Ira Spike White VIRGINIA BEACH - Ira Spike White, 79, passed away Sept. 6, 2009, in Norfolk. He was born in Norfolk and resided in Lake Shores in Virginia Beach for more than 50 years. He was a member of Bayside Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake Athletic Club, Norfolk Sports Club, and the Norfolk Host Lions Club. When he turned 18, he began serving in the Navy for the next eight years. He was the son of the late James Robert and Mae Brothers White. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Reid White, whom he cherished for 54 years; two daughters, Theresa White Dunstan and husband Mike, Melissa White Ludwick and husband Earl, all of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren, Nichole Dunstan, Jessica Castellanos and husband Leo, Katie Dunstan, Michelle Dunstan and William Ludwick IV, all of Virginia Beach; brother, Robert James White of Norfolk; two nieces, Mary Belle White and Robin White. He was an avid sports fan who participated in all sports at an early age. He had the dream job of owning and operating the Diamond Club Restaurant at Met Baseball Park, where he built a lifetime of friendships he treasured dearly. It was here that he reportedly received the first ABC license for an outdoor sports arena in Virginia. In his earlier years, he was affiliated with the Chesapeake Casino and the Nassau Inn. He most recently worked at Fulton Bank where he thoroughly enjoyed the company of his coworkers and considered them his good friends. The immediate family wants to extend a thank you to all of their family and friends for being so close to them during their most difficult time. Spike always made his loved ones a priority, whether it was living on the family compound or being there for anyone who needed him. He would be so proud and honored to know his family was well taken care of just as he had done for them all his life. It will be through all of us that his legacy will continue. He taught us well. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. in Bayside Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. George Fitzgerald and the Rev. Dr. Richard Keever followed by a reception in the church social hall. Inurnment will be in Bayside Presbyterian Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bayside Presbyterian Church, 1400 Ewell Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Hollomon-Brown Funeral, Home Bayside Chapel, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.
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Published in The Virginian Pilot from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, 2009