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Dwayne White was passionate about blues and gospel

By Whitney Hayward
January 2, 2013 | 5:46 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Dwayne White could often be seen singing, snapping his fingers and dancing to his favorite blues and gospel tunes.

"Michael Jackson, definitely," his brother Frank Whitesaid. "Some Aretha and Marvin Gaye. I don’t even know if he had a favorite song, he just loved so much different music."


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Dwayne White of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, of kidney and liver failure. He was 45.

Mr. White was born June 11, 1967, in St. Louis to Jimmie White Sr. and Mae Sylvia.

Relatives said Mr. White was a free-spirited man who loved to be around others.

"Dwayne liked to dance, and he danced well," his relative Nancy Stockett said. "He was in that mood pretty much all of the time. I don't remember a sad or mad time with him. He was always just popping his fingers, smiling and being happy."

Frank White said part of his brother’s love of music came from how his mother, Mae Sylvia, raised them: within the church, surrounded by gospel.

"He gave his life to God and got baptized," Frank White said. "That most definitely changed his life around."

Mr. White is survived by eight brothers, Jimmie White, Frank White, Jessie White, Henry White, Samuel May, Isaiah May, Robert Barney and Fredrick Barney; 10 sisters, Gloria Bogan, Rochelle White, Sylvia White, Barbara Cathron, Warnester Barney, Pearlie Moore, Dorothy Nealy, Erma White, Dianna Barney and Annette Malcolm; many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins.

His parents, Mae Sylvia and Jimmie White Sr., brother James White and sisters Flora Barney, Vera Spencer and Ora Mae Jones died earlier.

Funeral services are pending.