There are people who just walk into a room and hardly anyone notices the new arrival. Then there are people who light up the room just standing in the doorway. Jocelyn White was the poster child for the latter group.
It wasn’t the smile that shone like the ivories of a Steinway baby grand, the laughing brown eyes or even the hour-glass figure. It was the whole package energized by some unknown power that Joce had brought with her from Arkansas back in 1981 when she landed her first gig as a weather reporter at KDFW-Ch. 4.
Surprisingly in a land where blondes ruled, Jocelyn was a standout with her mane of black hair.
Though her stint wasn’t long at the station … less than three years to be exact … her personality outshone the sunniest forecast.
With a voice that was the perfect blend of southern comfort and sparkle and a laugh with perfect timing, she found a new home on radio working with North Texas’ legendary Ron Chapman at KVIL, where she became lifelong friends with Jody Dean. From 1988-1991, she changed the dial to KISS FM, where she worked with a newcomer — Kidd Kraddick on his Kidd Kraddick Morning Show.
Over the next couple of decades she rolled up her entrepreneurial sleeves and came up with all types of programs like Designing Texas, Designing Texas Catalog, Designing DFW and others, putting to use her journalism degree by interviewing all types of celebrities and regular folks resulting in a new best friend.
While her professional life was geared to TV screens and radios, Joce was leading a double life. She was the first to volunteer if a non-profit needed an emcee for a fundraiser.
Eventually, her roles transitioned into chairing events. Anyone who knew Joce knew that her soft spots were animals and gardens. And she did more than just cut a PSA for them. She chaired the SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball, Equest’s Gala, the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum’s A Writer’s Garden and Mad Hatter’s Tea. Why, she even tried her dancing talents to raise money at Paws in the City’s Dancing with Our Stars in 2010.
But in recent years, close friends knew that Joce’s health was not up to snuff. Just this past February she was diagnosed with a rare lung disease. There was even talk about her needing a lung transplant. But it wasn’t to be. Friday she was rushed to the hospital, where she joined many of her “fur babies” across Rainbow Bridge earlier today.