Pinkney Burnes White
December 7, 1920 – November 12, 2018
Pinkney (Paul) Burnes White PNMC (USN-Retired) reported to the Staff of the Supreme Commander on Monday, November 12, 2018 in Jacksonville, FL. Master Chief White was a long time resident of Jacksonville, FL. He was preceded in death by his wife and their daughter Gloria Jean White, his parents and 7 brothers and sisters. He was last of a family of 8 siblings. During his Naval career of 28 years, he served on destroyers, air craft carriers, tenders, LST’s; many shore bases and his most favorite duty on the battleship, USS IOWA BB61. He also was stationed at the Pentagon. During WWII, he was part of the crew that set the Subic Bay Base and in particular the personnel office for officers and enlisted sailors. Much of his career from E-6 thru E-9 was on staff duties with Commanding Officers, Captains and Admirals. He was an avid golfer and played golf on many of the world’s golf courses. He often played on the “ship’s golf team” and a few “Pro-Am” tournaments. As one might expect, “ you can take the sailor out of the NAVY but you cannot take the sailor out of the man”. He enjoyed going to NAS Jacksonville, Mayport and occasionally to Kings Bay Submarine Base. Often these visits were to play golf and to visit the Chief’s Club. Pinkney (Pau) and his wife, Louise often would spend the day on a golf outing. Leaving early to eat breakfast, play 9 holes, have lunch at the club and then finish the last 9 holes. On the way home, stop somewhere to have dinner. They sincerely enjoyed each other’s company. Later in life, after the passing of Louise he became very attached to a stray cat named “Calico” which was a good companion for him. It is believed that the two of them really understood each other, after the trained him.
He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Graveside Service will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32218 on Wed., November 21, 2018 at 11:00 am.
‘GOD SPEED MASTER CHIEF WHITE.”
- Graveside Service Wednesday, November 21, 2018
- Reception Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Pinkney Burnes White
Charles A Menges
December 19, 2018
When I was about 12 years old, (1955 time-frame), the Menges family (a family of six) were invited to share the weekend with both Uncle Paul and Aunt Louise at the Norfolk Naval base. We arrived at base on that Saturday afternoon. We had such a great time. Uncle Paul noted that he had a surprise for us on Sunday. That Sunday we all loaded into the cars and followed Uncle Paul to the one of the navy's pier on the base. Our surprise was to visit the USS Battleship Iowa BB61. We boarded the ship and we were guided to the Chief's Mess for lunch. At the conclusion of our lunch, Uncle Paul provided a tour of the ship. What hit me the most about the battleship, were her big guns and the size of the projectile.
The next best thing upon another visit, where he and Aunt Louise were living in Suitland, MD. was when we played a round of golf on the Andrews Air Force Base back in 1972.
Many years later in the 1990's, my wife and I visited Uncle Paul and Aunt Louise down in Jacksonville. FL. We stayed with them for a week and on several occasion played a couple of rounds of golf. The thing that amazed me the most, was when Uncle Paul setup to strike the golf ball, he took a very short swing (about 1/2 of the swing that most people take) for each strike at the ball. Each time we played he surely beat the pants off of me - Man what a GOLFER.
I and my wife will miss him dearly and know that he has joined his mate and daughter in heaven.
December 15, 2018
YOU WERE SO THOUGHTFUL TO SEND THE CARD & INFO CONCERNING UNCLE PAUL. THANK YOU. UNCLE PAUL WAS A FAVORITE UNCLE.
I LIVED WITH AUNT LOUISE & UNCLE PAUL AFTER I GRADUATED SCHOOL BACK IN PA & HAD A JOB IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LIVED WITH THEM
FOR ABOUT 1 1/2 YRS. UNTIL I COULD GET MY OWN PLACE & CLOSER TO WORK. THEY WERE MY ADOPTED PARENTS WHILE AWAY FROM
HOME. HAVE MANY HAPPY MEMORIES WITH THEM. THEY TOOK ME OUT GOLFING A FEW TIMES. WE HAD A GREAT TIME. I ALWAYS REMEMBERED UNCLE PAUL'S BIRTHDAY ON 7 DEC-NEVER FORGOT IT AS THIS WAS ALSO PEARL HARBOR DAY & MY DAD WAS ON THE USS
ARIZONA WHEN IT WAS BOMBED & DAD PLACED THE FIRST WREATH OF HONOR ON IT WHEN IT WAS DEDICATED. DAD & UNCLE PAUL HAD
MANY STORIES TO SHARE SINCE THEY BOTH WERE NAVY GUYS! I SURELY AM GOING TO MISS UNCLE PAUL-HE WAS A GREAT UNCLE &
FRIEND. REST IN PEACE MY DEAR UNCLE. THANKS AGAIN FOR GETTING IN TOUCH WITH ME. I APPRECIATE IT. LOVE, DEE REICHENBACH