Carmen Barika White

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Carmen Barika White

March 09, 2019

Carmen Barika White ATLANTA - Ms. Carmen Barika White, 41, of Atlanta, Georgia was born in Albany, Georgia in 1978 - the third daughter of Robert and Ellen Everett White. She departed this life on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at her residence.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Luke Strong and Son Mortuary. Burial will follow the services in the Cobb Suncrest Memorial Gardens with repass to conclude in the George Walker, Jr. Fellowship Hall of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
Early on, she developed a love of music and singing. She started singing on stage in elementary school and quickly proved to local audiences her captivating talent. She moved with her family to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1990 where she attended Fannie C. Williams Middle School. There, she continued to develop her musical talents and was the first chair trumpet player in the band. Later, she would attend Ben Franklin Magnet High School, a school for academically gifted youth. At the same time, she was a student at the performing arts high school, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (also known as NOCCA) with a focus in voice.
After graduating from high school, she went on to study music at Florida State University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a certificate in opera performance.
Soon after, she performed in musical theater productions in Florida and, later, she toured with productions in France and Spain. Then, she was off to New York City to pursue her passion for theater and music. She performed off-Broadway and also self-produced original performance pieces as well as a musical.
Later, she returned to New Orleans where she worked in the burgeoning film industry there. In 2011, Carmen was featured as a singer in the film "The Paperboy" and its accompanying soundtrack. She was also featured as a singer in "Pawnshop Chronicles" in 2012. Carmen also lent her voiceover talents to the movie "Varla Jean Merman and the Mushroomheads" in which she portrayed the voice of little Varla Jean. She also appeared on the Russian TV series "Bolshoi Jazz" (filmed in Moscow) in which she was a featured singer and personality.
Carmen was a seeker of The Spirit. She grew up a member of Bethel AME Church in Albany, Georgia, and then Cornerstone United Methodist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. She continued to remain a faithful believer all of her life.
Carmen is survived by her father and stepmother, Robert and Jean White of New Orleans, Louisiana; 2 sisters, Crystal White and Alison White, both of Atlanta, Georgia; an aunt, Mildred Ellis of Cinicinnati, Ohio, and an uncle and aunt, Frank and Sharon White of Chicago, IL, as well as numerous cousins.
Carmen was a daughter, sister, and friend. She was known for her bubbly, outgoing personality and people were naturally drawn to her energy. She touched many.
Luke Strong And Son Mortuary, Ltd. is in charge of arrangements.
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Naydja & Adolph Bynum
Mar 24, 2019
Just heard the bad news. So very sorry. Had no idea she was ill. She was so special, so warm and so loving. We feel a lost. Our sympathy to her family.
Carl & Maxine Patilla
Mar 18, 2019
Our Dear Bob, Jean,Allison and Crystal, It saddened our hearts to hear about Carmen making her transition and taking her angel wings to heaven. We will always remember her by that bubbly smile the night we met her and her friend. Our heartfelt condolences are with you and your entire family.
Carl and Maxine Patilla
Donna Duplantier
Mar 17, 2019
Carmen was my neighbor and friend here in New Orleans. She was an ncredible talent and sweet person. My fondest memories with Carmen were always filled with laughter. She will be so missed
Cedric & Sandra Ellsworth
Mar 17, 2019
Dear Carmen, Sandra and I will truly miss you. We offer our heartfelt condolences to your family in this time of sorrow! We never got to write our musical together! REST IN PEACE!
Ernest C Battle
Mar 17, 2019
Carmen and I were members of the New Orleans Opera Chorus during the 2002 production of Porgy & Bess. She quickly became a beloved friend to me and the entire cast. Following Porgy, Carmen enlisted me to videotape her "Green" Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. Also during that time, I helped her prepare a video package for an upcoming audition. In short, I was privileged to share some quality moments with a beautiful angel. Thank you Carmen Barika White for your spirit, your gift...for simply being you. To God Be the Glory!!!
Robert edwards
Mar 17, 2019
Robert and Mary edwards we Are very sorry for your loss may God keep you and the family in his blessed.
Ladrienne Cage McFarland
Mar 17, 2019
To all the members of the White family, we pray that the God of all comforts will comfort you as only he can during this time of loss. May His love sustain you, may His power uphold you, may He hand keep you. From the Cage, Colter and McFarland Families
Ladrienne Cage McFarland
Mar 17, 2019
To all the members of the White family, we pray that the God of all comforts will comfort you as only he can during this time of loss. May His love sustain you, may His power uphold you, may He hand keep you.
Emma and John Morris
Mar 16, 2019
Bob, Jean, Alison, and Crystal, we are praying for your strength and comfort during this time. Always cherish the wonderful memories you have of Carmen. God bless. Love ya
Ricardo & Hadassah McNeely
Mar 16, 2019
Uncle Rob, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
Carol Edwards-Warner and family
Mar 16, 2019
Our deepest sympathy is with you and your family.. My prayers are with the family.
John and Emma J. Morris
Mar 16, 2019
Cousin Bob, Alison, and Crystal, we are praying for your strength and comfort. Always cherish the wonderful memories you have of Carmen. Love, John. Emma Jeanne, and family.
Emma J. Morris
Mar 16, 2019
Cousin Bob, Alison, Crystal we are praying God gives you strength and comfort through this difficult time. Always cherish the wonderful memories of Carmen! God bless. Love, John, Emma Jeanne, and family.
Precious Davis
Mar 16, 2019
I can’t believe you are gone. You will always share a big part of my heart. Your beautiful voice can now join the Heavenly choir my Lil Teen in Christ❤️
Nicole D.
Mar 16, 2019
Went to NOCCA with you and you were an extraordinary talent. I will miss you so dear, you're singing in the heavenly choir now...
Bea Taylor
Mar 16, 2019
Beautiful Angel go spread your voice in Heaven. Will always keep you in my heart.
Glen David Andrew's
Mar 16, 2019
Carmen was such a beautiful bright light of sunshine her smile wolight up a room. She shared her heart with me ill forever be
grateful for everything May God accept her in his Kingdom. I love you my friend
Sharon and Dennis Jones
Mar 15, 2019
Bob, Jean, Crystal, and Alison,
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart for Carmen.
Jackie Johnson Hill
Mar 15, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you.
Anitra Jarreau
Mar 15, 2019
I am deeply saddened by this news. Carmen and I attended Fannie C Williams and NOCCA together! She was truly a talented and gifted soul. May she Rest In Peace.
Tania Randolph
Mar 15, 2019
Heaven is blessed to have you, a very special woman!
Carolyn Steps P&G Albany
Mar 15, 2019
Bob And Jean; Crystal and Alison, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Carmen. I offer sincere and heartfelt condolences.
Laura Rouzan
Mar 15, 2019
Carmen was special to me. I enjoyed her positive spurit, lovely laugh and beautiful "betty boop" eyes. Rest in Heaven child. You will be missed.
Cleveland Sampson
Mar 15, 2019
My words can't Express how i feel for this lady she is a marvel, a gift i was blessed to know her carmen why did you have to leave so soon you have changed my life good bye my angel you will join the ancestors dont forget to visit me..
Quan Mars
Mar 15, 2019
Rest in paradise Carmen.