Funeral services for L.C. White, 91, of Greenville, Miss., will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at The First Baptist Church in Greenville.
Funeral services for L.C. White, 91, of Greenville, Miss., will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at The First Baptist Church in Greenville. He died Jan. 13, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Burial will be in the Greenville Cemetery with military honors under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home.
L.C. was born on June 26, 1919 in Kodak, Tenn. to Belva DeLozier White and Willis Clay White. He grew up in Seymour, Tenn. in his beloved Great Smoky Mountains, and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville before World War II. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Oct. 29, 1942 at Camp Forrest, Tenn. and was stationed in California for pilot training where he was a student of Zeb Pruner, who had flown with Will Rogers and Wiley Post. L.C. served as pilot and co-pilot of “Little Joe”, the B-17 Flying Fortress, in the 95th Bomber Group stationed at Horham, England during World War II.
His plane crew who daringly pioneered flying the B-17 by way of Goosebay, Labrador and Iceland on the way to England during the winter of 1943 knew him as “Ace”. Fortunately, he and his crew flew in Europe after the P51 Mustang was used to protect the B-17, and he and his crew returned safely. He continued to serve our country as an Air Force reservist for approximately 25 years, and afterwards, he became a liaison officer for the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.
During World War II at Greenville Air Force Base, he met Josephine Kersh who would become his wife on July 5, 1945. They married in Leland, Miss. and were lovebirds for 64 years until Josephine died Feb. 23, 2010.
After the war, L.C. studied forestry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree. He specialized and excelled in hardwood forestry throughout the South and became president of the Mississippi Forestry Association. L.C. is recognized for his longstanding service to Delta Council and for his appointment by the governor to chair and serve on the Mississippi Forestry Commission. He managed forests for Chicago Mill and Lumber Co. in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas for approximately 30 years, after which he opened a forestry consulting business in Greenville, Miss. on Main Street where he and Josephine worked side by side.
He managed many of the hardwood forests in the South as well as their wildlife and trained young foresters as he worked. He was a naturalist who loved the outdoors and its beauty, an intangible gift, which he gave to his children.
He was dedicated to missions at First Baptist Church in Greenville, and served for many years as a deacon who made a difference in all of the lives that he touched. His sweet smile and quiet strength permeated our lives and left us changed forever. L.C. was a guiding light to his children showing them Christ the Lord and the path to a successful life. His motto was “Be the Best”, and he continually persevered and made good things happen for his family. We have all been recipients of his steadfast love and the peace within his heart. He taught us t hat “the best things in life aren’t things”.
We will miss his constant encouragement. His life has been an example for all of us, and his perseverance and steadfast love will be in our hearts forever.
Survivors include his son, Lyndon Clay White and wife Donna of Cary of N.C.; daughters, Virginia White Stovall and husband, Thomas of Houston, Texas and Madeleine White Cunningham and husband, Michael Lerner, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; granddaughters, Nicole Cunningham Baldwin and husband, Justin, and Catherine Anne Cunningham, all of Oklahoma City; grandsons, John Michael Stovall of Houston and Luke Curtis Cunningham and wife, Katie, of Houston; and three great-grandchildren, Finley Lucas Cunningham, Kate Virginia Baldwin and Mallory Quinn Baldwin (born Jan. 14, 2011) of Oklahoma City; his brother, Jimmy White and wife, Norma Jean, of Maryville, Tenn., and his sisters, Mildred Cruze, and husband Ray of Nashville, Tenn., Charlotte Kirkland of Knoxville, Tenn. and Carolyn Stubblefield of Gastonia, S.C.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Boone-Wells Funeral Home in Greenville.