Mr. George White, 83 went home to be with the Lord on July 17, 2021. His beloved wife Thelma and devoted son Anthony were by his side. George was born April 24, 1938 to William and Bettie White Sr. in Willis, Texas. The Lord blessed him with his wife Thelma, and they were united in marriage September 2, 1961. From their union they have one son Anthony George White.
George moved to Galveston while he was in middle school and graduated from Central High School in 1957. After graduation he attended Prairie View A&M University, Texas Southern University and later Galveston College where he earned an associate degree in Management Supervision.
George was the Purchasing Agent and Supervisor of Counter Sales at Flood and Calvert. He worked there twenty years until the doors closed in 1986. He was later employed as the Director of Purchasing for the City of Galveston Housing Authority and worked during the remodeling of the Galveston Island Community Center and the HUD Hope Housing Project. He worked there until retirement. George also loved working in the community and provided service through his work with community organizations. He is a former member of the Plumber’s Review Board, Traffic & Planning Commission, State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee and a retired member from the Noon Kiwanis Club. George consistently received the Spiritual Aims award from his Kiwanis Club. A few of his passions were delivering Thanksgiving and Christmas meals throughout the city with his Kiwanis Club. Sometimes he would drive all day and night from Kentucky to get here in time to make his deliveries. He often had children from the church riding with him, not only to help, but to teach compassion and humility. He also loved to stand in front of the grocery store to ring the bell for Salvation Army during Christmas. The colder the better he thought. His social organizations include past memberships in Knights of Pythias Seawall Lodge, Shriners El Katif Temple #4, a 33rd Degree Mason in the Winn Consistory #34 and a founding member of the Gallant Men’s Social and Charity Club
George served as a Deacon at West Point Baptist Church and worked diligently to serve his pastor and the church. His professional Career in purchasing and budgeting allowed him to eagerly assist and advise on major church projects. He also was the chairman of the Finance Committee and served as the Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School. He enjoyed working with the West Point youth during Vacation Bible School and assisting where needed in Sunday School. George retired early to support his wife as she realized her dream of becoming a college president. After a brief residence in Tacoma, Washington the two established roots in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for eighteen years. George didn’t sit idly by he quickly became involved in First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown. He was happy to accept honorary Deacon status in the church. On a visit to Kentucky, Rev. K. W. Tillmon of West Point told Rev. B. T. Bishop of First Baptist not to get used to Deacon White because he was on loan and was always coming back to Galveston. The two Pastors became fast friends both recognizing Deacon White’s footsteps followed the path of the Lord. Whenever Deacon White was in Galveston, he attended West Point and was welcomed back, treated as if he never left, and expected to pick up where he left off.
Our husband and father, ‘Mr. George’ as he was affectionally know to his close friends, didn’t invent the man cave but he certainly had one before it was considered cool. His garage was outfitted with all the tools and necessities including a stove and a kitchen sink. He said, “If I have a shower in here, I’ll have to call this a garage apartment .” If you were looking for Mr. George after work are on the weekend don’t, call the house just ride by and you will find him in his garage. We always asked him what he had going on for the weekend and the answer was always the same, “Oh, I got a lot to do.” This was the same whether he was in Kentucky or Texas.
Mr. George loved Galveston and all it had to offer. He always wanted to be home for the holidays. He was a big fan of the Ball High Tor Football and Basketball teams. He started buying season football tickets during integration (his seats will be renewed this year) and hasn’t missed a season since 1967. Mr. George enjoyed taking students to high school games as a reward for good grades. Mr. George returned to Galveston five years ago and has enjoyed visits from friends and relatives. He was a great husband, father, and friend. He will be missed dearly.
George is preceded in death by his Father William White Sr. and Mother Bettie. He is also preceded in death by five siblings: Clarence Mosely, Mary Feggins, James White, William White Jr., and Howard White. He is survived by his wife Dr. Thelma J. White, son Anthony G. White, sister Vernal White, a special brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Georgia Robbins and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be a celebration of his life Friday, July 23, 2021 at West Point Baptist Church 3003 Avenue M in Galveston. Public visitation from 9:30am-11:00am with funeral services immediately following at 11:00 am. Pastor Kerry W. Tillmon officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
Pallbearers (George’s Nephews): Jimmy Feggins, Craig Feggins, Chris Feggins, Mark Feggins, Jay Taylor, Reginald Taylor, Jason White, and Larnell Mitchell. Honorary Pallbearers: A. Craig Eiland, Mike Hightower, Whitney Kirkland, Johnnie Quinine Jr. Greg Samford, Fred Sweeney, Brian Teichman, Kevin Teichman, The Gallant Men Social and Charity Club, Central High School Class of 1957.