybil Maxine (Tate) Hamner.
Jo grew up in Arpelar and graduated from Haywood High School. When she was thirteen, a suave city slicker from Detroit, Michigan arrived in Arpelar and stole her heart. She married Chester Allen White on May 9, 1952, in Ada at the age of sixteen and died one day shy of their sixty second wedding anniversary.
Jo earned a master’s degree in education from East Central University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Oklahoma. She was a librarian and English teacher. She taught at Asher, Latta and Norman Public Schools from 1972 to 1997.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alton Bascom Hamner and Sybil Maxine (Tate) Hamner, and her brother, Kenny Hamner.
Jo is survived by her husband, Chester White, Sr.; her daughter, Jo Alynne Flemig; her sons, Chester Allen White, Jr. (Debra), John Anthony White (Lisa), and Mark Vance White (Tonya), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, John Hamner.
Memorial services begin 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy Street, Norman, Oklahoma, with Father Dwight N. Helt officiating.
Arrangements for Jo Nita and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Norman Transcript, Monday, May 12, 2014
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