William R. "Bill" White

May 9, 1925October 15, 2020
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William R. “Bill” White, age 95, of Academy passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at his home in Academy. He was born on May 9, 1925 in Reeds Lake, Texas the son of Coy R. White and Lillian Wallace White.

Bill will be in state on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 9:00am – 9:00pm at Scanio Harper Funeral Home 3110 Airport Rd. Temple, Texas 76504.

Visitation will take place on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 10:00am at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home, followed by burial at Bellwood Memorial Park.

Bill was a racing legend in Texas and was one of the first members voted into the Wall of Fame at HOT Speedway and was a former member of the USAC, IMCA, and NASCAR. He served his country in the United States Navy, was a member of the American Legion Post #133 in Temple and was the first and only City Marshall for Little River-Academy being elected to 3 terms. Bill was a mechanic and owned and operated Bill White Automotive for many years before retiring in 2016.

He is survived by his wife Linda of Academy, children, Sheradee Sanders and husband Jimmy of Academy, Paul White and wife Dee of Eddy, Keith White and wife Brittany of Academy and Karen Stewart and husband Brandon of Academy, 18 grandchildren, Aliegha Pruitt, Ricky Jay Wright, Jr., Shalyssa Ellison, Chris White, Briana White, Shelbi Hutrya, Brian Paul White, Brooke White, Koy White, Ryan White, Kenidi White, Journee White, Jaxon White, Kahlaeni Jackson, Khylar Miles, Lenzi Stewart, Lilli Stewart, and Landon Stewart, and 8 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Wanda McCormick of Temple, Nell Messer of Little River, Lynda Owen of Academy, and Donna Locklin of Salado, brother Ronnie White and wife Brenda of Academy, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Justin Pruitt, a great granddaughter Clinton Evelyn Chipman, brother Vernon White and a sister Bea Stephens.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Bill’s name to the Disabled American Veteran’s ( would be appreciated


  • Linda White, Wife
  • Paul White, Son
  • Keith White, Son
  • Sheradee Sanders, Daughter
  • Karen Stewart, Daughter
  • He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren,his sisters, Wanda McCormick, Nell Messer, Lynda Owen, and Donna Locklin, and brother Ronnie White.

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  • Brian Paul White
  • Landon Stewart
  • Jaxon Kole White
  • Raymond Koy White
  • Ryan Keith White
  • Ricky Jay White


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Burial

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020


William R. "Bill" White

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October 20, 2020

It was truly an honor to have spent time with Bill White over the past two years making a documentary, which includes interviews with Bill and Linda and a tour through some of Bill's racing photos. I hope you enjoy viewing this as much as I did making it.

Susan Dose Blevins

October 20, 2020

What a legend in our lives. Our dad Skip and "Uncle" Bill were truly a pair. Racing is what bonded them, their character is what made them brothers. I can only imagine that their conversations have resumed as they have been reunited in Heaven.

Linda and family,
The Dose family extends our hearts, prayers and loyalty to you all. We hope that God grants you a peace that surpasses all understanding during this difficult time and in the days to follow. We love you.

Misti Eason

October 20, 2020

Bill was my grandmother Nell’s brother. As a child I have fond memories of his warm, jovial nature. He was always so kind to me. My condolences to His wife, his siblings, his children, his grandchildren amd great grandchildren. He was a very sweet man and I’m sure he will be so missed.

Melvin Herzog

October 19, 2020

Bill was a good man and I’ll miss him. I will miss him at the ball game watching his granddaughter.
Bill was one hell of a mechanic, he has worked on several of my vehicles. RIP my friend I’ll miss you.

James Galla

October 19, 2020

One of the greatest guys I ever knew, Ran with him every time he came to Devils bowl in the last 4 years of the old bowl When I started there Bill helped check out my car and got it fixed where it I could drive it better. So sorry to hear this, again he was a great friend. R I P Bill and may God be with the family.

Preston Johnson

October 19, 2020

Bill his kids and wife, Me my kids and wife in a station wagon towing a race car that he drug out of the weeds and we got it running. Heading off to races in San Antonio, new Track 1st race of the season. As we leave Little River we get pulled over by DPS Tom Lovelace he says Bill I clocked you at 65 turned off the radar thinking you’d slow down but when I turned it back on you were doing 75 so I have to give you a ticket Bill said “make it quick shorty I’m in a hurry”

Debbie Brumbelow

October 19, 2020

My condolences and prayers to Linda, Paul and Keith and all of the family. I grew to know you all through all of the stories Mike told me for many years. Mike loved sitting with Bill after his appointments at Bill's Grill drinking coffee and talking.
Prayers again to all of the family.🙏🏻🙏🏻

Neil upchurch

October 18, 2020

A great Texas race-car driver has departed the auto race tracks for the last time.

RIP ... Bill White

Neil Upchurch - Founder:
TIDA Late Model Series
Texas Pro Sedan Series
Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway
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Kay Smith

October 18, 2020

My love and prayers are with all of you. He was loved and will be greatly missed.

Jim Sheppard

October 18, 2020

RIP Bill White. You were a good man and will be in my memory forever. I spent many hours in your garage off Ave M while a teenager and learned a lot about small block Chevy engines. Thanks for the friendship and memories.


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