Paul C. White

June 13, 1957April 23, 2014

Paul Charles White of Williamsburg, died on April 23, 2014 at the age of 56 due to complications of type 1 diabetes which he lived with for 35 years. He was a self-employed residential designer who brought great happiness to many clients in designing their dream homes in Williamsburg, VA and beyond. His beautiful and functional designs have appeared in Better Homes and Gardens Home Ideas and other home design magazines.

Paul was also an accomplished builder and designed and built his first home as a solo project in his native Ogden, UT. During his life, he enjoyed sailing, biking, photography, drawing, painting, traveling, gardening, cooking, and listening to great pianists like George Winston and David Lanz. He was a masterful woodworker who created several family heirlooms that will preserve the memory of his artistic soul. Two of his favorite places to travel were Maine and the English countryside with his wife, Lael. In more recent years, he expertly restored an old Airstream trailer, and enjoyed a few camping trips around Tidewater, VA. In 2010, Paul and Lael became grandparents to their first grandson, Benjamin Bryan Whybrow, who has brought them both great happiness and joy. Marika, Paul’s daughter, remembers with fondness Paul’s patient and loving guidance with her math homework over the years, as well as his support of all her pursuits. Paul was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and despite dealing with serious illness, was able to enjoy James Taylor live with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City last year.

Admired and remembered for his many creative talents that brought tremendous joy to his family, friends, and clients over many years, Paul will be deeply missed. He is a reminder to all of us that regardless of not having a choice in the matter, living with a challenging disease is a brave path that renders the body weak, but the spirit strong. He fought his illness for a long time and is finally free to rest in the love and compassion of his God.

Paul is survived by his wife, Lael Rose Davis White of Williamsburg; daughter and her partner, Marika Rose Pickett and Robert James Whybrow; grandson, Benjamin Bryan Whybrow, all of Auckland, NZ; brother Kenneth (Rosa Lee) White of Franklin, NC; a sister RaNae Call of Farr West, UT; brother Eldon (Valene) White of Ft. Worth, TX; and mother-in-law, Marilyn Rose Keyes of Williamsburg, VA. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families. Paul will also be sorely missed by his beloved dog, Luke. He is preceded in death by his mother, whom he adored, Norma White, and his father, Delmar White, a sister Carol Jean White; and a brother-in-law Kent Call.

The family will receive friends on May 3 between 10:00 and 11:00 AM at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, where a memorial service will begin at 11:00 AM.


  • Visitation Saturday, May 3, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 3, 2014

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July 8, 2014

Mrs. White,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I worked for a local custom home builder and Paul did all the designs for the company. He was such a wonderful person, I enjoyed working (by extension) with him and I will truly miss him.

Kenny Ledbetter

May 30, 2014


I'm very sorry to hear about Paul's passing. I miss finding music and art with him and you. I'm sorry about allowing time and distance to separate all of us.

Micaela Aussem

May 21, 2014

Dear Lael, I am so sorry I didn't know of this until now but wanted to share with others the first memory I had of Paul. He was in your kitchen while us girls were goofing around and he asked us if we wanted to help him make a fruit pizza....we looked at each other like, yeah, right! He showed us how to make one and the way he cut and placed each piece of fruit it looked almost too pretty to eat. He explained to us that he was diabetic and had to eat very well and take good care of himself and told us girls that we should do the same even if we don't have it. I remember him doing Grandma's sun room and walking on the car port thinking he was going to smart, sweet and amazing. I wish once we found our match here that God would let us stay together and return Home together. I am so glad you found each other and had many years together, although not nearly enough. You are all in our thoughts. We love you.

Jan Wilson

May 13, 2014

Lael, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband Paul.
What a talented and accomplished man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


May 3, 2014

Paul taught me to cook, made a stellar custard pie, designed and built our beautiful family home in Westray Downs, kept me from failing math in high school with his patient tutoring, and looked after me in ways that I am sure I am unaware of...we struggled at times as step dad and step daughter, but he always had my best interest at heart...and he was so supportive to me and Rob in the birth of our precious son. He was an excellent grandpa who wholeheartedly accepted Ben and I as his own. It was also so heartwarming to see the budding friendship between Paul and Rob. They enjoyed a lot of guy talk, trips to the hardware store, and collaborated on a few projects. Paul could still use his sharp mind and Rob performed the labor. Rob learned a lot from Paul and we've both shed tears for him. We both saw what Paul went through with his disease in recent years and in his death, we feel even closer to each other because we know Paul loved us and that he wanted to see us make things work. We love Paul and will miss him very much. We're happy that my mom has taken so many great photos of Paul so we can choose one to frame and put in our home. I love you, Mom. xoxo

Berna & Joe Heyman

May 3, 2014

Dear Lael,
We remember Paul with admiration, respect and a deep sense of loss that such a great mind and person is no longer with us. Every day as we enjoy different aspects of our home we feel Paul's creativity and sense of design – in addition to his sense of humor. We will always cherish the wonderful weekend we spent together driving to see Falling Water and limping back to Williamsburg with a locked transmission. We have laughed together often, and that is the sound I will recall.
With Love,
Berna and Joe Heyman

Martha Katz-Hyman

May 3, 2014

Lael, I was so sorry to learn of Paul's passing. May memories of happier times and the knowledge that your friends are thinking of you bring you and your family comfort at this sad time.

May 3, 2014

You both have been wonderful neighbors, and made use fill so welcome to be in Waters Edge. Lael, so sorry for your lose, your care for Paul was a good example to us all. Gods Blessings.

Butch and Brenda Anderson

Charles & Mary Leahey

May 1, 2014

We are sorry for your loss. We had the privilege of working with him when he designed our house in 2002.

Michelle Georges,RN

May 1, 2014

Dearest Lael &Marika, You ladies lit up Paul's life...His face and manner would become animated and chatty when he spoke of both of you. He was an interesting man to talk to and we cracked each other up several times which is always an unexpected highlight in life for me. I'm glad he doesn't have to endure illness any more, and I hug both of you for your loss and so admire the incredible kindness and compassion you gave this handsome man. Love, Michelle