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Wayne Rodger White

Obituary

Funeral services for Wayne Rodger White are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Mineola, with Dr. Mark Neeley officiating. Pallbearers are Don Phillips, Harold Phillips, Jerry Phillips, Thomas Williams, Charles Douglas, Jimmy Moats, Gaylor Oxford and John Jackson. Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mineola. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Beaty Funeral Home, Mineola, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wayne, age 76, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Mineola. He was born on Oct. 21, 1936, in Wolfe City to the late Lowell Wayne and Lila Mozel (Scarborough) White. The family moved to Mineola when his father became a conductor for the Texas & Pacific Railway Co. He played basketball, football, tennis and ran track at Mineola High School. He represented MHS at the state track meet in the mile and the sprint relay. He graduated in 1955.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at East Texas State College, a master's degree in geography from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon at Eugene in geography. During his student days he developed a love of teaching geography courses, which continued throughout his career.
He married Levon Goolsby on April 5, 1958, in Quitman. They lived in Commerce, Lubbock, Austin, Richmond, Ky., and Monmouth, Ore.
The Whites were members of Central Baptist Church in Monmouth.
Mr. White was a professor of geography at Eastern Kentucky University at Richmond and Western Oregon University in Monmouth from 1964 to 1997. He also taught computer programming for several years. He was a member of several state and national geographic organizations. Mr. White had worked with the National Geographic Institute. He co-authored and edited several geography textbooks, including "Culture, Resource, and Economic Activity," an introduction to economic geography.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Nona White and Sharon White Neely.
He is survived by his wife, Levon, of Mineola and Monmouth, Ore.; his daughter, Shandra Harris, of Bend, Ore.; his son, Wayne Rodgers White II, of Monmouth, Ore.; two grandsons, Andrew Harris and Michael Harris, of Bend, Ore.; a sister and brother-in-law, Dona Usry (Milton) of Pensacola, Fla.; brother-in-law, Don Neely and wife Silvia, of Alexandria, La.; brother-in-law, Leo Goolsby and wife Martinette, of Lubbock; sister-in-law and husband, Linda Berry and Ben of Ladonia; sister-in-law, LaNell Goolsby, of Tyler; brother-in-law and wife, J.D. Goolsby and Judy of Hinton, Alberta, Canada; an uncle, Twyman White; an aunt, Sue White; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
As an educator, friend and family and church member he influenced many lives. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to or to the First Baptist Church.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Sept. 20, 2013
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