November 15, 1927 – July 24, 2020
O’Neal White, age 92, a long- time resident of Tallahassee departed this life to see Jesus and begin his new life in heaven on Friday, July 24, 2020. He was born in Hurricane, Alabama on November 15, 1927, to Melvie Owens White and Ernest Garrett White, Sr.
He was raised in Tallahassee, Florida during his childhood and attended Fort Braden Elementary School and Leon High School. He entered the Navy in 1945 where he was stationed in San Diego California. While living there, he met the love of his life, Arlene Little White, and they were married on July 12, 1952. He returned to Tallahassee in 1953, and began his career as an outboard motor mechanic and then a carpenter/electrician and later joined the Tallahassee Fire Department where he worked until he retired as a Lieutenant in 1989.
Upon returning to Tallahassee he served his Lord as a faithful member of Leon Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and later Chairman of the Deacons. He played baseball as a pitcher while serving in the Navy and also played slow pitch softball in Tallahassee where they won the Florida State ASA Slow Pitch Softball Championship in 1961.
He was a gifted self-taught musician, singer and song writer. He played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and steel guitar. He was devoted family man who enjoyed spending time with his children and later grandchildren. His hobbies included, fishing, water skiing, playing any kind of sports. Our favorite family tradition was to gather around and sing with “Papa White” as he played the guitar. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Garrett White, Sr.; mother, Melvie Owens White, step-mother, Lottie Baggett White; brothers, R.D.White, Sr. (Alvine); Ernest Garrett White, Jr. (Emilie); sisters, Myrtha White Mills, (Fred Smith and Roland Mills); Margaree White Raker, (Harold), Gennie White Allbritton (Clyde).
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Arlene Little White; four children, Susan Kellogg (Bob), Garry White (Cindy), Judy Hussey (Sam) and Paula Boone (Gary) and one sister, Evelyn White Reeves. His grandchildren, Charlotte Sorrell (Michael), Charles Reed Rericha, Erin Schepers, Adam Hussey (Meredith), Niki Boone Overstreet, Blaine Kellogg (Kimberly), Kacy Bonta (Brody), Devin Smith (Jeremy). Great grandchildren, Albrey Sorrell, Kayleigh Schepers, Clay Sorrell, Jackson Branch, Kai Kellogg, Jace Hussey, Caroline Branch, Noah Kellogg, Tyler Hussey and Olivia Austin, Brinley Bonta and Blakely Bonta, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Surrounded by family, he listened as they sang one last song, the words of which are so very fitting. “You gave me your love Lord and a fine family. Thank you, Lord, for your blessings on me.” Feeling their love, he knew they would care for each other and that his work on earth was done. He peacefully transitioned to his heavenly home moments later. Due to COVID-19, the family is having a private service on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 1pm. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed at www.facebook.com/culleysmeadowwood
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to your favorite charity or do a deed of kindness for someone in his memory.
Private Funeral Service
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
July 30, 2020
I have many great memories of your father, a man that I believed to be my real uncle for many years! I was so sorry to hear of his passing and I am praying for all of your family.
July 29, 2020
Uncle Neal, As a kid I remember a visit to your house was a real thrill for me. It seemed that you lived so far out in country, they had to pipe sunlight to the house ( as the saying goes ). You were the Uncle in Tallahassee that played games with us kids, took us on tractor rides and taught us how to go gopher hunting. We lost contact after Mom passed away and it took way to long before we reconnected but I am so glad we did. When Rose and I drove up the driveway it took me back to my childhood where all the fun times were had. You and Aunt Arlene rolled out the Red Carpet by inviting all my kin folk, that I had not seen in years, to get together. That along with attending your 90 Birthday are times I Will Always Remember! We Love You Uncle Neal.
David and Robin Couch
July 28, 2020
We are truly blessed to have known O’neal in this life and look forward to seeing him at the feet of Jesus, worshipping our Lord, just as diligently as he was so faithful to do here on this old earth. I praise the Lord often for O’neal and his family. He was a true blessing to our family and will be missed. I’m a better person because of his testimony.
July 28, 2020
Jean Casey and family would like to offer their deepest condolences to a very special man who was loved dearly by us all but most importantly his niece Jean Casey who shares many great memories of her very talented, God fearing uncle Neal. We smile now knowing he is playing beautiful music with our dearest papa and uncle randy in heaven.
With much love,
Ronnie and Gwen Combass
July 28, 2020
We were at Leon Ebenezer Baptist as
Mr. Neal's pastor for 10 1/2 years.
He was a true man of God.
He loved his family and his church family.
Each time Mr. Neal would play his guitar
and sing was some of the best memories
we have of him.
Jim and Joellen McCroan
July 27, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking of you and your family at this time.
July 25, 2020
As a young Christian at church, I saw how Mr. White and his wonderful family loved the Lord. Mr White and his brother would have the young folks over and would sing and play the guitar. Great times praising the Lord. Thanks.
God Bless you and Family.
July 25, 2020
This is a very sad day for the White family and all those who knew and loved Mr. O’Neal White. He was truly one of the kindest and most joyful people I have known. Lynn and I send our love and condolences to all of the White family as you grieve and draw close to one another during this difficult time! Keeping you all constantly in our prayers!
July 25, 2020
One of the finest men I have ever known. His legacy will live forever in the minds and hearts of everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.