Bright-Holland Funeral Home

2601 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX


Jimmy Jefferson White

April 13, 1937June 22, 2020

Jimmy Jefferson White, 83, of Paris, passed away Monday, June 22, 2020, at Paris Regional Medical Center. The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date. Cremation was under the care and direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home.

Jimmy was born April 13, 1937, in Union, MS. He honorably served his country in the United States Army for two years. He was a pilot, a barber, and retired as an adjuster for MetLife. Jimmy & his wife, Nora, enjoyed music, and he was lead guitarist for a group in Paris and enjoyed playing music with Kenneth Marshall and friends on Tuesday afternoons. They also enjoyed camping and the outdoors. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Lewis White, a sister, Nellie Ray Neese, and two brothers, Wilbur White and Buddy White.

Survivors include his wife, Nora McDowra White whom he married on May 14, 2002, five step-children, Jeff McDowra & wife Teena, Marla Davis & husband Wes, Bobbie Murray & husband Sam, Donna Varnell & husband Gary, and Debbie Williamson & husband Russell, a sister, Patsy Gardner & husband Willard, a sister-in-law, Eunice White, numerous nieces & nephews including six nephews whom he thought of as his own children, Doyal White, Randy White, Ernie White, Rodney White, Donny Neese, and Mitchell Neese, thirteen grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren along with a host of friends.


  • Family Directed Memorial Service at a later date.


Jimmy Jefferson White

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Jena Garrett

June 25, 2020

Nora, I am so sorry to hear about Jimmy. For many years he was my best friend. I will never forget the day he told me about you and that he was leaving. I was happy for him but didn’t know how I would get by without his words of wisdom and visits. I thank you for loving him like you did but most importantly I thank you for sharing your love of Jesus with him. I could tell he had grown closer to the Lord and I feel that had a lot to do with you and your families influence. Will be praying for all of you!! RIP my sweet dear friend, thanks for the memories.

Frank Vest

June 25, 2020

I'm at such a loss here. Jimmy was so much to so many. To me he was one that encouraged me, was honest with me and taught me so much about music. Jimmy will always be alive in my memories.

Nora and family: I am so sorry for your loss.

Delores Harrison

June 25, 2020

Nora, So very sorry to hear about Jimmy. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Bobby Graham

June 25, 2020

Nora I just heard that Jimmy had died . I am so sorry . I am very happy I got to have a lengthy phone conversation with him a few days ago ! Jimmy was a dear friend . Had known him a very long time . I cherish the recordings I have of him playing his guitar. Sweet memories ! Rest In Peace Jimmy !

Melanie Chesney

June 24, 2020

I’m sorry for your loss. My brother, sister and I went to school with Donna and Debbie. I have very fond memories of Jimmy. He was definitely a character. He always had a great smile. I know you will surely miss him. Prayers for all of the family.

Reba Houghtlin

June 24, 2020

Ed and I have great memories of y’all and always looked forward to seeing you at Sanders Cove, Please know that we will love and miss the memories we have of the good times,

Cathie Emerson

June 24, 2020

Nora, Monty and I are praying for you and your family to be given the strength to get through this. We both love you very much and are here for you.
Jimmy was a special person, he was funny , sweet, loving and very entertaining just to mention a few. I will always remember our times together. Music was our glue and I'll never hear or sing a few without him running thru my mind again.

Kenneth Marshall

June 24, 2020

Nora, I am so sorry for your loss. Just know that Jimmy had so many friends because he had such a magnetic personality. He was My Best Friend and I will miss Him everyday. Tuesdays will never be the same for all our music friends and me. Jimmy definitely did "Make His Mark" on this Earth and will long be the topic of many conversations. He was also welcomed into Heaven by his friend, Wayne Peel, who proceeded him by just a few weeks.

"I recon that The Good Lord Might Like A Little Pickin' Too".......

Jimmy, I respected you, I admired you, I chereshed your friendship, and above all I loved you like A Brother. RIP My Friend, see you again someday soon........

Doris Dollins

June 24, 2020

We are so sorry Nora. We enjoyed those times we were camping with y'all. Jimmy was a joy to be around. A big ole' smile he always shared. May precious memories and the presence of God comfort you in the days ahead. Love Harrison and Doris Dollins

Myrna (Oldham) Lee

June 24, 2020

Marla, sorry for your family and Nora’s loss. He sounds like a wonderful man.
You are in my prayers.