William Riley “Bill” White

William Riley “Bill” White of Liberty City, Texas, was born June 15, 1930, in Houston, Mo., to Ethel Elizabeth Bridges and Carl Jahu White. Bill went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011.

He was a graduate of Houston High School and was co-captain of the football team.

Bill married Ann Jeanette Beard on June 30, 1950. To this union was born three sons and two daughters.

Bill and Jeanette moved to Texas in 1960 and opened a shoe store in Longview named “Uncle Bill’s Shoe Barn.” It was later known as “Dryer’s Shoe Store”. In 1976, Bill closed the shoe store and went to work for Brown and Root as a pipe fitter and retired January 1992. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Liberty City. After retirement, he became a golfing enthusiast. He enjoyed fishing with his longtime friend John P. Campbell, watching the Dallas Cowboys, woodworking and gardening.

Left to cherish Bill’s memories are his wife of 60 years, Jeanette White of Liberty City, Texas; his children, Wil White and spouse, Suzi, of Longview Texas, Don White and spouse, Mary, of Longview, Texas, Greg White and spouse, Vicky, of Longview, Texas, Patty Jesters and spouse, Mike of Kilgore, and Debbie Phillips of Longview, Texas. Bill had 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His siblings are Jack Jahu White of Houston, Paul Garner White of Coffeyville, Kan., and Bonnie Jo Miles of Rolla; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two half-brothers, Eugene Watson of Houston and Dick White of Stillwater, Okla.

Services were Jan. 31, 2011, at Lakeview Funeral Home of Longview, Texas. Pallbearers were Tyson Mabry, William Pugliese, Rob Holloway, James White, Nick White and Blake Jesters.

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