Cecil Loren White, 82, son of Jim and Goldie White, was born Aug. 5, 1922, at Simmons. He died Jan. 15, 2005, at his home at Mountain Grove.He grew up in the Simmons and Houston area, where he spent many hours fishing and camping on the banks of the Piney River.He attended country schools and Houston.He entered the U.S. Army Dec. 30, 1942, serving in the European Theatre during World War II. He was awarded several medals including the French Jubilee Medal. He saw combat in five major battles at Normandy, France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. It was there that he suffered frostbite to his feet and legs and knew great pain most of his life, especially as he became older.He married Pauline Thelma Bridges May 25, 1945. They had two sons and raised their family on an acre of land south of Cabool.Mr. White was a mechanic at Honeycutt Chevrolet in Cabool for many years. He was a deacon of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Cabool for 35 years.The Whites moved to Mountain Grove in 2002 and attended Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church as his health permitted.He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gloria White; and brother, Darrell Keith White.Surviving are his wife of 60 years; two sons, Danny White and Bobby White of Springfield; sister, Freda Spears of Lee’s Summit; two brothers, Jack White and Gary White of Springfield; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.Services were Jan. 18 at the First Christian Church in Cabool with the Rev. Glenn Murray and the Rev. Ronnie Turner officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. “

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