Services for LC White, 91, of Greenville, MS will be held Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. Graveside services will follow at Greenville Cemetery with Military Honors.
He died January 13, 2011 in Houston, TX. LC was born on June 26, 1919 in Kodak, Tenn. to Belva DeLozier White and Willis Clay White. He grew up in Seymour, Tenn.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 29, 1942 at Camp Forrest, TN and was stationed in California for pilot training where he was a student of Zeb Pruner, who had flown with Will Rogers and Wiley Post. LC served as pilot and co-pilot of “Little Joe”, the B-17 Flying Fortress, in the 95th Bomber Group stationed at Horham, England during World War II. He was known as “Ace” to his plane crew who daringly pioneered flying the B-17 by way of Goosebay, Labrador and Iceland on the way to England during the winter of 1943. Fortunately, he and his crew flew in Europe after the P51 Mustang was used to protect the B-17, and he and his crew returned safely. He continued to serve our country as an Air Force reservist for approximately 25 years, and afterwards, he became a Liaison Officer for the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.
During World War II at Greenville Air Force Base, he met Josephine Kersh, who would become his wife on July 5, 1945. They married in Leland, MS and were lovebirds for 64 years until Josephine died February 23, 2010.
After the war, LC studied forestry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He became President of the Mississippi Forestry Association. LC is recognized for his longstanding service to Delta Council and for his appointment by the Governor to chair and serve on the Mississippi Forestry Commission. He managed forests for Chicago Mill and Lumber Company in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas for approximately 30 years, after which he opened a forestry consulting business in Greenville, MS on Main Street where he and Josephine worked side by side.
Survivors include his son, Lyndon Clay White (Donna) of Cary, NC; daughters, Virginia White Stovall and husband Thomas of Houston, TX and Madeleine White Cunningham (Michael Lerner) of Oklahoma City, OK; granddaughters, Nicole Cunningham Baldwin (Justin) and Catherine Anne Cunningham, all of Oklahoma City, OK; grandsons, John Michael Stovall of Houston, TX and Luke Curtis Cunningham and wife Katie of Houston, TX; and three great-grandchildren, Finley Lucas Cunningham, Kate Virginia Baldwin; and Mallory Quinn Baldwin (born January 14, 2011) of Oklahoma City; his brother, Jimmy White (Norma Jean) of Maryville, TN, and his sisters Mildred Cruze (Ray) of Nashville, TN, Charlotte Kirkland of Knoxville, TN and Carolyn Stubblefield of Gastonia, SC.