OBITUARY

Jeff Davis White

March 25, 1921June 30, 2019
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Jeff Davis White, Chief Master Sergeant, (Ret.), 98 passed on peacefully at his Riverside, CA home on June 30, 2019. Jeff was born March 25, 1921 in Jacksonville, NC to John Thomas White and Elmira (Bradley) White.

A veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War, Jeff served his country honorably in both the United States Army and the United States Air Force. During World War II, he served in India and Burma as a part of the 45th Engineer Regiment to aid in the construction of the Ledo Road.

After World War II, Jeff was based at Carswell Air Force Base and while out with friends, he met “the love of my life”, Clara Jo White. They were married for sixty-four years, until Clara Jo’s passing on May 7, 2014.

Jeff retired from the military after 30 years, to Riverside, CA where he pursued his many interests; two of which were gardening and woodworking. His gardening skills were legendary and he crafted extraordinary furniture from his favorite woods’ mahogany and redwood. He loved jazz music and would spend hours with his beloved Clara Jo listening to their favorite musicians.

Jeff is survived by his older brother Johnie White, age 99, of Brooklyn, NY; his son, Jeris White of Brunswick, MD; and daughter Gina Porter of Riverside, CA.

Jeff was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Clara Jo (Walker) White; children, Anita Davis, Jackie Sells and Mona Lisa White.

Mr. White also leaves to cherish his memory numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AchesonandGraham.com for the White family.

  • FAMILY

  • Jeris White, Son
  • Gina Porter, Daughter
  • Johnie White, Brother
  • Clara Jo ( Walker) White, Wife
  • Anita Davis, Daughter
  • Jackie Sells, Daughter
  • Mona Lisa White, Daughter
  • Mr. White also leaves to cherish his memory numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Services

23 July

Celebration of Life Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary

7944 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

23 July

Reception

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary

7944 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

23 July

Committal Service

2:01 pm - 2:30 pm

Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary

7944 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, July 22, 2019

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Gerri Seay

July 18, 2019

I wrote a note and wrote “Morningside” instead of RIVERSIDE. So sorry!

Geraldine Seay

July 18, 2019

I received notice of Mr White’s passing from Chaplin Kirk, I responded to The Chaplin, but it did not go through. Here was my response to him and my note to Mr. White’s Family. Of importance as well, I spent a great deal of time at March Reserve Base as a Minority Faculty Fellow from Florida A&M University. It was at March’s DVIC that A crucial piece Of research became available . RIP Sgt White. Here is my email to the Chaplin and Sgt White’s Family

Thanks so much for reaching out. And for your friendship and familiarity of the Black Troops on the Ledo Road. The road building project these men were tasked with building was one of the penultimate examples of a people’s faith in their country. Knowing that they were not treated with respect and going the “whole mile” anyway shows just how HOPE can affect people. These men and women laid down their lives and their youth for this country.

This thousand mile road construction project has been buried and thought lost to time. I’m thankful that recordings of these men and women exist and prove just what incredible lives these twenty somethings lived. Courage in the face of strange surroundings; inventiveness in the presence of poor government support; a togetherness that would see them through; the pride they showed in their work on the road- building it, driving it, caring for the trucks , are the take-aways of the China, Burma, India Theatre of Operation
for Black Americans, nay-ALL Americans.

Please extend My deepest condolences to the Jeff Davis White Family. And please convey to them that the research I’ve completed proves that the Black Ledo Road Soldiers’ work - Mr.White’s Ledo Road work - was a direct contribution to the Integration of the Army. We owe him and all the others who served to build the Road a debt we can never repay. We can only try to live to be worthy enough to step on the path they created for us.

With every Respect,

Dr. Geraldine H. Seay
www.ledoroad.com

Dale Manley

July 13, 2019

My condolences to the family of Mr. White. I’ve known Mr. White for many years as a customer at Parkview Nursery. He was always nice and he always knew what he wanted. He would talk about the war and I think it was Burma. He said the VA Hospital had put his body back together. He had high praise for the VA Hospital. I enjoyed Mr. White’s stories. I will miss him. With deep sympathy from Dale Manley from Parkview Nursery.

Patricia Bartle

July 10, 2019

Thank you Jeff for being such a great neighbor & friend ❤️ We lived next door to each other for 32 years and always kept the grass green between us... never having any disagreements... just love, kindness, and understanding. You never hesitated to lend a helping hand, to listen, and to share your wisdom.
I appreciate everything you ever did for me and my family. We’re going to miss you, your smile, and your amazing stories about going to war and serving our country.
God Bless you Jeff 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸 Condolences to Jeris, Gina & Humphrey, and the entire family.
Love Patty & Molly Bartle

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