Gerald R. White was born in Woodward, Oklahoma, Jan. 24, 1941, and died Saturday, July 30, 2016.
Gerald R. White was born in Woodward, Oklahoma, Jan. 24, 1941, and died Saturday, July 30, 2016. Born to Abe and Ethel (Hensley) White, the family moved to the Newalla area where Gerald attended school at Choctaw, Harrah and eventually graduated from McLoud High School in 1960. In high school he met his lifelong best friend, James Carpenter and the love of his life, Jacaquita Withrow. Gerald and Jacaquita married in Newalla, Aug. 16, 1964. They moved to Kileen, Texas while Gerald served in the U.S. Army. Gerald and Jacaquita returned to Oklahoma in 1965. Gerald went to work at Western Electric and attended college at Oscar Rose and Central State. In 1976 Gerald and Jacaquita moved to Newalla where they raised their three daughters and enjoyed their lives on Vernon Drive for more than 40 years. After retiring from Phillips Petroleum in 1999, Gerald had more time to enjoy coffee with his brothers, tend his ever-expanding garden, work at his church and most importantly—spend time with his grandbabies.
He loved serving in his church and attending Falls Creek every year.
Gerald never met a stranger and made an impact on everyone he met. He loved to laugh and enjoy life. Anyone who spent any time with him walked away with their very own “Jerry White Story.” His family is thankful for his exceptional caregivers, nurses, chaplains, and friends from Valir, Wolfe Living Center, and DaVita Rose Rock.
Gerald is proceeded in death by his parents, Abe and Ethel White of Newalla; his sister and her husband, Floretta and Leo Drew of Harrah; and his brother, Larry White of Shawnee.
He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Jacaquita White; daughter, Kimberly and her husband, Ray Eary of Choctaw; daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, Brad Karnes of Choctaw; daughter, Rebecca Colton of Midwest City; four grandchildren, Levi Karnes, William Eary, Ethan Karnes and Emily Eary.
Gerald also is survived by his brother, Marvin White and wife Sue of Midwest City; sister, JoAnn Fisher of Midwest City; sister, Linda and her husband Terry Canary of Midwest City; brother, Billy White and wife Jonita of Harrah; sister-in- law, Luetta White of Shawnee; and numerous nieces and nephews, church family and friends. Gerald adored his wife, his daughters and especially his grandchildren.
A celebration of Gerald’s life will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 2, at Nicoma Park First Baptist Church with interment to follow at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery, Newalla. To honor Gerald’s love of his church youth group, donations are being accepted in his name for the “Falls Creek” fund at Emmanuel Baptist Church in McLoud, 16901 Fishmarket Rd, McLoud, Oklahoma 74851.
Services are under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home of Oklahoma City.