William R. White Jr.
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.