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Elmer Ellsworth White Jr.

1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences


Elmer White, 90, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2014 at his home on Perdido Bay. He was born June 25, 1923 in Pensacola, Florida. Elmer graduated from Pensacola High School and attended the University of Florida. He married the love of his life, Thelma Dillon Cosson, on June 3, 1944 in Pensacola.

Elmer was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, sisters Mary Catherine Smith, Alma Fields, and Clara Chew, brothers Herbert, Henry, and Edward White, and his parents, Elmer and Clara White.

He is survived by son Elmer White and wife Mary Jean of Birmingham, Alabama, daughter Karen Hargrove of Pensacola, sister Margie Zoellner of Pensacola, grandson Jason H. Hargrove of Pensacola, granddaughters Mary Christine White of Atlanta and Ashley Biggert (Joseph) of Franklin, Tennessee, great-grandchildren Jason S. Hargrove, , Audrey Bell Biggert and Elliott Biggert, and a host of other relatives.

Elmer served his country as an Army Infantryman during World War II earning, among other metals, the Bronze Star for his service during the Battle of the Bulge. Once the war ended, he returned to Pensacola to work for Agrico Chemical Company, where he held various positions over a 42-year career.

Following Elmer's retirement, he and Thelma spent their time enjoying each other's company, camping with loved ones, and spending cherished time with family. After Thelma's death, Elmer particularly enjoyed daily visits with his siblings at their "Coffee Club," and Christmas with his family in Birmingham. In 2011, he was honored by being selected to take an Honor Flight to see the World War II and other memorials in our nation's capital.

Elmer was a baptized member of the Episcopal Church and attended Myrtle Grove Baptist Church most of his life. Visitation will be Monday January 20, 2014 from 5 until 7 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home 619 New Warrington Road. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday January 21 at 1:00pm at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with the Burial to follow at Barrancas National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 19, 2014
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