Clarence "Sonny" White

October 27, 1938October 28, 2018
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Clarence H. “Sonny” White went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday October 28, 2018. He was born on October 27, 1938 in Covington, TN, the son of the late Clarence Hobert and Cora Lee (Handley) White. He married Virginia “Ginny” McDonald on March 18, 1989 in Maryville, IL. She survives. Sonny retired as security supervisor at Granite City Steel, and more recently was owner / operator of White’s Locksmith Service. He was a member of Crossview Church in O’Fallon, The Madison County Police Association, and the Piston Pushers Car Club. He enjoyed working on classic cars, a favorite being his 67’ Chevy truck, writing poetry and songs, country music, camping, fishing, and most of all spending time with his family. In addition to his wife, Ginny, he is survived by 5 children Larry (Rita) White of Vista, CA, David (Karla) White of Mt. Clare, IL, Donna (Tom) Dudici of Collinsville, IL; John (Marcy) Ansley of Troy, IL, and Mike (Sue Ellen) Ansley of Washington State; twelve grandchildren Tara (Jarrod) Burgess, Robin (Brandon) Brower, Todd (Brooke) White, David (Angie) White, Jason (Josephine) White, Alicia (Matt) Robinson, Colten (Kelsey) Dudici; Megan (Nick) Blackwell, Matt Ansley, Isaiah Ansley, Nathaniel Ansley, and Joshua Ansley; 21 great grandchildren; four siblings Dorothy Kinney, Doris Rose, Gary (Nancy) White, and Linda Munn; four sisters in law Janet Green, Denise McDonald, Kathline Hutchings, and Sue Abel; numerous nieces nephews and extended family who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held from 9 am until a celebration of life service at 11 am on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Cross View Church in O’Fallon, IL. Memorials may be directed to the Siteman Center. Online condolences may be left at


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 3, 2018

Clarence "Sonny" White

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Dean & Julie Darnall, A-1 Auto Specialists

November 9, 2018

Sonny was a great guy, always had a smile. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our condolences to his family and friends. He will surely be missed.

John Hubel

November 2, 2018

On behalf of the Locksmith Security Association of Michigan, we send our condolences to the entire family. Losing anyone is difficult. Losing someone in our profession adds to the sorrow.

Jarrod Burgess

November 1, 2018

Sonny was my wife’s grandfather, he took me under his wing in 2006 to introduce me to the world of locksmithing. I had just met him and he took a chance on me. I’ll forever be grateful for that. I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for him. He was a funny person, and full of one liners that could make you laugh for days on end. He loved his family so much, and was proud. If he wasn’t talking about Locksmithing, he was giving advice to me. He would do anything for anyone. He will be missed and remembered forever.

Lana Schmulbach

November 1, 2018

Sonny was one of the most genuine persons I have ever met. He was always such an encourager. Giving and never looking to receive anything in return. We loved him and Ginny so very much. Heaven received two great men in two months time. In His presence for eternity. JUST THE BEGINNING!!!

John Kellum

October 31, 2018

Sonny was a great Christian friend. He blessed my family many times in training and guiding me in the early years of locksmithing. He built a solid foundation in 6 years in Covington which I built on for the next 17 years and now my oldest son Jonathan continues to build in his second year. Please know your family is in our prayers. Jason if you ever get back to the Covington area look me up.


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