James Willard White went home to be with his Lord Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 28, 1939, in Columbus County, to C. Raymond White and Leona Gore White.
He sadly lost his mother at the age of three, but the Lord blessed him with another loving mother, Lillian Norris White. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Elroy White, Ray White and Dale White; along with a sister, Hilda Gray Mosbey.
Willard was a lifelong member of Antioch Baptist Church in Whiteville, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir director as well as many other positions throughout the years.
In 1959 he married his wife of 62 years, Luvina Duncan White. He raised his family and was a lifelong farmer in the Antioch community.
Once retired, Willard enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed the outdoors while hunting, fishing and enjoying the company of those at the fox pens. His life’s passion was sharing with those around him the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior.
His funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Hardee officiating. Viewing will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday prior to his service at the church. Burial will be in the Old Zion Cemetery. The family requests masks and social distancing at the service. Peacock Funeral Home is serving the family.
View a webcast of Mr. White’s funeral service on his obituary page at www.peacockfuneralhome.net. Acess will be available after his service.
He is survived by his wife, Luvina Duncan White; one son, Mitchell White and wife, Dee Dee, of Whiteville; three daughters, Kim Ward and husband, George, Terry McPherson and husband, Mark, Tonia Hurley and husband, David, all of Whiteville; two brothers, Charles White and wife, Rosalie, of Burgaw and Jerome White and wife, Rosa, of Clarkton; one sister, Alice Lane of Liberty, S.C.; six grandchildren, Ashley Ward Campau (Chris), James McPherson (Anna), Jeremy Ward (Katie), Jacob Hurley, Kelly McPherson Hendrickson (Tyler), Kannon White; and three great-grandchildren, Hayesly McPherson, Laurel Campau, Griffin McPherson.
The family would like to thank Liberty Hospice and Home Care and special care giver, Emma Ward, as well as Dr. Richard Flemming, along with many friends and family for their thoughts and prayers through the years.
Online condolences may be made at www.peacockfuneralhome.net.