He is survived two daughters Joyce White Adams and Julia White Fuselier, one son David White and wife Linda, one step-daughter Linda Sweeten and husband Troy, two step-sons Carl Anderson and wife Evelena and Billy Anderson and wife Linda, eight grandchildren Barbara Amelunke-Varner, Evan Cooper, Mellisa Jones, Robert Merriman, Jonathan Merriman, Mark Merriman, Eric Fuselier and Blake Fuselier, 17 great-grandchildren Maysie Amelunke, Bridget Varner, Felice Summerall, Allison Cooper, Kelly Cooper, Weston Cooper, Kira Jones, Kiya Jones, Hailey Merriman, Vanessa Merriman, Madison Merriman, Jonas Merriman, Olivia Merriman, Ezra Merriman, Clara Fuselier, Wes Fuselier and Annelise Fuselier, four step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Julia White, first wife Maysil F. Whit, second wife Eddie White, daughter Janice White Merriman, great-grandchildren Alexander Merriman, Mason Merriman and Hayden Fuselier, sisters Patricia W. Geddes, Nelletta W. Byrd and Julia W. Taylor.
He was a member of Mosholatubbee Lodge in Cameron and an elder in the Latter-Day Saints church. James served 21 in in the United States Navy and 16 years as chief engineer for KSIW Radio.
Funeral services will be 9 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2021, at the Grace Memorial Chapel in Poteau.
Pallbearers will be Evan Cooper, Robert Merriman, Jonathan Merriman, Mark Merriman, Eric Fuselier and Blake Fuselier. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonas Merriman, Ezra Merriman and Wes Fuselier.
Burial will follow in the Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Grace Funeral Services of Poteau. Viewing will be from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2021, with the family visiting with friends from 5-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association
or by calling (800) 272-3900 or the American Heart Association
or by calling (800) 242-8721.
To sign Mr. White's online guest book, please visit www.gracemanorfh.com.