Jack D. White
1927 - 2012
Greenwood Funeral Homes-Greenwood Chapel
3100 White Settlement Rd.
Fort Worth, TX
Jack D. White, 85, passed away Monday, June 18, 2012. Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Memorials: Those desiring to honor Jack's memory may contribute to a TCU Journalism Department scholarship fund or a charity of choice. Jack was born Jan. 17, 1927, in San Angelo, moving to Fort Worth with his parents, John Nathan White and Billie Lorena Dumas White, shortly after his birth. Graduating from Carter-Riverside High School in 1944, he worked briefly for the Fort Worth Press covering high school sports under the legendary sports editor H.H. "Pop" Boone. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and while serving attended Stanford University in the ROTC program. Discharged in 1946, Jack entered Texas Christian University, graduating in 1949 with a B.A. in journalism and began an advertising career as copywriter and art director at Yates Advertising Agency. In 1954, he joined Witherspoon and Ridings Public Relations Agency, which later became Witherspoon and Associates, as the firm's first art director. During his 27 years with the agency he rose to vice president, executive art director, personnel manager and part owner. He specialized in design and photography. Although he had photographed the city since the 1950s, he began collecting Fort Worth photographs seriously in 1972 when Witherspoon was planning the 100th anniversary for one of its clients and he was in charge of acquiring copies of historical prints of Fort Worth. After the event he took care to preserve all the exhibit materials and during the next 20 years he reproduced other client's historical photographs and took hundreds of pictures to add to the collection. Jack retired from Witherspoon in 1981 and formed his own company, Jack White Enterprises, specializing in free-lance art and photography. In 1984, taking two partners, the firm's name changed to VJS Companies. In 1991, he again became a sole proprietor. Because of his interest in Fort Worth history, he spearheaded a group of local historians and launched an internet website, which he named "The Way We Were," to display and research old photos of the city. Another of Jack's interest has been the study of the John F. Kennedy assassination, serving as a photographic consultant to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Assassinations during its hearings, as well a consultant on the JFK film. He produced two videotapes on his photographic studies of the assassination and developed a slide lecture, while contributing his research to books and professional journals. Jack's collection of JFK assassination books and materials and his old Fort Worth photographs have been donated to UTA Library's Special Collections where they are accessible to those interested. Jack married the former Sue Benningfield in 1969 and in 1977 they were instrumental in reactivating their neighborhood home owners association. He served as president for several years. He painted many works of art which hang in private collections and adorn the walls of his modern home, as well as a large painting of the Fort Worth skyline on display at the Fort Worth Public Library. He was an avid TCU alumnus and until last year had not missed a home football or basketball game since 1946. He enjoyed yard work and raising tomatoes, which he happily supplied his friends. Survivors: Wife, Sue; cousins, Pat O'Neal of Fort Worth, Laura O'Neal Tauzel of Arlington, Larry O'Neal of Fort Worth, Nancy Robbins of Denton and Shirley Hurley of Haltom City; and a host of wonderful friends.
Published by Star-Telegram on Jun. 20, 2012.
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Thanks a lot, Jack, for that brief period of true mutual enthusiasm for history and historical facts. I really enjoyed our discussions, and observing your discussions with others about what REALLY happened. I know that you had a lot more planned, and that you really wanted to get on with it and take it as far as you could - but life intervened. Now you are able to look at the whole scope and see everything how it really is - I hope you find great enjoyment from that, although I know you also greatly enjoyed the process. Thanks again ... ART
Arthur Weinman, AIA
June 19, 2013
Jack, This is the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's assassination. It won't be the same without you there.
Your tireless work on photography regarding the assassination is a legacy that will continue. I am visualizing you looking down from heaven and ask you to inspire the researchers as they go forward. My prayer is that your family be comforted and that you feel all the love and caring people have for you and that you matter both to history and to me personally. "God" bless this good and faithful servant..
I am including this years memorial rememberance so it can be in your memorial book.

“JFK Memorial”
(To be read at the JFK Lancer Banquet.) (To be read on 11/22/13 in Dallas Texas)

We stand here today,
In reverence,
For a man who died,
And lived for Freedom.

Those of us blessed to be alive Remember,
His Youth, His Vigor, and his Dream…

He breached “The Cold War..”
Signed the “Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,”
And may indeed have saved us from
“The Holocaust”…

A half a Century later,
We stand Secure…

We must be careful though,
If our only cause to Peace is War…

Please Bow your Head;

“Oh Great Spirit,”

Look down upon this place with
“Justice,” “Mercy,” and “Love”..

Let us not forget “This Great Hero..”
See this Celebration as “Renewal.”

Allow “The Flame Of Camelot,”
To forever mark the cause of Peace “For all Mankind”..
Help us be ‘Peacemakers,”
So that compromise can Light the path for greater understanding…
Save our “Precious Nation” Lord,
To stand United for “the common good “all men deserve…

Most of all ,remind us that
The “Love We Share” can live Forever…

(Written 02/21/2013 4:33:03 PM. By Bob Cochran which is my greatest honor…)
Bob Cochran
June 18, 2013
Jack and Louise were so much a part of our happy times in Whisp. Pines. There were may golf games, trips to Florida, the mountains and bridge. He will be missed by many. My sympathy to Louise and all his family. Marjorie Heffner
December 17, 2012
Thanks for our many correspondences on JFK Research. Though we never met in the flesh, I really thought I knew Jack. A witty and clever man. A true gentleman.
Graeme Jones
July 15, 2012
Thanks Jack for all your contributions to our knowledge of the JFK assassination, the moon hoax and 9/11.
Morgan Reynolds
July 14, 2012
Here from England just wanted to say how much we loved and respected Jacks work he opened so many of our eyes to photo work and we saw a glimpse of the truth through his eyes. He sought the truth and we do to and carry on his work God Bless your memory Jack
July 12, 2012
Jack, you continue to ennoble all of us who, in your spirit and tradition, will pay any price to bring about justice in the wake of the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Please salute my president for me. And give a hug to George Michael, who no doubt already has given you a bear hug of welcome.
Charles Drago
July 11, 2012
R.I.P. Jack you were one of the first people to interest me in the photographic evidence in the JFK assassination. There is no one who can take your place. Good Bless You.
June 23, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
David Healy
June 23, 2012
Jack White will be sorely missd--he was a marvelous human being. If we had a few more like him, this country would be on quite a different track. My best wishes to Sue, whose life will now be full only of memories, but wonderful ones, I'm sure. I shall cherish the memory of Jack acting as guide to my two children and me in Dealey Plaza and then lunch at the Hyatt. David Mantik
June 22, 2012
Thank you Jack for all that you have done, and for all that you continue to inspire others to do. Yours is truly the example to follow. Condolences to the family and friends of Mr. White. May your grieving be gentle and your memories remain strong.
Zach Robertson
June 22, 2012
Jack White was a humble and modest human being who was also a great and honorable man. He was a comrade-in-arms who was willing to slug it out in the trenches, where many fear to go. He was steadfast and unflinching in his support, for which I shall always admire him. Even when we had a divergence in opinions, I always knew that I could count on him again--and again and again! He was like a brother to me--and I felt closer to him than to brothers of my own. I miss him more than words can say already, now, today.
Jim Fetzer
June 22, 2012
Sue - extending heartfelt sympathy on your loss. Jack was one swell guy - friendly, always helpful, a man of many talents, and much appreciated for all his work to keep the spirit of Fort Worth alive.
Sincerely, Joyce and John Popham
Bedford, Texas
June 22, 2012
June 22,2012
Jack, your hard work for truth impacted thousands, including myself.
Thank you so much and please watch over us as we continue to press for full disclosure in the Kennedy execution.
Denise Tatum
June 22, 2012
Jack White was an indispensible resource in the JFK assassination research community. He also produced important work on subjects like 9/11 and the Apollo program. I considered it a great honor to be able to communicate with him regularly on internet forums. My deep condolences to his family- he will be greatly missed and his contributions to JFK assassination research and other subjects will live on long after him.
Don Jeffries
June 22, 2012
Sue, we and Jack and you have had some wonderful times together. We will miss him very much, but trust that the wonderful memories you have shared with him and these amazing tributes from across the globe will provide you strength when those lonely days come. The Memorial Service today should be a source of pride for you as you saw how so many respected and admired Jack. We look forward to being with you in the coming days as you continue his great legacy. Love, Morris and Kathryn
June 21, 2012
Jack White was a generous and supportive scholar, researcher, and photographer. He will be very much missed by those whose lives he touched. My deepest sympathies to Jack's family.
David Andrews
June 21, 2012
Rest in peace cousin Jack. All of tbe work you have done for Ft. Worth in keeping our past alive will hopefully live on forever.
shirley hurley
June 21, 2012
Just knowing Jack over the computer, with JFK research, He was really a man who showed class and humanity. A real kind of fella. My thoughts are with his family. Rip Jack....Robert Newell, Rhode Island
June 21, 2012
Sue, you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Marilyn and I always enjoyed the times we were together. What he has left will provide great pleasures to those who follow.
David Hagan
June 21, 2012
To have Jack as a friend was special!!He was so good to send pictures of TCU "the way it was"that so many of us remembered and loved!! Jack will be missed but not forgotten!! Bless you Sue, for taking good care of Jack through his illness.
Paul & Pat Vinsant
June 21, 2012
Jack--you were a great inspiration and a very good friend. I will miss you. The JFK research community owes you a debt that can never be repaid, such was the magnitude of your contribution. You fought the good fight, my friend. Now it's your turn to RIP.
Greg Burnham
June 21, 2012
Jack was one of the first to welcome me to the JFK research community. He was always generous with his time and his vast collection. Many times his participation at our conference or forum became a celebrity event as he was so popular around the world. In 1996, Jack was among the first to be awarded the JFK Lancer-Mary Ferrell "New Frontier" Award: "In appreciation for your contribution of new evidence and furthering the study of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy." We were very pleased to recognize Jack who we felt made such an impact on how the history of the assassination will be viewed for all time. God Bless you Jack and my condolences to your family.
Debra Conway
June 21, 2012
Without having known the gentleman personally, I wanted to add my thoughts to these others out of respect for the monumental accomplishments of Jack White in his photo collection and website.

I have been on his website for countless hours and still have not viewed more than a fraction of his lovingly assembled historic shots of Fort Worth "as was".

Mr. White will be missed as we miss Old Fort Worth.
Larry Sams
June 21, 2012
Thank you, Jack, for the sterling work you did. I hope you have now confirmed what you said all along. Our thoughts are with your family R.I.P

Ray Mitcham, Southport, U.K.
June 21, 2012
Jack White will be missed in White Lake Hills. He was dedicated to making his neighborhood the best place. He certainly will leave a wonderful legacy and record of Fort Worth in his photos. May God Bless you Sue and your family. We embrace you Sue and know that Jack was loved and respected.
Truman & Peggy Terrell
June 21, 2012
So sad to hear about Jack's passing, my thoughts and prayers and with Sue and his entire family.
Cathy Coe
June 21, 2012
A true gentleman and friend to all who really knew him. He and his work will be greatly missed. An intellect and ethic way above the norm. Sue, Karen and I are praying for you.
J. Gary Shaw
June 21, 2012
Well done Jack.
"The deeds men do live after them"

Harry J. Dean
Harry Dean
June 21, 2012
Goodbye, Jack:

Thank you for your many contributions to unearthing the truth underpinning the assassination of President Kennedy.

We will miss you.
Allan Eaglesham
June 21, 2012
Very saddened to hear of his passing, He never stopped fighting to find out the truth of what really happened on november 22nd 1963, he was one of the first people that inspired me to become interested in the death of jfk. many condolences to his wife,Farewell mr white May you rest in peace.
Michael Ahern
June 21, 2012
We honor our friend and associate for his work, his bravery and his ongoing search for the truth, we shall miss him so very much.thankyou friend, and thankyou Sue for sharing him, with deep sympathy and wonderful memories, sincerely Bernice.
June 21, 2012
Jack was such a unique person who really loved Fort Worth and White Lake Hills. He was instrumental in keeping the White Lake Hills Neighborhood Association growing and vital. We'll always be very thankful for his talents and dedication to the "Fort Worth way of life."
Don Campbell, Jr
June 21, 2012
My heartfelt condolences to Sue, and Jack's family, at this sad time. Jack was a great teacher, and mentor to many students of the research community. His voice may be stilled, but his work is the legacy that will be carried on, in his memory.
Theresa Mauro
June 21, 2012
I learned so much about so many things working with Jack in his The Way We Were projects. It was always a pleasure to see how quickly he could put brief histories and stories together for the site. He was, and will remain a treasure chest of knowledge for all he did to make the area residents more aware of Fort Worth. Sue, Carol and my prayers are with you and all of Jack's families and friends in the loss of such an interesting man.
Don Peacock
June 20, 2012
Jack was a good man and his memory will always be a source of inspiration for my collecting old Fort Worth history.
Bill Trotter
June 20, 2012
Thanks so much for your leadership in maintaining interest in local history. The tomatoes were a wonderful 'extra'. My sincere condolences to Sue. Dalton Hoffman
June 20, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you "Jack". I will be vigilant in lifting up your family in prayers. I will miss our talks together.. You have made a lasting impression on so many you leave behind.. "God Bless "
Bob Cochran
June 20, 2012
It was always a joy to read about Jack's latest tribute to Fort Worth and TCU. He gave so much of himself, his art and his photos, and he did it with real grace and love. From our TCU days in Journalism to last October's barbeque lunch in his amazing home with Sue. Betty Charles Hammack McCann and Frank Burkett, our friendship was long lasting and precious to me. There simply was no one to compare with Jack White and he will be so missed. Love to you, Sue.
Norma Jean Sweet Raymond
June 20, 2012
Jack was an extremely intelligent, articulate, and dedicated spokesman for truth. He will be missed, but his memory and contributions will live on.

Brad Kizzia, Dallas, Texas
June 20, 2012
Jack, thank you so much for all you have done over the years for the JFK research community, and all of the other things you were involved in. You will be sadly missed by all who knew you, and those you have helped over the years. Rest in peace my friend.
Michael Smith
June 20, 2012
Sue, it was a priviledge to know Jack as he spent hours going through his papers on President Kennedy. I will be praying for you in the difficult days ahead. Ben Rogers, Baylor University
Ben Rogers
June 20, 2012

You have left behind a huge legacy and archive of the town you loved so much much, Fort Worth. It was an honor to be part of your Fort Worth "The Way We Were" group and website. You have been missed for a very very long time..Thank you Jack for a remarkable website and history of Fort Worth.

To Jack's family, my deepest condolences.
Donna Donnell
June 20, 2012
Jack was most instrumental in my career -- and in my life. I have, and always will remember him for his tenacity for excellence and his kindness to me. A real pro. A real friend. A true "one-of-a-kind." We will miss him.

Sue, our prayers are with you.
John & Jeanie Ott
June 20, 2012
I shall truly miss you, my dear friend. TCU and our journalism days together will remain forever in my memory. I am truly grateful that we stayed in contact all these years. Sue, please accept my sincere condolences.
Betty Charles McCann
June 20, 2012
jack , you will be missed by all of fort worth , you inspired many of us that have the love and desire to preserve the history of fort worth . thanks for all you did, your work will always live on !
larry oneal
June 20, 2012
I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of Jack White. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a few JFK conferences. He made many significant contributions to the photographic record and our understanding of key issues in the JFK assassination. My condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him.
Joseph Backes
June 20, 2012
You were a good man and will be greatly missed.Thanks for all you did.
Kathy Becket
June 20, 2012
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