March 06, 2007
Rev. James L White, 76 of DeBary Florida died on March 6, 2007 as the result of pneumonia following treatment for cancer. He was a retired Methodist Minister from New York. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 142 East Jackson Street with Rev. Rodney C. Wallace officiating. Rev. (Jim) White and his wife Dorothy of 53 years, attended the First United Methodist Church of Orlando regularly and enjoyed Bach Festival Society concerts in Winter Park. Besides love of music and family, Jim enjoyed working part-time at a number of local businesses. He and his wife moved to DeBary in 1997 from Plainfield New Jersey. Jim White was born in Wilson North Carolina in 1930 to the late Eugene and Verna White. In addition to his wife Dorothy he is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law Donald White of Deltona Florida, Douglas and Carol White of Ramsey New Jersey, Dennis and Lynn White of Gaithersburg Maryland, Dale and Debra White of South Easton Massachusetts, and was predeceased by one son Andrew (Duncan) White of Tampa Florida who died in 1996. Jim White leaves nine loving grandchildren Michael 21, Jordan 21, Allison 20, Courtney 19, Casey 18, Shannon 15, Joshua 13, Amanda 11, and Timothy 7, one great granddaughter Mia 1. He also is survived by four siblings Rev Eugene (Mac) White of Ocala Florida, Lynnette Babbitt of Somerset Massachusetts, Jewel Miller of Brighton Colorado, Ainsley Snell of Marston Mills Massachusetts. Jim White's family moved from North Carolina to Taunton Massachusetts in 1933. He was educated at Boston University, receiving an A.B. Degree from the College of Liberal Arts and a Masters of Divinity from the School of Theology. He met his wife Dorothy in 1951 while serving as an assistant minister at Central UMC in Brockton Massachusetts where they also married. Jim was ordained by the United Methodist Church and served in the New England Southern Conference as pastor to East Braintree Massachusetts, Thompsonville and Danielson Connecticut before moving to the New York Conference as Director of Youth Work on the Conference Board of Education in 1960. As Director of Youth Work he also served as camp director at camp Quinipet on Shelter Island until 1964 when he was appointed to Simpson UMC in Amityville New York. In 1968 he was appointed associate pastor to Memorial UMC of White Plains New York where he served until his appointment to pastor at Floral Park UMC in 1972. In 1978 he served as chaplain and later general manager at Bethel Springvale Inn and assistant director of the Bethel Methodist Homes in Croton-on-Hudson/Ossining, New York. He was elected to the Lakeland School Board Shrub Oak, New York. In 1983 he was appointed administrator of Friendly Acres retirement home in Newton Kansas and served there until returning east. Prior to retiring in 1997, Jim returned to his roots as loving pastor serving in Gardnertown, Saint James, and Bronx: City Island in New York. Final committal will take place in Dighton Massachusetts at 2:00 PM March 31 at the Dighton Community Church, 2036 Elm Street. In honor of Rev. James L. White memorials may be directed to the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, 1000 Holt Avenue, Box 2763 Winter Park, FL 32786 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.