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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Debra White, 61, died peacefully on May 9, 2018, in Brookhaven, Ga., after succumbing to breast cancer. An incredible woman, a beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend, her memory will be cherished by all who loved her, near and far.

Debra was born to the late Earline and James A. White on Nov. 22, 1956, in Hot Springs, Ark. She was raised in a large family with eight brothers and sisters and an abundance of aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her three daughters, Ebony White, of New York City, N.Y., Jasmine Murray, of Oakland, Calif., and Yvette White, of Oakland, Calif.; one grandson, Asa White-Hinman, of Oakland, Calif.; three brothers, Joseph (Ozebie) White, James C. (Darlene) White, Willie Gene (Lynn) White; three sisters, Wanda Lynn (Elvin) Canady, Geraldine White, Louise Wells; and a large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Debra lived a full and beautiful life. Originally from Arkansas, she enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1978 and from there embarked on a successful career in the health care field that took her from Arkansas to Mississippi, Spain, Colorado, and finally, Georgia. For nearly 40 years, she provided the highest quality patient care working as an X-ray, radiation therapy and mammography technician. She loved working directly with patients and, in addition to providing quality oversight, she continued to work the floor and perform mammograms until she retired. In addition to her work in the field, she supported breast cancer awareness through annual fundraising and participation in Atlanta's Susan Komen Race for the Cure.

A creative woman with many, many talents, Debra was always willing to help; always willing to give and share; to support and lift her family, friends and colleagues whenever and wherever. Virtually everyone was on the receiving end of one of her creative pursuits, whether an outfit, a quilt, a beautiful handmade doll, homemade caramel corn or the best-ever-lemon-pound cake -- all of it "Made with Love, By Debra." Although she has departed, her love, generosity and creativity continues to live on through her children and grandchild.

Family and friends, many of whom were adopted as family, were very important to Debra. She loved to host and entertain -- baking, cooking and beautifying her garden for the next get-together or celebration. She also enjoyed traveling and spent much of her free time visiting her daughters and grandson in New York City, Washington, D.C., and California. She also enjoyed the many road trips taken throughout the South to see family. Time spent back in her hometown of Hot Springs, Ark., was especially loved.

During the final months of her life with cancer, Debra was surrounded by family members and good friends. The memories shared will live on forever.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at The Farmhouse at McCullough in Warner Robins, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in memory of Debra to Center for Black Women's Wellness or The Lucy Fund for Metastatic Cancer Research.

Go to to sign the online registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has the privilege of being entrusted with Debra White arrangements.

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