Naomi Tyson White-Huitt, who was born May 16, 1926, in Claremont, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on January 13, 2021, after a short period of declining health. She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Sattie Tyson.

During her formative years, Naomi attended public schools in Catawba County and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from North Carolina Central University. She was an educator for 38 years at Rosenwald, Sherrills Ford, Maiden, Rohoney and Claremont elementary schools.

She was a member of Martha’s Chapter #25, The National Council of Negro Women, NAACP, Claremont Library Club and numerous other organizations.

Naomi married her beloved Ralph Lee White, who passed away in 1985. She later married George Huitt, who also predeceased her.

In addition to her family, Naomi was deeply committed to her church, Smyre’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion in Catawaba, N.C., where she served on many boards and committees.

Naomi is survived by her son Michael of Claremont; one sister, Clara Tyson Carson of Claremont; and a host of other nieces, nephews, and relatives.

Public Viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from 2 until 6 p.m. at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home of Statesville. A Family Service will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 12 noon. The service will be live streamed on Facebook Live.

A memorial will be planned for a later date to celebrate her life and accomplishments.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund at Smyres Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 100 6th Ave SE, Catawba, NC 28609.

The family has entrusted arrangements to Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary of Statesville. 

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