After an amazing 100 years that included living and working in Ahoskie, fishing the Chowan River, quail hunting, being the largest tobacco stick maker in eastern NC, and a career in the lumber industry with Georgia Pacific, Charlie passed peacefully on September 25th in Raleigh.
Born in 1914 in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Sidney and Cassie White. At age 20, he began work in the lumber industry in Youngsville. He delivered the first load of lumber to begin the construction of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He moved with the mill in 1946 and spent the next 39 years living and working in Ahoskie with his first wife, the late Euna Davis White and their son.
In 1985, he married Louise Johnson White and moved to Knightdale. They celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in April of this year. For 29 years, Louise and her daughter, Judy Smith and her husband the late Johnnie Smith, plus church, social and community friends made Charlie’s life in Knightdale happy and enjoyable. His good fortune to have been married to two of the most wonderful, supportive, and loving wives in one lifetime contributed to his long and healthy life (Euna, 1942-1982; Louise, 1985-2014).
Charlie enjoyed the outdoors. In addition to hunting and fishing, he always planted a garden and maintained a beautiful yard. He loved his Clemson and Knightdale families. He made friends easily. He always had a joke or could tell a story. He was a Checker Champion, could out-fish the fishing booth at the State Fair, and excelled in overcoming personal challenges and life’s obstacles with his hope for tomorrow. Charlie inspired many with his works and his deeds.
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In addition to his wife, Louise of Knightdale and her daughter, Judy Smith, of Wendell, he is survived by a loving son, Charlie R. White, Jr. and wife, Judith Flowers White, Clemson, SC; two grandsons, Gregory R. White and Jason S. White (Angie), Clemson and two great granddaughters, Leah and Sydney, Clemson; sisters: Eva Horton, Raleigh and Emily Murphy (George), Youngsville; two brothers, Sidney White, Raleigh and Owen White, Clinton, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Euna Davis White of Ahoskie; by three sisters, Lucy Ray and Mattie Lindsey, Franklinton, Ruby Hall, Wake Forest two brothers, Foster White, Youngsville, and Booster White, Louisburg.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Sunday, September 28, 2014 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, 27545.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, September 29, 2014 at Knightdale Baptist Church, 15 Main Street, Knightdale. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, September 29, 2014 at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 2124 Oak Grove Church Road, Youngsville, NC 27596.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Knightdale Baptist Church FLC, P.O. Box 21, Knightdale, NC 27545 or to Oak Grove Baptist Church, P. O. Box 63, Youngsville, 27596.
Condolences to the family may be sent to poolefuneral.com under Obituaries.