Obituary for John White Sr.
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
John Bernard White, Sr., Age 77, of North Palm Beach, Florida departed this life in the early morning hours of January 20th, 2014. Mr. White graduated from Miami Jackson High School in 1955 and then attended the University of Miami where he earned his BBA, MBA, and JD. After graduating from the University of Miami with accounting and law degrees, Mr. White attended New York University and earned his LLM. He was recruited by Shutts & Bowen Law Firm, one of Miami's oldest law firms, shortly before graduating from NYU and practiced law with the Firm for the next 40 years. Mr. White became a partner early in his career with Shutts & Bowen and eventually became a managing partner and opened the Firm's first branch office in West Palm Beach, Florida.
After retiring from Shutts & Bowen and up until his passing, Mr. White continued to practice law and served as legal counsel to the three (3) Florida State Offices of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) as well as many independent churches throughout the State of Florida. He was a member of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) and served as a Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Choir Director and Council member in many of their local Churches in South Florida. Mr. White was preceded in death by his father, Reverend Porter M. White, a missionary and pastor for the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee); his mother, Margaret Mizpah White (Roberts), daughter of a Bahamian “Mailboat” Captain; and his sister, Mira Diane White.
He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Jeanette (Ogle) White; three sons, John B. (Marilu) White, Jr., Scott (Chris) White; and David (Monica) White; grandsons, Anthony, Brandon, Brian and Bruce White, all of North Palm Beach, Florida; sisters, Peggy (Bill) White of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Debbie Norman of Orlando, Florida; and brothers James (Sharyn) White of Palm Springs, Florida and David White of St. Petersburg, Florida; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.