Gerald Milton White, Sr., born March 28, 1934, died March 1, 2011 at his home after an extended illness.
He was with the NC Highway Bridge Design Dept. for approximately 42 years, where he was an expert on Modified Lztex Concrete. Mr. White did a lot of special work on NC bridges, including the Green River Bridge in the NC mountains. He worked part-time with DOW out of Richmond, VA as a consulting engineer after retiring from the NCDOT. He had many friends nationally from bridge conferences and the ACI. Mr. White was a State Registered Engineer and Land Surveyor. He also served on the Soil and Water Board. Gerald ushered his church, Highland United Methodist , at the 8:30 am service for many years. He also served as president of his Sunday School class – Fisher, Thompson, Jennings.
Mr. White is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Lula Bunker White; his two daughters, Jennifer Eichenberger and husband David; and Stacy White; four grandchildren, Ethan and Lauren Eichenberger, Jade and Nate White Mills; former son-in-law, Bruce Saunders; his aunt, Foye Mann; and many more family and friends.
Mr. White was predeceased by his two sons, Samuel Dennis and Gerald M. White, Jr. who died in his sleep at his parents’ home on Jan. 9, 2011 due to a heart attack coming from an enlarged heart inherited genetics that caused Pulmonary Vascular Congestion and Edema. He was 38 years old, staying with his parents for a few months helping to look after his father. This was such a terrible loss to the family, especially to his father. Gerald, Sr. was also predeceased by a very special uncle, Ralph Riddle, who died at age 99 in 2010. They had many good times together.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 4, 2011, from Highland United Methodist Church, with visitation immediately following. A service of committal will be held at 3:30 pm Friday at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, with interment in the church cemetery.
Flowers are welcome, but the family would appreciate memorials to Highland Church, 1901 Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607; Hanks Chapel Church, PO Box 366, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607-6372.
The family wishes to thank his doctors and nurses; Dr. Lue, Marlene, Dr. Bertics, Bonnie, Dr. Reddy, Dr. Woellfer, Hospice of Wake Co., our neighbors, church family, relatives and friends, and his special daily care givers Rosalind Thompson, La Quinta Ellerbe, Andrea Eller and Trina Daniels.
Online condolences to www.hallwynne.com, select “Obituaries”.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Pittsboro, NC.