Vernissa Gourdine Pharr ROCK HILL - Vernissa Gourdine Pharr was born in Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Bronx NY on October 9, 1967, the first born daughter of Bishop William Gourdine and Marian Marie Gourdine. She departed this life on June 8, 2014. Vernissa graduated from Mount Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon NY, June 1986. She earned an Associates Degree from Westchester Community College, White Plains NY in 1988. She continued on to serve as a proud member of the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1992. Vernissa married Shun O'Vaughn Pharr on November 10, 2001 and together they resided in Rock Hill, SC. Vernissa worshiped at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crafts and most of all spending time with family and friends. Vernissa leaves to cherish her beautiful life, her parents: Bishop William Gourdine and Marian Marie Gourdine of Varnville, SC; her mother-in-law: Georgia E. Pharr of Charlotte, NC; her siblings: Sarah Gourdine O'Banner (Arthur O'Banner) of Rock Hill, SC, Wanda Gourdine Coates (Alan Coates) of Rock Hill, SC; her close cousins: Gary L. Gourdine (Christine Gourdine) of the Bronx, NY, Andre L. Gourdine (April Gourdine) of Matthews, NC and Kia L. Gourdine of Charlotte, NC; a special aunt: Carrie E. Gourdine of Fayetteville, NC; her god siblings: Yolanda Delaney of Gastonia, NC, Derrick Bagby of Bristow, VA and Marsha Thompson of Conyers, GA; in addition to her loving nieces, nephews, family members and friends whom she loved dearly.
Published in Charlotte Observer on June 11, 2014