Published 10:56 am Monday, October 19, 2020
Mrs. Alice White died after a gallant fight with cancer, at her daughter’s home in Stone Mountain, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.
The daughter of the late Theodore and Queen (Clement) Ijames, and the granddaughter of Alonzo and Creole (Maxwell) Clement, she grew up in Cooleemee, where she received her early public schooling. She married her first husband, James (Eddie) Pruitt, and moved to Philadelphia, Pa. She was a loving wife, homemaker, and a devoted mother to her two young daughters. She returned to Cooleemee in the late 1960s and with the assistance and support of her family, she nurtured and raised her young daughters. She began employment with Cannon Mills in Salisbury, from which she retired in 2000. Her retirement years were filled with travel, family, and friends. The early part of her life she worshipped at Liberty AME Zion Church in Cooleemee, where her parents and brother are buried. Later, she joined Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, where her sister is a life-long member. At Cedar Grove, she actively served others through her support of the following organizations: Usher Board, Stewardess Board, Jamaica Worker Representative, and WH&O Missionary Society. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Omega Chapter 242, located in Cleveland, NC.
Mrs. White was proceeded in death by: her daughter, Patricia (Robert) Brooker; grandson, Levi Dewayne Pruitt; brothers, Bobby Eugene, Jerry, and Jimmy Ijames; and her second husband, Leonard White.
Survivors: a daughter, Dr. Brenda (Gregory) Pruitt-Annisette; her sister, Annette (Richard) Cuthbertson; her cousin (like a sister), Norma Ruth (James) Cuthbertson; granddaughter, Jessica Brooker; grandsons, Michael (Donna) Pruitt, Stacy Pruitt, Matthew Pruitt, Jaimeson Pruitt, Gregory (Kristy) Annisette Jr. and Brandon Annisette; nieces, Cynthia (Maurice) Jefferies, Sylvia (Willie) Mitchell, Candy (Ronnie) Clark, Antoinette Ijames, Theresa (Melvin) Brown, Jerrietta Sherril, Laura Cherry, and Rita Cuthbertson-Mack; nephews, Richard (Theresa) Cuthbertson Jr., Jefferey Cuthbertson, Ricky Cuthbertson, and Roy (Tammy) Wilson; 18 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
According to her wishes, a graveside service and internment will take place at Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, 2340 Hildebrand Road, Salisbury, on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Bertha E. Pittman, her pastor, will officiate.
Memorials: Usher Board at Cedar Grove AME Zion, PO Box 180, Cleveland, 27013.