Venice “B.D.” Lynntine Whitaker Inabinet was born December 06, 1953, to the late Rev. CJ and Ernestine (Peay) Whitaker. Her parents showed and taught her the love of the Lord. Those things helped mold
Venice into the God -fearing and God -loving woman that she was. Venice graduated from Dreher High School and then went on to attend Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA. She worked almost all her life.
Some of her employers include the Census Bureau, SCDSS/Child Support Enforcement, Center for Community and Family Transitions, and Columbia International University Alumni Association. In 1973, Venice married her high school sweetheart, Alexander “Zander” William Inabinet, Jr. Zander was in the Navy at the time.
Venice began her new life as a Navy wife and as a mother. Venice and Zander had two children: Kenya and Alexander Jabari. The four of them traveled and lived all throughout the United States and Guam.
The marriage ended in 1995 but the four of them remained a close-knit family. Zander passed away February 9, 2017. Although that was a big loss for them, it made Venice, Kenya, and Jabari’s relationship
stronger with each other and with the Lord
In 2000 Venice was led by the Lord to enroll in Columbia International University (CIU). At the age of 47, she moved on campus and began the next phase in her life. She received her B.S. in General Studies and continued to get her Master of Divinity degree. After graduating, Venice remained active with CIU. She worked with the Alumni Association as the Assistant Alumni Director and was an editor for their Upward newsletter. She had love for and treasured her CIU family, friends, and experiences. Venice was a member of Zion Canaan Baptist Church for over 20 years. In 2009, she became an ordained minister under the leadership of the church’s pastor, Bobby L. Smith, Sr. Venice was active in several ministries within the church. She had her own ministries outside of church such as sending daily scripture/devotional texts to everyone in her cell phone contacts. Venice knew the Word and loved to talk about the Lord! When she was in the pulpit, she didn’t just preach; she would teach. Venice loved her church family and they loved and cherished her.
Venice leaves behind her children Kenya (Armondo) Smith and Alexander Jabari (LaToya) Inabinet; Grandchildren: Jayla Inabinet, Alexander Jabari “A.J.”Inabinet, Jr., Keiana Smith, Ariona Gore, Jaden Jones, Kellie Smith, Shaunteria Dukes, Jahrie (Chonte) Boykin, and Brittany Smith; great -grandchildren: Ja’Miya Pittman, Zi’mere Duncan, Isabella Boykin, Kylie Duncan, Iyanna Boykin, Chanze Atlas, Chaze Atlas, and Damien Boykin; brother: Willie Roscoe (Rene’) Whitaker, memories of her late brother Charles J. Whitaker; sisters: Jackie Whitaker McCollum, Donna Rogers, and Mamie (Vincent) Scott; sisters-in-love: Monica (Benjamin) Stearns, Cindy (Dwayne) Keels, and Deloris (Norman) Curlee. Venice also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.