Oscar Whitfield White, Jr.



Oscar Whitfield White, Jr., "Whit" passed peacefully on January 5, 2017, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He was born in Washington, DC, on January 1, 1935, to the late Oscar W. White, Sr. and Julia Nelson White.

Oscar was a graduate of Rosenwald High School, Warrenton, and a graduate of Virginia State College, Petersburg, Virginia. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1957, where he had assignments in Korea, Vietnam, Panama, and various posts in the United States. After leaving the military in 1973, Oscar and his family settled in Durham, North Carolina, where he joined the GTE Corporation as a Communications Supervisor. After retirement from GTE, he was employed by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Oscar enjoyed volunteering with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, and with the Duke Heart Center where he sought to comfort and encourage heart patients.

Oscar became a member of First Baptist Church, Warrenton at age eleven. He always enjoyed making the trip back home to greet and reminisce with his family and friends, and to attend and support church activities.

He was devoted to his family and was always involved with his children and their friends, advising them, diagnosing their car problems, encouraging them, and admonishing them when necessary. He loved people and was always engaging with them. He could not stand in a check-out line without striking up a conversation with the person in front of him. He was the accommodating "Mr. Fixit Handyman" of the neighborhood, always willing to share his time, his tools and his expertise. Oscar was also an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his prize veggies with his neighbors.

Oscar is survived by one daughter, Monique T. White, one son, Oscar W. White, III; one grandson, R. Whitfield White, one sister, Virginia A. White, a devoted friend and companion, Betty B. Rogers, and many other relatives and close friends. Oscar's wife, Ina Jones White, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at the First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton, VA 20186, with viewing at 1 PM and service at 2 PM.

Interment will be in Warrenton Cemetery, Warrenton, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that expressions of sympathy be directed to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 189, Warrenton, VA 20188.