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Jean White

July 8, 1944 — May 30, 2023

Carolyn Jean Kellam White, 78, wife the late Charles Edward White, Jr. and a resident of Fairview, Cape Charles, VA passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at the home of her daughter surrounded by her family.  A native of Belle Haven, VA, she was the second daughter born to a large family of five boys and two girls. During her life she managed a laundromat, baby sat children and cleaned home to help provide for her family.  She lost her husband when her children were young.  She was a good mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Jean was a good homemaker and her home was always immaculate.  She will be missed.

She is survived by two daughters, Melissa White Press and her husband, Torance of Suffolk, VA and Tonya Lynn White and her husband, Shawn Dunaway of Charlottesville, VA; six grandchildren, Dakota “Koty” Passarelli, Cayela Butler, Clairese Smith, Sarita Smith, Christine Medlock and Sherry Jean Hughes; five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law Barbara Ann Kellam of Nassawadox, VA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents John Walter Kellam and Fannie Voyles Kellam; her son David Lee Hughes; a sister Fannie Winslow; five brothers; and longtime companion Jay Burroughs, Jr.

Graveside services will be held Monday, June 5, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Belle Haven Cemetery with Pastor June Thomas officiating.  Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Virginia, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.

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Arrangements by Doughty Funeral Home, Exmore, VA.

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