Longtime Rome Community businessman, Mr. Gary White, died at 1:03 a.m. Sunday morning May 9, 2021 at his Lebanon Highway home with his family at his bedside. He was under the special care of Avalon Hospice of Lebanon. Mr. White had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer in October of 2020. He was 75.
Two of Mr. White’s former ministers, Stan Stevenson and Freddie Clayton, officiated the 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon May 11th funeral services from the Rome Church of Christ. Burial followed near his parents in the Wilson County Memorial Park.
The only child, he was born Gary Earl White on June 18, 1945 and was the son of the late John Earl White who died December 1, 1964 at the age of 56 and Ivey Lucille Lawrence White who died July 28, 1967 at the age of 52.
Mr. White was a 1963 graduate of Smith County High School where he served on the “Owls” football team all four years and was co-captain both his junior and senior years, was a member of the “C” Club and also served as class president both his junior and senior year.
He was selected by his class mates as Mr. S.C.H.S. and it was said of him in his annual that he was polite, neat and charming.
While at S.C.H.S. he was a member of the student council, Spanish Club, and Black and Gold Staff all his senior year.
He followed in his father’s footsteps operating the then Earl White Service Station in the Rome Community and after his Father’s death, the name was later changed to the Gary White Service Station. Before his retirement in 2002 and turning the reins over to his son Stacy, he had operated the business for over forty-four years.
Mr. White was a member of the Rome Church of Christ, serving as church treasurer for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Jimmie Faye Woodard White; their two sons, Tim White and wife Kim of South Carthage, Stacy White and wife Genia Massey White of the Rome Community; six grandchildren, Daniel White of Mount Juliet, Ashley White of the Rome Community, Brittany White and Dr. Meagan Smith and husband Brian all of South Carthage, Matt White and wife Lynsey of Carthage, and Gary Allen White and wife Alexis of the Hiwassee Community; one great-grandchild, Haley White McDonald of South Carthage.
The White family requests memorials to the Rome Church of Christ.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Sanderson of Carthage