Rebecca Pocahontas Via White


NOVEMBER 3, 2013

Rebecca Pocahontas Via White , the 4th child of 15, born June 27,1930, in Danville, Virginia, to the late Jerry Via, Sr. and Nellie Hairston Via, transitioned to her heavenly home on November 3, 2013. As one of our family's affectionately called "Silver Foxes", Rebecca was greatly loved and admired by all who knew her. Rebecca, a vibrant, joyful, very loving lady enjoyed all of life's finest pleasures, especially traveling worldwide with her family and friends.

Rebecca professed her belief in our "Higher Power" early in life, and embraced several religious doctrines in her spiritual journey, but found her true spiritual foundation in the doctrine of the Kingdom of Jehovah's Witness.

Rebecca enjoyed tremendously sharing her wisdom, talents, and skills as a public school teacher with the Board of Education in New York for many years before retiring to her beautiful and beloved home in Cape Coral, Florida to enjoy the fruits of her labor. Rebecca, however, again enhanced the lives of young persons and families while serving as a Juvenile Court Adjudicator, or as we called her "Juvy Judge", in the Juvenile Court division of the Lee County, Fl. Court system.

Rebecca was pre-deceased by two husbands, Tom White and Eddie Harper. Her marriage to Tom, however, gave birth to her two dear cherished sons, Alonzo Herman and Philip Constance White, who also predeceased her arrival into the Kingdom of God.

Rebecca was educated in the public school systems in the Danville, Virginia area, and furthered her education by obtaining two Masters Degrees from Adelphi University in New York, graduating Cum Laude, and beginning graduate studies for a doctoral degree.

Although predeceased by her parents and sons, Rebecca leaves to perpetuate her blessed memory, three grandsons, Jerald, Jamal and Akim White; a daughter-in-law Philip's wife, Denise; five brothers , Edgar Lee Via (Anita), Edward Louis Via (Hannah), Herman Via, Dewey Via (Florence), and George Via; seven sisters, Pecora V. Lipscomb, Marie V. Motley (Willie), Jeanette Via, Barbara Via, Ruby V. Watkins (Lawrence), Mary V. Watkins (George), and Sheree Via; a very special friend and companion, John Traub; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, and friends across the USA. Rebecca was also pre-deceased by an older sister and brother, Mabel V. Murphy and Jerry Via, Jr.

All who knew her well will probably continue to hear her favorite song "Hit the Road Jack" etched into their mind as we remember "Our Rebecca", and the impact she made on so many lives. To Thine Be the Glory.

Services will be held on Tuesday, November 19th at 1:00 p.m. at Hope Hospice Chapel, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy E, Cape Coral, FL.

Published in The News-Press on Nov. 17, 2013