Dessie Matthews White

October 9, 1929 - January 8, 2020

10/09/1929 - 01/08/2020

Past Services

Friday January 10, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Saturday January 11, 2020
11:00 am
Aulander Cemetery
Pine Drive
Aulander, NC
Saturday January 11, 2020
11:00 am
Ebenezer Assembly of God Church
805 Hwy 305
Aulander, NC 27805

AULANDER, NC – Dessie Matthews White, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the Windsor House of Windsor, NC.

Mrs. White was born on October 9, 1929 to Henry Matthews, Sr. and Daisy Broglin Matthews in Ahoskie, NC. She was a devoted member of Ebenezer Assembly of God Church. Dessie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She was a talented seamstress and loved to crochet. Dessie was known for her great cooking, especially her awesome biscuits. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde “Pete” Morris, second husband, Vernon White, Sr.; two sons, Richard and Alton Morris, her twin sister, Jessie Cobb, brother, Billy Matthews, and grandson, Christopher Lee Morris.

Dessie is survived by her son, Thurman Morris and wife Christine of Aulander; four sisters, Martha Mizelle of Askewville, Edna Baker and husband Tommy of Askewville,  Mary Jane Felton of Ahoskie, and Shirley Matthews of Windsor; three brothers, Henry Matthews and wife Barbara, Bobby Lee Matthews and wife Jean,  Jimmy Wayne Matthews and wife Pat all of Ahoskie; three granddaughters, Angel  Mizelle, Dawn Pridgen, and Stephanie Lassiter; two grandsons, Jason Morris, and Ricky  Morris; eight great-grandchildren, Donna Jernigan,  Monica, & Alex Mizelle, Caleb & Josh  Morris; James & Will  Pridgen, and Chance Lassiter; two great great-grandchildren, Ally and Olivia Jernigan; seven step-children; 12 step-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Arlene Matthews of Aulander; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family will receive friends on Friday evening, January 10, 2020 from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC and other times at the home of her son, Thurman Morris.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 am, at the Ebenezer Assembly of God Church, Aulander, NC, with Rev. Tim Parker and Rev. Chuck Gray, officiating. Burial will follow at Aulander Cemetery, Aulander, NC.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Community Home Care & Hospice, Green St #203, Williamston, NC 27892 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the White family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Linda Lassiter
4 years ago

Thurman, family and families I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious mama !!
She was a dear lady and many will miss her I’m sure! Y’all have my love, sympathies and prayers now and in days to come! Peace and comfort be yours !❣️ Linda and family

Pat Barr
4 years ago

So sorry for your loss. She was Little Miss Sunshine when my mom was in rehab. 4 years ago. She came to Mother’s room and introduced herself and welcomed Mom. First time I ever met her but she left a lasting impression.

Bonnie Britton
4 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tommy Belch
4 years ago

Thurman and Henry My thoughts and prayers for you and the family.

Sarah Conner Turner
4 years ago

I’m sorry to hear of your loss she was one sweet precious lady she will be greatly missed I know will surely keep you in my prayers

Brenda Baisey
4 years ago

I am so sorry for the family. Dessie was a fine lady and one of the hardest working people that I have ever had the honor of knowing.