Holden W. White
Funeral services for Holden W. White, 83, Lawrence will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. He died Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Holden was born December 27, 1930 in Grainville, MO the son of Benjamin W. and Nola C. (Gaddy) White.
Holden was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, driving through parks, skiing, and swimming. He loved all animals.
He married Betty L. Berridge on March 30, 1952 in Springfield, MO. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his children, Robert E. White and wife, Cathy, Pamella S. Branning, Barbara Ann Crosthwait and husband, Buddy, Edward A. White; eleven grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; and one sister, Marlene Barnette. He was preceded in death by one sister; and five brothers.
The family will greet friends from noon – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday.
The family suggests memorial contributions in his name to the Prairie Park Nature Center and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Whitey will be remembered by all with fond memories. He was always a joy to be around and would great you with a smile and if you know him long enough, you quickly had a nickname! We spent many hours chasing those “Long Tails” as he would call the Redneck Pheasant and Quail. Above all he loved to fish and get out to the lake to just be on the water. If you wanted to find him, he was at the lake.
Even at 70 he was still waterskiing with the group from Nitto Denko and loved to get out and be around people and kids.
Above all, he loved his God and held true to his faith. It was a pleasure knowing such a fine man. Our prayers are with you in our time of loss and his time of rejoicing.
To My Father
May you be in a place of peace and tranquility. Floating on the eternal lakes of heaven, knowing you will forever be in our hearts.
Spirits live on and can never be truly gone. A gift that we all carry with us from this day forward.
Your loving Son Edward
Grampa you will be missed dearly. You taught me(Chris)how to ski, and more importantly, fish and hunt. The importance of self reliance. For this, I’m eternally greatful. My newly started family will never go without because of the skills you taught me. Your laugh, your smile, your kindness, and your ability to handle tough and stressful situations is a guide in my life. It is the with the utmost respect and honesty that I say you shaped the man I am today. For what little time my wife and child knew you, you should know that their lives where forever changed. I love you and will miss you tremendously.
To the white family, I’m truly sorry for your loss. I worked with whitey for 7 year’s in the 80s. He was one of the best men I have met. I never heard him speak a bad word of anyone. He loved to Quail hunt the outdoors and his German Shorthair. He was the best bass fisherman I have ever met.I skied with whitey on Clinton many times and fished both Lonestar and Clinton with him. His wife Betty was his best friend and he truly loved her. I truly hope there is fishing and hunting in heaven.
I miss you very much….I love you so much Dad