Services for Bob White, 84, of Tyler, are scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Pine Springs Baptist Church. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.
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Bob was born April 30, 1930, in Glen Station, Okla., to Larry Moore White and Viola Vivian Rarden. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leon White and Ross White; and his wife of 56 years, Norma Jean Larison White.
Bob grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Sperry High School in Sperry, Okla., in 1948 and worked in the family's dairy business. He joined the Tulsa Air National Guard in 1950 and the U.S. Air Force in 1951. His spirit of adventure enticed him to volunteer to serve at APO 81 without knowing the location. It turned out to be in Iceland for a one-year period. He thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the people and the language.
After returning to civilian life, Bob followed his parents to East Texas where he attended and graduated from Kilgore College and Baylor University. He met and married Norma Jean in 1955. After a short time in Carthage, the couple settled in Tyler, where Norma's family lived. Bob worked for a time at GE in Tyler and then decided to become his own boss and opened an office machines business. He was self-employed the rest of his career, owning several businesses.
When he was not being a businessman, Bob spent much of his time working on his home and property. He loved to farm and raise chickens and a few cows for a time. He also was very involved in their church, Pine Springs Baptist Church, as a longtime deacon, in the choir and as a Sunday school teacher.
Bob was one of the most sincere Christians and he walked with God at his side in every decision he made. His family is touched by every comment and remembrance by friends and family members about what a kind, patient, sincere and Christ-like man Bob was. His legacy will be long-lasting with the many lives he has touched through his journey here on earth.
Bob White loved and lived for his family who treasured every moment with their husband, dad and grandpa. He was so very proud of his three grandchildren, Dawson White, Sydney Viard and Annie Viard, and instilled in them all a love of the outdoors, family heritage, and most of all, his humor. There was always much laughter when those four got together. Bob learned to navigate Facebook and even text on his cell phone so he could keep up with them.
Bob is survived by his son, Lee White and wife Sherry; daughter, Paula White and son-in-law Murray Viard; his grandchildren; brothers, Bill White and Leonard White and wife Sherry; brother-in-law, Lloyd "Bo" Larison and wife Alberta; sister-in-law, Martha Larison; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Pine Springs Baptist Church, 2155 County Road 334, Tyler, 75706; or to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.
Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors
215 E. Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702-8123
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from July 23 to July 24, 2014