Hattie Mae White was born on Monday, June 10, 1940, in Crescent City, Florida; to the late Rueben Jack and Mae Bell White. On Thursday, November 18, 2021, she made a peaceful transition from labor to reward. She heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto me and rest. 0 weary one, lay down your head upon my breast." Hattie was the ninth of fifteen children. She attended the Putnam County Public School system. While in high school she was an avid basketball player, where she ultimately became the star of the team. Hattie was a majorette in the school band as well. She graduated and received her diploma in 1959.
Hattie received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost at an early age, while attending church services (revivals), with her parents and siblings at the House of God Church Pillar Ground and Truth, located in Crescent City, Florida. (Better known as the Pillar).
In 1958, Hattie met Reverend Dan Jones, Jr. In 1961 they were united in Holy Matrimony; this union was blessed with five children. She worked cutting fern and sending her children to school. As time progressed, in the 1970's, Hattie sought out better living options for herself and her children. She made the decision to relocate to Allentown, New Jersey, where her sisters Ruby Lee, Anna Lee and her brother Johnny resided. .
As time passed, Hattie met and married Andrew Williams, this union was blessed with a son and three bonus children. After moving from Allentown to Trenton; Hattie and her family attended and worshipped at the House of God Church located at "793 East State Street".
Naturally, Hattie had a heart of gold and compassion, she embraced helping and taking care of others, from pediatrics to geriatrics. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant, working various cases for different agencies for over 30 years; (Meadow Lakes, Applegarth and the Greenwood House Senior Living). Hattie also found time to do Live-In assignments. She opened her home and heart to foster and care for many families with small children. She kept the fostering separate from her daycare business; she provided daycare services through Child Care Connection and the Division of Youth and Family Services. She provided these services throughout 1990 into the early 2000's.
Spiritually, Hattie accepted her call into the ministry and became an ordained minister of the House of God Church. She attended the General Assembly in Nashville, Tennessee regularly until it became too laborious. However, notably in 2019 she had a fervent desire to go to Nashville and her granddaughter Melanie made sure she attended that year. For many years she served on the local and state Missionary Departments. She pastored the local band in Bridgeton, NJ and also served as the Assistant Pastor of Burlington, NJ local band until the Lord called her home. She was a faithful prayer warrior!
Hattie was preceded in death by her parents; Rueben Jack and Mae Bell White. Her husband AI Davis Gillard (united in Holy Matrimony in the 1980's). Her siblings; Ruby, Aaron, Baby White, Willie, Bill, James Otis, Lillian, Dorothy, Johnny and Rueben Jr. Her baby girl Dannette Simmons-Collins; two grandchildren Baby Joseph and Melanie Jones.
Left to cherish fond and loving memories are: two daughters; Regenia and Janice. Three sons; Danny, Derrick and Andre. Three bonus children; Angelo, Sharon and Twan. Her grandchildren; Ricky, Rufus, Rashad, Jacinta (Keesy), Jamara (Terrence), Jasmine, Jintrel, Davonna, Darlisha, D' Asia, Angel, Andre Jr., Andrea, Dreana, Naomi and Abram. Twenty-four great-grandchildren; One great-great granddaughter. Four goddaughters; Tenille Thomas, Elisa Carter, Ebony Cauthen and Tre'Shele Johnson. Two sisters; Anna Lee Mims and Rutha Bell White. Two brothers; William White and Cornelius White. children that she loved and raised as her own, a host of special nieces, nephews and many other relatives, church family and friends.
Funeral service will be 12pm Monday, November 29, 2021 at Calvary Pentecostal Church, 471 Parkway Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618. Calling hour will be 11am until the time of service. Interment will be at Colonial Memorial Park, Hamilton, NJ. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home.
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