George “Joe” L. White, Jr., 92, of Springfield, Massachusetts, departed this life on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 21, 1930, he was the oldest and last surviving of five children of the late George L. White, Sr., and the late Mary (Johnson) White, and of one child of the late George L. White, Sr., and the late Eva Lucendy F. White. Mr. White attended Philadelphia schools, and later, went on to graduate from high school.
TSgt. White served in the United States Air Force until retirement in 1972, and was a Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran, earning numerous awards and citations, including the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a member of the 8th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron (SAC). He also worked for and retired from the United States Postal Service. Mr. White was a sixty-five-year resident of Springfield, where he was a member, an ordained Deacon and Elder, and a Church Usher of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Presbyterian Church. George enjoyed golf and bowling and competed in the Massachusetts and National Senior Games.
Pre-deceased by his wife, Leah "Kitty" (Johnson) White and his siblings, Herbert Leroy White, Marie Mary White, Elizabeth Preston Parker, Clarence Edward White, and Roger Lee White, he is survived by a son, Bruce L. White (and his wife, Phyllis); a daughter, Joanne R. White; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The calling hour is 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at St. John’s Congregational Church, 45 Hancock Street, Springfield, Massachusetts, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Presbyterian Church building restoration fund. To make an online donation, visit www.mlkchurchma.org. Donations may also be mailed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 90174, Springfield, MA 01139.
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