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James Keene White, 91, passed away at the home of his
daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Bill Bailey. He was
born on October 9, 1920, and resided in Kingsport,
Sullivan Co TN, his entire life.
Mr. White retired in 1985 after 46 years, from Kingsport
Power Company, last serving as personnel director. He
graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School and East
Tennessee State University.
Military service included serving during WWII as an
infantryman in the European Theater. He received the
Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart
and Cluster. He attended Waverly Road Presbyterian Church,
serving as an elder. He received the Distinguished Service
Award in 1952 by the Kingsport Jaycees and also served as
Charter President, and Past President and Life Member. He
was a past member of Kingsport Sertoma, and was active in
the VITA Program, Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America,
Kingsport Mental Health Association, Red Cross, Kingsport
Preaching Mission, Bible Teaching Association, and
He was married to Mildred McCary White who predeceased him
in death in 2005.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, I. W. and
Sue Chambers White; baby brother, William Carl White, and
brother, J. Blaine White; sister, Mary W. Arrington;
daughter, Susan W. Fox; and son, Jim White.
Survivors include a sister, Helen W. Johnson; daughter and
son-in-law, Carolyn and Bill Bailey; sons and daughters-in-
law, Robert and Sheila Callahan White and Richard and Anne
Ton White; daughters-in-law, Diana Morgan White and Jean
Kendrick; son-in-law, Donald Fox; grandchildren include,
Lee Fox, Jonathan White, Alexandra W. Everett, Richard
Hicks, Will Bailey, Beth B. Nye, Lindsay J. White, and
Elizabeth Anne White; twelve great-grandchildren; and
several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Mr. White's many friends at
Baysmont-Asbury, Dr. Diana Nunley, and Smoky Mt. Hospice.
A memorial service with visitation afterwards will be held
at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church with The Rev. Daniel S.
Clark officiating, on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 11 a.m.
Interment will be at Waverly Road Columbarium.
Memorials may be made to Waverly Road Presbyterian Church,
or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1401B Old
Mill Circle, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is in charge.