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Obituaries: Ronnie White, Kenneth Robinson

The Rev. Ronnie Keith White

Brother Ronnie Keith White passed away on October 25, 2012 in Winston-Salem, N.C.  He was born on August 1, 1953 in Ahoskie, N.C. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Seminary with an M.Div. in 1979.


Brother White was ordained a Baptist pastor in 1979 and served congregations in that denomination for the next 19 years.  He began serving in the Moravian Church in active ministry in 1998 and was consecrated a presbyter in 2004. Brother White served at Bethesda Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Enterprise Moravian in Lexington, N.C.; and Advent Moravian where he was currently serving.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Southern White. A Celebration of Brother White’s life was held on October 28, 2012 at Advent Moravian Church with the Rev. Bob Peak, Dr. Cecil Cave and Mr. David Berrier officiating. Burial followed in Advent’s God’s Acre.


The Rev. Kenneth William Robinson

Brother Kenneth William Robinson, 84, of Winston-Salem, N.C. passed away May 14, 2012. He was born February 9, 1928 in Reading, Pa. He graduated from the Moravian College and Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa. in 1951. He earned his Doctorate degree at the South Eastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. in 1982.

Brother Robinson was ordained a deacon at First Moravian Church, Reading, Pa., on August 5, 1951 and consecrated a presbyter at First Moravian Church, Greensboro, N.C. on February 2, 1958. He began his pastoral career at Fry’s Valley Moravian Church and Port Washington Moravian Church, both located in Ohio. After moving to North Carolina, he was associate pastor at Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. He served as pastor at First Moravian Church, Greensboro, N.C.; Ardmore Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Bethania Moravian Church, Bethania, N.C. and returned to Home Moravian Church as associate pastor. He retired in October, 1991 after 40 years of active service.

Brother Robinson loved athletics, especially tennis and golf. He played the oboe in the Moravian Band and cherished the good times at his lake home. He is survived by his wife, Grace Snavely Robinson; a daughter, son, and a grandson. A celebration of Brother Robinson’s life was held May 17, 2012 at Home Moravian Church with The Rev. Doug Kearney and The Rt. Rev. Wayne Burkette officiating. Burial followed in God’s Acre in Salem. ν


From the December 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Wednesday, May 23 — Psalm 68:19–27
Numbers 12:1–13:16; Mark 13:14–27

One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city. Proverbs 16:32

Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19

God of peace, your word tells us we must not only seek peace, but pursue it. Grant us the faith to trust in you, so that we may lay down our arms. Give
us the strength to make peace, so that we may be blessed. We thank you for all your faithful servants who have taught us the way of peace and justice, especially your son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

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