Wil­liam R. White Jr.

Kent County News - - OPINION -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — Wil­liam Robert White Jr. of Ch­ester­town died on Thurs­day, Dec. 27, 2018 in Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town. He was 94.

Mr. White was born near Rolph’s Wharf, Ch­ester­town, the son of the late Wil­liam Robert White Sr. and Sarah El­iz­a­beth El­liott White. He was a res­i­dent of Ch­ester­town for more than 25 years; Cen­tre­ville for nearly 35 years; and Kingstown for the last 29 years.

He was a grad­u­ate of Ch­ester­town High School and a United States Army vet­eran of World War II, serv­ing in the Pa­cific The­ater (New Guinea) as a me­chan­i­cal tech­ni­cian.

Af­ter re­turn­ing home, Mr. White worked for a short time with Ch­ester­town’s elec­tric com­pany, then went to work for the C&P Tele­phone Co., where he en­joyed a 35-year ca­reer.

While em­ployed with C&P, he was among em­ploy­ees cited by the AT&T Na­tional Com­mit­tee to re­ceive the Theodore N. Vail Me­mo­rial Award in recog­ni­tion of courage and de­vo­tion to duty in per­form­ing acts of note­wor­thy pub­lic ser­vice dur­ing the ex­plo­sions at the mu­ni­tions plant in Ch­ester­town on July 16, 1954.

Mr. White was a mem­ber of the Jeff Davis Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 18, of Cen­tre­ville and served there as an ad­ju­tant. He also was a mem­ber of the Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church, Cen­tre­ville, where he served as trea­surer of the Methodist Men’s group for many years.

Mr. White en­joyed fish­ing and crab­bing, was very handy at fix­ing most any­thing me­chan­i­cal and en­joyed play­ing golf with his wife dur­ing his re­tire­ment years.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, Mr. White was pre­de­ceased by his wife Cather­ine L. White in 2009; sib­lings Lusby El­liott, Ron­ald White, Ralph White and Charles “Trixie” White; and chil­dren Wil­liam Robert White III and Su­san Elaine White.

He is sur­vived by his daugh­ter Nancy Jean Se­menick and hus­band Bill of Lau­rel; sis­ter Betty Kay Cole­man of New Port Richey, Fla.; grand­son Aaron Se­menick, and wife An­gela of New Mar­ket; a great-grand­son, Will Se­menick; and great-grand­daugh­ter, Alyssa Se­menick; as well as many nieces and neph­ews.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day, Jan. 4, in the Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Fu­neral Home, 130 Speer Road, Ch­ester­town, where friends and fam­ily may call af­ter 10 a.m. In­tern­ment will fol­low in the Chester Ceme­tery, Ch­ester­town.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily sug­gests con­tri­bu­tions in his mem­ory to the Chil­dren’s Can­cer Foun­da­tion Inc., 5570 Ster­rett Place, Suite 204, Columbia, MD 21044.

WIL­LIAM R. WHITE JR.

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