Willie ‘Willie’ White Jr. / March 21, 1951-Sept. 4, 2009

Published 8:49am Tuesday, September 8, 2009

William “Willie” White Jr., 58, of Dowagiac, passed away at his home on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009.

Willie’s life began on March 21, 1951, in Blytheville, Ark., son of William White and Lessie (Mathison) White-Williams.

He was a 1969 graduate of Dowagiac Union High School, where he excelled as an athlete.

Willie still holds the school record in the 100-yard dash and he was a state track and field champion.

He worked for the State of Michigan Department of Highways for several years and for Waste Management as a driver.

He was united in marriage to the former Marian Wise on May 17, 1975, in Benton Harbor.

Willie’s family includes: his wife, Marian White of Dowagiac; daughter, Lisa White of Lancaster, Pa.; son, William James “Jamie” (Catherine) White of Dowagiac; and his sister, Georgia (Iza) Roberts of Dowagiac.

Willie is preceded in death by his parents.

His family will gather with friends on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home, where his funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday led by Pastor Alvin Smith of Macedonia Church.

Willie will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the family in care of Marian.
Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Willie at www.mclauchlin-clark.com.

  • http://hotmail Joy Tharp

    Dear Marian, Please accept my sympathies for the passing of Willie. You were married a long time. Keep your chin up. Love from Joy

  • http://hotmail Joy Tharp

    I have moved to Pheonix, Az. I think Satan has a summer home here, it’s so hot. I think of you every once in a while and often dream of the nursing home. Let me know how you are. Love from Joy

  • David and Sheryl Johnson

    To the Family of Willie White,

    Sorry for the loss of Mr. White. He could really run fast! I remember when he would be in the state trucks and Mr. White would wave to people including me. He will be missed. God Bless You All.

    David H. Johnson

  • Doretha Wilson Ficklin

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family in your loss of a brother, a husband and a friend. Stay strong in the Lord and may He comfort you now and always.
    Kenneth, Doretha, Edgar and Clara Wilson

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