Hugh Ed Edward White Sr.

March 14, 1914April 29, 2013

Mr. White, age 99, died April 29, 2013 at Plantation Estates, Matthews, N.C. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on May 4th at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, with a reception immediately following in the church fellowship hall. Ed was born March 14, 1914, the son of the late Hugh E. White and Mary Green White. He grew up in Gastonia and graduated from Gastonia High School in 1930. He attended Davidson College in 1931, but after his freshman year, returned to Gastonia, where he began his career in architecture as a draftsman during the Depression in the office of his father, one of the first architects in the Carolinas.

In 1940 he entered Georgia Tech to resume his study of architecture. He received his bachelor’s degree there in 1943, immediately followed by his commissioning in the U.S. Navy at Columbia University Midshipman’s School. In World War II, he served aboard the USS Dixie and the USS Telfair in the Pacific theater for three years, including landings for invasion of Hiroshima and Okinawa, where his ship was under Kamikaze attacks. After his discharge as Lt. J. G. in 1946, he joined the firm of Walter Hook, Architect, in Charlotte. The firm, noted for its excellence in design of health care facilities in North and South Carolina and Virginia, was named Freeman White Associates in 1968. Before Mr. White’s retirement as Vice President in 1981, he was involved in the firm’s civic educational and governmental projects. His favorite project was the first Charlotte Douglass Air Terminal building, which he helped design and direct in 1952.

Mr. White was one of the founders of the Charlotte Section of American Institute of Architects and member of the North Carolina chapter of AIA. He was a member of the Downtown Charlotte Rotary Club, director of Charlotte Senior Forum, and President of Charlotte Astronomy Club. He was Handyman Coordinator of Shepherd’s Center, and for 14 years he and his wife, Harriet, delivered Friendship Trays.

A Member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, he served as deacon and an elder, Chairman of Building and Grounds Committee, and member of Christian Life Center Building Committee. A long time supporter of Scouting, he served as Troop Committee Chairman, and Mecklenburg Council Boy Scout Commissioner.

Ed shared his love of nature and the out of doors with his family and friends. He had fond memories pointing out the constellations to children in his neighborhood, and the snow hikes with other fathers and sons on the Appalachian Trail in the winter.

Ed and Harriet lived on Portland Avenue for 45 years and raised their two children there. In January 1996, they moved to Plantation Estates in Matthews, North Carolina, where they spent 17 happy years together, while Ed worked on numerous projects, including the picnic gardens and tree identifications.

Mr. White is predeceased by his three sisters, Elizabeth White Cathey, Ann White Barkley, and Virginia White Bailey. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Harriet Glasgow White; son, Hugh Edward White, Jr. and wife, Jan, of Union County; daughter, Lucy Glasgow White Williams and husband, David, of Henderson, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Rebecca Williams Mueller and Patricia Williams Crocker, Cara White Hunter, Mary White Spence, Thomas Edward White, and Walker Hugh White; nine great-grandchildren, and one more on the way, Catie, Anna, Luke, Elijah, Hope, Micah, Leah, Paul, and Stuart; and also by several nieces and nephews. Ed could always be found enjoying his family: playing with the children on the floor or reading classic literature to them, and even getting to hold his ninth great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Boy Scouts of America, Myers Park Presbyterian Church Building Fund, and Hospice of Charlotte.


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Hugh Ed Edward White Sr.

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John Douglas

November 13, 2013

I just learned of Mr. White's death. Growing up as a friend of his son, Hugh, Mr. White was one of my favorite "friend's fathers". I have fond memories of camping out in their backyard on Portland Avenue and having Mr. White help me identify the Big Dipper.
He was a kind and gentle man who enriched the lives of all who knew him.

Wendy Croom

May 4, 2013

I met Ed, my second cousin twice removed, after reading an article about him and his genealogical research. He and Harriet invited me into their home at Plantation Estates - a mere 3 miles from my home! - to swap family history. Our common ancestor is Joseph Franklin White. Ed showed me a transcription of a letter written by my 2nd great grandmother, Elizabeth White, to Ed's father. This letter contained a great deal of family history and has been sourced by many over the years. Ed kindly let me transcribe his transcription and allowed me to submit it to the York County Genealogical & Historical Society's Quarterly, which published it shortly thereafter. I am sorry to hear of Ed's passing and will always remember him as a kind and learned man. My condolences to Harriet and the rest of his family.

Frank Robert

May 3, 2013

Everyone that knew our UnK"E"-- (what we all called him)--knew that you could not meet a nicer guy! The True Southern Gentleman was always extremely kind. One time we were driving in the winter time and he pointed out the beautiful image the barren trees made pointing to the sky! He could see the beauty in all things from the way bricks were laid in Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yard to the "Snowflake" design of a Hospital Wing. A great Southern Gentleman who really loved his family and helping others. We will miss him here but know that he is happy in Heaven.

Elizabeth Donahue

May 2, 2013

I did not have the pleasure of knowing Ed personally, but I know his son Hugh, so I feel like I knew Ed. Hugh has not only shared many wonderful stories of his precious father, but he, too, is a Southern gentleman who is continuing the legacy of his dad. I know the Lord has drawn especially close to this much loved family of believers during this time. May you be comforted and find peace in the mystery of His Presence.

Patricia Robert

May 2, 2013

Uncle Ed will be greatly missed. He was an amazing man and a Great Uncle! I enjoyed our walks and talks. Everytime I look at a tree or the architecture of a house I will remember his teachings and smile.

Beverly Hunter

May 1, 2013

Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to your family. We are so very sorry for your loss and may you feel a sense of peace for his triumphant homecoming.
Jimmy and Beverly Hunter

Will Bethune

May 1, 2013

Ed sat right next to me in the drafting room when I started working at FreemanWhite in 1979. Ed, as everyone who knew him will agree, was a great guy and will be missed by all. I think that his breed of Southern gentleman is becoming extinct, and it's a shame. God bless you, Ed.