Geraldine (Jerrie) was born in Gadsden, Alabama on March 5, 1945 to Amos Sr. and Everee Street. Geraldine attended Carver High School in Gadsden, Alabama where she excelled in academics and graduated high school at the age of 17 years old. She met the love of her life, Charles White Jr. at Carver High School. Geraldine attended Kentucky State University in Frankfort Kentucky for one year and transferred the following year to Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Geraldine was very socially active in college and was intrigued by the political climate of the time. As a college student, she fully participated in civil right marches and protests in Gadsden, Alabama. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science.
In 1964, Geraldine was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated at Tennessee State University. Geraldine graced college football fields with the Tennessee State University band as the Head Majorette. As a young woman she was beautiful, talented, smart, and socially aware. After completing college, Geraldine married Charles and they moved to the Midwest and started a family.
Geraldine’s lifelong career achievements included teaching special needs/deaf students at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. For twenty years, she built a most successful professional career as a Unit Coordinator at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois. Of all of her roles in life, however, none of them were as important to her as being a devoted wife and mother. Geraldine was a devoted, protective, loving, and nurturing mother. She loved to garden, had a love of dogs, and was a loving grandmother of two (Payton and Brittney).
Geraldine passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles William White Jr.; Mother, Everee Street; and Father, Amos Street Sr. Geraldine is also preceded by her dear niece Anita Davis.
She is survived by her son, Charles William White III (Debra), and daughter Stephanie Lynne Birden (Charles E. Birden, Jr); two grandchildren, Payton Maxwell White and Brittney Isabella Birden; Brother, Amos Street Jr. (Sherri); Sisters, Bertha Collins (Sammy), Shirley Haynesworth (Andy); Nephews, Antonio Dejuan Hammond ( Renee), Chris Collins (Kizzy), Jonathan Collins, Todd Hammond, Drew Haynesworth; and Niece, Adreana Hammond.
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