Mitchel White, 84, of Hamburg, died January 12, 2015 at the Allegiance Specialty Hospital in Greenville, Mississippi.
He was a native of Snyder and a resident of Hamburg all of his life. He graduated from Portland High School and was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corp, 508th Airborne Regiment 3rd Battalion where he was a paratrooper during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. White worked for the Ashley-Chicot Electric Company as an apprentice lineman from 1949 until 1951. In 1954, after his military service, he returned to work at the Ashley-Chicot Electric Company and was promoted to foreman of the cooperative’s Ashley area in November of 1963. He was named the general manager of the system on June 20, 1966 and he served on the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc. boards. He retired from Ashley-Chicot Electric in 1990.
Mr. White was a former member of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and was active in a number of other community and development organizations. He was a member of the Hamburg First United Methodist Church, a Mason and a member of the Hamburg Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, M.B. & Etta McGinnis White; two brothers, Steven and Perry White; and four sisters, Ocie Gibbs, Jean McCoy, Cora White and Ruth Blemmel.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elise Morman White; a son, Mitchel White both of Hamburg; a daughter, Jean White of North Little Rock; a brother, Franklin White and wife, Barbara, of Maynard; four grandchildren, Heather Franks and husband, Casey, of North Little Rock, Michele McCutcheon and husband, Abdi Nasr, of Anaheim, California, Sara McCutcheon of Cabot and Sawyer White of Bossier City, Louisiana and four great-grandchildren, Noah & Christian McCutcheon, Evan Nasr and Josiah Snipes.
Funeral services will be held on January 17 at 11 a.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Comer officiating. Burial will be at the Cleveland Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Danny Thurman, Wayne Gates, James Robinson, J.W. White, Shelby Harrod, Jeff McCoy, Bruce Pennington, Mickey Pennington and Raymond Karnes.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Tribute Program, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.