Posted: Tue 8:37 AM, Oct 01, 2013
November 27, 1917 – September 28, 2013
Darnell Hackney White, 95, died Saturday, September 28, 2013 in her home in Branson, Missouri. Darnell was born November 27, 1917 in Dallas, Texas. Darnell grew up in Chicago and Dallas. She met the love of her life in Dallas, C.G."Spike" White, and they married on November 24, 1937.
Together, Spike and Darnell purchased Kanakuk Kamp on Lake Taneycomo, Branson, MO in 1954. They started Kanakomo Kamp for girls in 1958. The Christian Athletic Kamps have played an instrumental part in building the lives of thousands of young people these 59 years. For 58 of those years, Darnell worked full time for Kanakuk, beginning in their home office in College Station, then moving to Branson in 1972 where she worked in the accounting department until October of 2012. The Kamps are now under the leadership of their son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Debbie-Jo White of Branson, Missouri.
Darnell loved her home and raising her family in College Station where they lived for 40 years. She was a member of PEO and embraced its ideals. She always considered College Station her home and Texas her state. In support of her husband's role at Texas A&M, she prepared countless meals and weekends of entertainment for Aggies in an effort to provide them with a home away from home. She had an uncommon ability to see the best qualities in other people and give her best in return. She deeply loved her Lord and her family, embracing each new member of her family with the same amazing unconditional love. To her family and all that knew Darnell, her life was an inspiration, her memory a benediction.
She was preceded in death by her mother Monnie Belle Hays Hackney, her brother Frank Wren Hackney, their infant son Frank White, her husband Carlton G. "Spike" White, and their grandson John Wesley Hays White. She is survived by her sons and their wives Dr. Robert C. White and Mary Evelyn of Bryan, TX, William H. White and Linda of Cedar Hill, TX, and Joe Thomas White and Debbie-Jo of Branson, MO. Included are seven grandchildren, William Cody White of Brentwood, TN, Lance Carlton White of College Station, TX, Jeffrey Scott White of Spicewood, TX, Jamie Jo Braner of Durango, CO, Courtney Hamilton of Prairie Village, KS, Brady Ray White, Winter Garden, FL, Cooper Downs White of Wheaton, IL, and eighteen great-grandchildren.
A chapel-learning center is to be constructed in Darnell and Spike's memory at Kanakuk Kamp where they spent their lives in ministry, love and teaching of youth. Contributions to Darnell's memory may be made to Kanakuk Ministries, 1353 Lakeshore Drive, Branson, MO 65616.
A Memorial Service for the staff at Kanakuk was held on Monday morning, September 30, and a private family graveside service will be held at the Kanakuk Kamp Cemetery in days following.