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Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

OBITUARY

James T. White

April 5, 1940June 30, 2019
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James Thomas “Jim” White passed away peacefully June 30, 2019 at his home in Falls Church, Virginia, after battling cancer. He was 79. Jim was born on April 5, 1940 in Washington, DC to the late Elmer Joseph and Hester Hatcher White. Jim’’s early years were spent in Takoma Park, Maryland. A cherished part of his childhood was time spent during summers at his family’s cottage in Woodland Beach, Maryland, on the South River. It was there that he first explored what would become his lifelong love of fishing and the water. His family relocated to Edgewater, Maryland, when he was a sophomore in high school and he graduated in 1958 from Annapolis Senior High School. Immediately following his high school graduation, Jim volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps, where he served his Country for three years until his honorable discharge. Just a few years later, at the age of 24, the next great chapter of his life began when he married the love of his life, Mary Catherine Chaconas. Jim and Mary would share 50 years together before her passing five years ago and raised five children together in Falls Church, Virginia. In addition to a successful business as real estate investors that Jim and Mary built together, Jim founded and operated WW Plumbing for over 40 years a successful commercial plumbing company. Jim always enjoyed spending time with family and time on the water. He had a much loved vacation property on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and would often steal off there for some fishing. He especially loved when his family joined him. As much as Jim loved his children, he especially loved being a grandfather to his seven grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Jim is predeceased by his wife Mary C. White; his sister Janice White Myers: His brother in law Laymon Myers; his brother, John Hatcher White; his daughter, Mary C. Barkes; and his favorite granddaughter, Emily Barkes. Jim is survived by three daughters, Jane “Janie” M. White of Virginia Beach, VA, Melissa “Missy” White Sisson of Falls Church, VA and Amy Joy Chadwick of Charlotte, NC; a son, Jimmy Joe White of Falls Church, VA; a son-in-law, Jerry Chadwick of Charlotte, NC; six grandchildren, Jerry Chadwick, Jr., Jeffrey Chadwick, and Samantha Chadwick, all of Charlotte, NC, Izabella Sisson and Jake Sisson of Falls Church, Va and Sarah Barkes of Fort Walton Beach, Fl; and a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph R. and Lois White of Kill Devil Hills, NC and His Sister in law, Patricia White. He also had many nieces and nephews that he loved. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 1 pm at Murphy’s Funeral Home in Falls Church. Va. A visitation will be held on Friday July, 12, 2019 from 6 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to WoundedWarriorProject.org, a charity of great importance to Jim. Condolences may be offered at www/murphyfuneralhomes.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Richard Kearny

July 10, 2019

James T. White or as I came to know him as Mr. White was a great friend. He and his wife were instrumental in preparation for my marriage. My condolences to the entire White family. May he rest in peace. Rick

Jane white

July 9, 2019

My Mom is buried here. Dad and I were looking for her plot it was on the marine corp Birthday. We were walking everywhere trying to find Mom. Dad had just had a new stone made for her. All of a sudden a big whistle came through dad and I started laughing. We look up and found Mom.... We know it was a sign from her. My dad is getting buried next to his loving wife Saturday July 13,

Samantha Chadwick

July 9, 2019

I got to spend the last few months with Grandad. I got to take him out for dinner, drive him around wherever he needed to go or just simply hangout in the kitchen talking to him. He sure did know how to make you laugh. When it came to eating some sweets he was all for it. Whether it was chocolate frosty from Wendy’s or just a mini cherry pie from the store. If he was eating that’s all that mattered to me. He told me many stories while I was with him. The last time I saw him I walked in and said I was here to visit my main man and When I said that he had a huge smile on his face. Before I left I always told him that I loved him and he always smiled. He was the best grandpa and I am going to miss him very much.

Libby Koepenick

July 9, 2019

Jim always had a twinkle in his eyes --- I always enjoyed his humor. He will be sorely missed by his entire family who loved, honored and cared for him, especially through his last difficult days. It is comforting to know Jim is now with his wife Mary, his daughter Mary and his granddaughter Emily.

Teddy and Carla Galpin

July 9, 2019

Enjoyed getting to know Jim while spending time in Fort Myers, Florida. He was full of life and enjoyed having a lot of fun.

Joy Chadwick

July 8, 2019

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