Donald Ray White, Sr. met Jesus with open arms on January 6, 2021 at the age of 78.
Don was born in Columbia, TN to John Ed White and Tina White on December 19, 1942. He is preceded in death by his father and his mother. He is survived by his wife, Linda White; son, Donald Ray White, Jr (Shawn), daughter, Lichelle Leonard (Chris), son, Dwayne White (Allison), son, Daniel White (Angie), daughter, Lisa Moore, daughter, Lizabeth Cruz (Mike), daughter, Lydia Nobles (Matt); 11 grandchildren: Dyllan White, Haley Griffin (Jason), Cameron Leonard, Lauren Leonard, Hayden White, Peyton White, Ethan White, Zachary Cruz, Nicholas Cruz, JJ Cruz, and Calum Nobles; his great-granddaughter Mia White; brothers, John White, Eugene White; and his sisters Deanna Hayes and Judy White.
After graduating from Central High School, Murfreesboro, TN in 1960, Don went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University, a Bachelors Degree in Theology from Tennessee Temple University, and a Masters Degree in Divinity from Tennessee Temple Theological Seminary.
Don served our great country in the United States Air Force. He married his sweetheart on September 5, 1964, and they just celebrated their 56th anniversary.
Don served the Lord in full-time Christian ministry for 45 years. His ministry included churches in Tennessee, Ohio, and Illinois, where he pastored Jordan Baptist Church for 10 years. After pastoring a church in Hendersonville, TN, Don was called to be an Associate Pastor and Business Administrator of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL from 1990-2003. He was also a professor at Trinity Baptist College. In 2003, Don began a ministry to assist churches with their finances, Christian Stewardship Ministries and sole-proprietor of White’s Tax Services.
Don was a faithful husband, loving father, playful grandfather, and humorous man. Don’s legacy includes his steadfast service to God, his family, and the people he came in contact. He never met a stranger (that may have been because of Linda being so outgoing). He absolutely loved to preach. If he wasn’t preaching in a pulpit, he was preaching to his kids or grandkids. Don was passionate about the Bible, and loved praying with Linda every morning. Ultimately, Don had a passion and strong desire for a revival to occur in churches in efforts to witness more lost souls commit their lives to Christ.
Don was a Patriot. He loved his country. He would stop to talk to any person in military uniform…may even stop and salute. He was very proud of his son-in-law Chris for serving in the United Sates Navy and his daughter and husband, Mike & Lizabeth Cruz for serving in the United States Air Force. Don was very patriotic and wanted to see our country be a strong “Nation under God.”
Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 11:00-1:00 PM, and Don’s Celebration of Life service will follow at 1:00 PM at Franklin Road Baptist Church. Graveside service will be for family and close friends at Roselawn Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. An online guestbook is available at www.woodfinchapel.com.
For many years, Don was friends with and ministered to Pastor Byron and Tricia Sarracino, at Mt, Taylor Baptist Church, missionaries to the Pueblo Indians. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Mt. Taylor Baptist Church, P.O. Box 207, Grants, New Mexico, 87038.