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March 21, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, March 21, 2014


Jake White

Genesis 1:26 states, “Let us make man in our image”

On February 25, 1937, a young man was born into this world. He will have courage and strong determination to work hard. He will be given a help mate, Helen Kennedy, to marry and raise their family. He will be a keeper of the land and mine coal out of the earth. After retiring from the mines he will do what he has always loved the most, a tiller of the land, a farmer. He will plant and harvest, cut hay and put it away, raise cattle in his fields, he will farm raise his family and grandchildren. Then one night at a hospital he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. This man of hard work, a husband, father, brother, Grandfather, this man was a true farmer.

Jake White, 77, of Hico, went to be with the Lord March 19, 2014. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church of Hico and was in the coal industry. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard Elliott and Mary Retta Strickland White and one sister: Shirley Flanagan.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years of marriage, Helen White of Hico; two brothers: Jeff White of Tennessee and Jack White and wife Virginia of Hico; one sister-n-law: Yvonne Bergelow of North Carolina. Also left to cherish his memory are two daughters: Debbie Critchley and husband Joe of Danese and Kim Coppa of Hico; four sons: Jake Jr. White and wife Alice, Steve White and wife Josette, Chris White and wife Joy and Mike White and wife Crystal all of Hico. He had 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for the care they gave in the time of need. A special thank you to Angie Butler and Pat Elswick.

Services will be on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Danny Legg officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the White Cemetery on Sunday Road in Hico.

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Wallace and Wallace of Ansted are in charge of arrangements.

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