Zachariah E. White, son of the late Zachariah Mulbah White Sr and Beatrice Kamah Brown-White was born in Millsburg Liberia. He was one of eight children born to his parents. Zach was raised in the home of Ellen Mills-Scarborough in Monrovia where he became part of a family with many more siblings. For his elementary and secondary schooling, he went to Demonstration Elementary School. He completed his high school education at Booker Washington Agricultural and Industrial Institute (BWI). He spent one year traveling through Lebanon and that experience helped to shape his world view.
Zach met Muriel Jessina Peal in Millsburg Liberia, and they were married on July 27, 1965. Their union was blessed with two children: Facia A. White and D. Sumo White. Zach’s life in Liberia was surrounded with work, church activities, and being a devoted and faithful husband and a loving and affectionate father.
In 1965, Zach and Muriel immigrated to the United States, where Zach attended San Francisco State, and was awarded a Bachler of Art degree in Education. He then went on to purse a Master of Business Administration degree at Golden Gate University. Zach was one of the original members of the Liberian community in the Greater Bay Area and served as a role model to other Liberians, offering advice and assistance to all that needed it. Zach was one of the founding members of the BWI Alumni Association, California Chapter in 1982 and served as the National President of the BWI National Alumni Association of North America from 1998-2000. He was a proud Tiger!
Zach began his career in the Bay Area at Crocker Bank. He rose through the ranks and became one of the first persons of color to become a manager. Zach began his tenure with Northern California Presbyterian Homes (NCPH) as a Housing Administrator 1989. After a distinguished working career, Zach retired in 2008. Zach loved living in the Bay Area and had a deep love for local professional sports teams, the San Francisco 49ers, Giants, and the Golden State Warriors. Watching these teams play brought him great joy.
Zach was raised in the Presbyterian faith. He believed in serving the Lord. In 1972, he became a member of Ocean Avenue Presbyterian Church (OAPC), where he remained a member until his death. He served in various roles at OAPC, including Clerk of Session. His service at OAPC led him to become a member of the worship committee for the Presbytery of San Francisco. He was dedicated to his roles and worked tirelessly in them.
He committed himself to his family both immediate and extended and to his friends. He loved family gatherings, especially Thanksgiving. He always made sure that the day was special, and he opened his doors to all. Zach had a beautiful heart and a kind and generous spirit. He willingly shared his time, knowledge, joy, and love with all those who were in his life. He was a true and loyal friend, with many friendships lasting over 50 years. He was a loving grandfather, a concerned and supportive brother and brother-in-law, and a caring uncle to all his nieces and nephews.
Zach steadfast faith in God brought him great comfort in the years when he became ill. During the last years as his body continued to weaken, his faith stayed strong. His reward for his faith was God calling him home to rest eternally. Those who shared the joys of his life and will mourn his departure are his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Muriel, his two children, Facia A. White and D. Sumo White (Beatriz Jimenez), his granddaughter Danielle K (DJ) Milton, his sister Catherine Mills-Mason, his brothers Winston D. White, Samuel V. Norris, Joseph Ziama, Frederick K. Brown, Peter Sumo, and Sampson Carr, and a host of sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
We will greatly miss our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. During this time of mourning, we will have with us the comfort that you, Zach are at rest. We will carry with us the many wonderful memories that we have of you. We will find peace in knowing that God blessed each of us by having you in our lives. Your light, your spirit, will live in us always.
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