Jessie White, age 68, of Dixon Springs, died at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, where he was admitted on July 2 to the Intensive Care Unit while being treated for myelofibrosis with which he was diagnosed in February 2013. He died at 3:55 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 with his wife and grandson at his bedside.
Eld. Stephen Brooks and Eld. Rickey Hall officiated at the funeral services on Friday, July 7, from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.
One of six children, he was born Jessie Lee White in Hartsville on Jan. 26, 1949 and was the son of the late Walter McMillan White and Effie Evell Gammons White.
Two brothers, Jackie White and David White, preceded him in death.
Mr. White was saved at the Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church under the preaching of the late Eld. Doug Curtis on Oct. 6, 1974 and he attended the Hogans Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
He was united in marriage to New Middleton native, the former Betty Faye Shoemake, at the Hogans Creek Missionary Baptist Church by Eld. Stephen Farley Brooks on Feb. 25, 1983.
He was a supervisor at the Genesse Auto Parts Manufacturing Plant at the Eastgate Industrial Park in Lebanon.
Mr. White proudly served our country with the United States Army during the Vietnam War, having been inducted on March 13, 1969, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant at Fort Lewis, Wash., on Oct. 14, 1970.
He served in Vietnam for 11 months and 20 days with the 4th Battalion, 42nd Artillery 4th Infantry Division, where he was a Tactical Communications Chief.
For his meritorious service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cambodia Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Medal with 2 Overseas Bars and the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Expert M-14 badge.
Mr. White also enjoyed clogging and square dancing and had performed at the Grand Ole Opry as a member of Ralph Sloan’s Tennessee Travelers.
Surviving in addition to his wife of over 34 years are two children, Tammy Swindle of Westmoreland, Susan (Rodney) Case of Royalston, Mass.; three sisters, Eva Wilson of Bethpage, Robbie (James) Humes, Esther (Woody) Crook, all of Hartsville; five grandchildren, Tiffany & Ashley Swindle, both of Westmoreland, Cody Smith of Dixon Springs, Shelby Smith of South Carthage, Hannah Case of Royalston, Mass.; great-grandson, Bradley Smith.
The family requests memorials to the Hogans Creek Missionary Baptist Church.