The family of the Rev. James Buford 'Pete' White would like to announce that their wonderful husband, father, papa, Big Papa, Pastor, and friend went to be with His Lord on Sunday afternoon June 9, 2013, surrounded by his family and friends at his home. He was born June 26, 1927, in West Bay, to the late John Wesley and Mamie Lee Barton White. Papa White was a long time resident of Holmes County, serving both in the Army and National Guard. The entire family wishes to express their thankfulness and love for all who have been such strength to their family during this very difficult time. For all the prayers, labor, food, and visits our words are not adequate enough to tell you how grateful we are for all that you did. This great man leaves a Legacy of Labor in the Kingdom of God as a great Pastor, Minister and Friend. Many lives were forever changed because of the anointing that the Holy Spirit placed on this great Man of God.
In addition to his parents, Papa White was preceded in death by two brothers, John White Jr. and Rex White; one sister, Vela Crutchfield and one granddaughter, Tammy Melissa Slaughter.
Papa White is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Peggy Sylvia Bishop White of Westville; four daughters, Diane Slaughter and husband Kenneth of Westville, Fay Reeves and husband Tommy of Groves, Texas, Anita Morrell of Baker and Juanita Anderson and husband Harold of Bonifay; two sons, James M. White and wife Debbie of Westville and Robert White of Westville; one brother, Tommie White and wife Jeris of Thaxon, Miss.; four sisters, Mildred Gainey of Milton, Wilma Nelson of Milton, Elizabeth Griffin and husband Gene of Freeport and Inez Kent and husband Eddie of Columbus, Ohio. This wonderful Papa has nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Both Visitation and Home Going services were held at First Assembly of God in DeFuniak Springs. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. Home going service was on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. He was laid to rest at Corinth Church Cemetery in Westville, with Peel Funeral Home directing. He will be forever missed.