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Harry White, 95, of Burlington, died peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg.
Born on Aug. 27, 1922, in Burlington, he was a son of the late George H. and Laura (Shears) White. He also was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Paul R. "Rusty" Michael; three brothers, Jake White, Harry White Jr. and Madison White; and a sister, Mary Bisbing.
Mr. White was retired as an equipment operator and welder with the West Virginia Department of Highways. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was a life member of Nancy Hanks Post 3518, VFW, Keyser. He was a member of God's Word of Fellowship in Romney and the Operating Engineers Union. He loved his grandkids, country music, spending time with the "coffee gang" at McDonald's, and he was a frequent visitor to Keyser Subway, where he was known by name and what he ordered. He also was an avid woodworker.
Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Bessie "Betty" (Thomas) White; two daughters, Linda F. Simmons and husband, Dave, of Burlington, and Brenda M. White of Keyser; three grandchildren, Adam Paul Michael and former wife, Jenna, Abbie Lynn O'Connor and husband, Jason, and Jonathan W. Simmons; and five great-grandchildren, Marissa, Owen, Jasmin, Brice and Timothy. Also surviving are sisters-and brothers-in-law, Martha White of Charles Town, Vera Thomas and June and Raymond Brightwell, all of Sistersville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at Smith Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at 5 p.m. with Pastor Dave Simmons officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Graveside services will be conducted at Church Hill Cemetery, Burlington, on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at 2 p.m. Graveside military honors will be accorded by the W.Va. Army National Guard Honor Detail, Kingwood.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. White's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
Published on November 3, 2017
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