Forrest David White, Sr.

Published 10:46 am Monday, July 23, 2012

ROCKY MOUNT – Forrest David White, Sr., 91, formerly of Corapeake and more recently of his daughter’s home at 225 Timberlane Drive, Rocky Mount, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

Forrest was born in Gates County on January 4, 1921, the son of the late Robert Peyton “Pate” and Teresa Taylor White. A kind soul, he was always helping others in the community. He loved the Lord, his church, and his family.

After graduating from Sunbury School, Forrest worked at the Newport News Shipyard. He then served proudly for two years as an Army sergeant operating tug boats in the Philippines during World War II. Returning home, he dedicated the rest of his career to farming and logging. Forrest served on the Gates County ASC Committee for over 18 years. He was a member, deacon, and teacher of the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class at Eureka Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his son, David White (Beverly); son-in-law, Bill Howell; sister, Elizabeth Stuber and her husband, Robelyn; and sister-in-law Martha White; the late in-laws, C.P. Brinkley (Hyla), Mary Perry (Bill) and Nell Ward.

Forrest was survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Joyce Hope Brinkley White; his daughter, Mabel Howell of Rocky Mount; two brothers, Gerald F. White (Sara) of Elizabeth City and Marvin P. White of Lake Wales, FL; five grandsons, Mack (Debbie), Jason, Brandon and Steven Howell, and Jeffrey White; a great-grandson, Kye White; special brothers-in-law John Brinkley (Anita) and Fred Ward; daughter’s sister-in-law and Forrest’s special caregiver, Linda Howell; and twenty nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Eureka Baptist Church, Corapeake, by the Revs. Mickey Willard and Cameron Currin. Burial followed with military honors in the church cemetery with Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main Street, Gatesville, handling arrangements. Friends may join the family at the Rocky Mount residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eureka Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Corapeake, NC 27926.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Dr. Jessica Brys-Wilson and the staff of Community Home Care and Hospice for the care given to Mr. White in his final months. May God bless Virginia, Norma, Courtney, Leslie, Anna, and Renee for all the loving care and help given to Mr. White.

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