John Bernard WHITE Sr.

WHITE, Sr., John Bernard

John Bernard White, Sr., age 77, of North Palm Beach, Florida departed this life in the early morning hours of January 20, 2014. Mr. White graduated from Miami Jackson High School in 1955 and then attended the University of Miami where he earned his BBA, MBA, and JD. After graduating from the University of Miami with accounting and law degrees, Mr. White attended New York University and earned his LLM. He was recruited by Shutts & Bowen Law Firm, one of Miami's oldest law firms, shortly before graduating from NYU and practiced law with the Firm for the next 40 years. Mr. White became a partner early in his career with Shutts & Bowen and eventually became a managing partner and opened the Firm's first branch office in West Palm Beach, Florida. After retiring from Shutts & Bowen and up until his passing, Mr. White continued to practice law and served as legal counsel to the three (3) Florida State Offices of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) as well as many independent churches throughout the State of Florida. He was a member of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) and served as a Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Choir Director and Council member in many of their local Churches in South Florida. Mr. White was preceded in death by his father, Reverend Porter M. White, a missionary and pastor for the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee); his mother, Margaret Mizpah White (Roberts), daughter of a Bahamian "Mailboat" Captain; and his sister, Mira Diane White. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Jeanette (Ogle) White; 3 Sons, John B. (Marilu) White, Jr., Scott (Chris) White; and David (Monica) White; Grandsons, Anthony, Brandon, Brian and Bruce White, all of North Palm Beach, Florida; Sisters, Peggy (Bill) White of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Debbie Norman of Orlando, Florida; and Brothers, James (Sharyn) White of Palm Springs, Florida and David White of St. Petersburg, Florida, many Nieces and Nephews. A Memorial Service will be held for Mr. White on February 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Cross Community Church, 2575 Lone Pine Road, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33420. The Rev. Bill P. White. Mr. White's brother-in-law, of Ketchikan, Alaska will be officiating. A public viewing will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm immediately preceding the Memorial Service. A Graveside Service will follow the Memorial Service with internment at Boynton Beach Memorial Park, 1611 South Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33435. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to assist with the substantial medical expenses incurred during Mr. White's lengthy hospitalization prior to his passing. Contributions can be made to John B. White, P.A. and mailed to P.O. Box 30084, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33420. Please call 561-247-4450 for additional information.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2014