James Anderson White Jr., or “Jim”, was born June 26, 1922 to Minnie Lewis and James A. White Sr. in Topeka, KS. Jim was the only son and the middle child of six siblings: Lyndell Hayes, Harriet White, Helen Holmes, Amelia White, Virginia Ray, and Mary Farr (whom have preceded him in death).
At the age of 20, Jim joined the United States Army. During World War II (1941-1945), he served in the 9th Cavalry Regiment in the Special Weapon division. Jim shared amazing stories about his experiences during the war and the places he traveled. The Army presented Jim with several honorary medals and awards for his service.
After World War II, Jim moved to Chicago and began working at the Wilson Meat Packing company. With his experience driving trucks during the war, Jim also had the opportunity to work for the Chicago Motor Coach, which is now known as the Chicago Transit Authority, for 25 years.
On September 18, 1948, Jim married the love of his life, Florida A. Jones. From their union, they had one son, Philip A. White. During their 70 years of marriage, Jim and Florida created timeless memories that included traveling to Las Vegas, attending the theatre, watching live band performances, dancing, and spending time with friends.
Jim had a special bond with his son. He always had Philip by his side from childhood to his last days. Together, they shared a love for sports, whether it was cheering on their favorite Chicago teams or attending Notre Dame football games.
During his retirement years, Jim was passionate about golf and an avid Tiger Woods fan. He enjoyed traveling with his golf buddies to their annual Florida golf trips. Jim loved spending time with his wife, family, and friends.
Jim was known for sharing stories and funny jokes. His contagious laughter kept everyone around him in good spirits. Jim truly loved life and spread happiness to everyone that crossed his path.
Jim leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Florida A. White, his son, Philip A. White (Michelle), granddaughter, Danielle A. Burks (Michael), and grandson, Philip A. White II, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends, and caregivers.
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