October 16, 2013
Glenn Wilson White, 83, of Rockingham, N.C., died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Hospice Haven in Rockingham on the 10th anniversary of the death of his beloved wife, Joyce.
White graduated from Rockingham High School in 1948, beginning his leadership skills as president of his senior class. He served active duty in the U. S. Army from 1950 to 1954 being discharged as a first lieutenant and serving inactive duty another four years in the National Guard Reserves.
In 1947, White, his father and brother began what became White Poultry Company and the largest employer in Richmond County. In 1985, the family owned business was sold to Perdue Inc.
White was a member of First Baptist Church in Rockingham for decades serving on the Board of Deacons and the Finance Committee before deciding to move his membership to the smaller, serene setting of Bethel Baptist Church.
White was active in numerous civic affairs during the 1970s and early 1980s. He served on the Rockingham City Council from 1971 to 1979 and was then appointed in 1983 to serve out a term due to the death of a council member.
One of his proudest accomplishments was serving on the Board of Trustees of Richmond Memorial Hospital from 1971 to 1979 with five of those years being the director. During that time, he was instrumental in an expansion project which included the construction of the existing emergency room.
Other accomplishments of White include serving on the Board of Directors of Richmond Federal Savings and Loan Association, First Union National Bank, Branch Banking & Trust, Meredith College and Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. While serving on the Board of American Poultry International, White was chosen in 1981 by Gov. Jim Hunt to travel to Japan as an ambassador on the Governor’s Industrial Commission. He had also been a member of the Rockingham Civitan Club.
After retirement, White enjoyed a number of memorable years at Ocean Isle Beach, boating, joining NC Power Squadron chapter and making trips on the intercoastal waterway. He also particularly enjoyed boating trips and any other activities with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Parker White.
Surviving are his two daughters, Linda Byrd and husband Richard of Rockingham and Judy Welch and husband Jim of Hamlet; grandchildren, Kimberly Byrd of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Rick Byrd of Rockingham, Raymond Cloninger and wife Catherine Davis Cloninger of Rockingham; step grandchildren, Laura Gillespie of Hamlet and David Welch of Polkton; great grandchildren, Shyann and Calli Byrd; step great grandchildren, Maggie Gillespie, Kayleigh Welch and Justin, Christian and Faith Priest; a brother, Austin White and wife Nancy of Rockingham; and a sister, Vivian Wyatt and husband Chuck of Flat Rock.
The family is very appreciative to the staff at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial — in particular the second floor — and to Richmond County Hospice Haven.
The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 from at Watson-King Funeral Home in Rockingham. A private memorial services and burial will be on Oct. 18.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 676, Ellerbe, NC 28338, First Baptist Church, 201 North Randolph St., Rockingham, NC 28379 or FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital Foundation, 925 Long Drive, Rockingham, NC 28379.
Online condolences may be made at www.watson-kingfuneralhome.com
Watson-King Funeral Home in Rockingham is assisting the White family.