2021 Black History Month: Historical Community Member Ann LaVerne Williams White

Updated: Apr 22


From the Lifetime Achievements of Ms. White's funeral program

November 11, 1947 – September 27, 2009

At eighteen years of age, Ann LaVerne graduated from Brewer High School at the top of her class in Hodges, SC and began her journey of higher education at Clemson University. She was one of four African American female students to be accepted to Clemson University during the time of the Civil Rights Movement and struggles. While attending Clemson, she was considered to be a “social butterfly” befriending fellow classmates, and providing food and shelter to those in need. As a part of her educational experiences, she was fortunate to be a part of the Clemson Child Development Center, where she became an important asset to the childcare community.

After graduating from Clemson University with an undergraduate degree in Education/History, she began teaching Chorus, World Geography, and Math. Upon receiving her Masters in Education, she became a dedicated and influential Guidance Counselor at D.W. Daniel High School in Central, SC.

LaVerne continued her quest as an educator in the public school system and the surrounding community for 36 years, and continued to work for the Adult Education Program in Pickens County after retirement.

Being a devoted and committed member of the community, LaVerne served endlessly as a board member of various clubs and organizations throughout South Carolina.

She departed her Earthly home, sowing seeds of encouragement, inspiration, and determination for all of the lives she encountered.

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