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Hubert Allen White, 1910 - 1995

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  Hubert Allen White was born March 16, 1910, in Cleveland County, North Carolina, the second oldest child, to Rufus E. and May Wray White. He met and married Hazel Grigg in 1934. Their life together lasted 61 happy years. To this union were born eight children. Hubert was the proud grandfather of 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

  He was called to preach after his conversion in his late 20s and began to prepare himself for the ministry in the Methodist Church. He attended Roanoke College, the Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

  Hubert was dedicated to serving God and the people of the churches that he pastored as a member of the Virginia conference of 40 years. His first charge was the Greensville Charge in Emporia in the Petersburg District. He went on to serve churches in the Charlottesville, Roanoke, Farmville, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Danville districts.

  In the early years of his ministry, Hubert preached in revival meetings through the summer and fall months in Virginia and North Carolina. He loved people and his desire to win many for Christ kept him working night after night, returning to his own work late on Friday night or early Saturday morning.

  Hubert retired June 1980, at the age of 70, and moved to Crewe, Virginia, to be near two of his daughters in his later years. He served the North Amelia Charge of the United Methodist Church and the Christian Church in Crewe for several months after retirement. Hubert passed away on October 25, 1995, at the age of 85. Services were held in Crewe United Methodist Church by the Rev. Charles E. Rowley, pastor; and the Rev. William C. Blalock of Danville, Virginia, son-in-law of Hubert and Hazel. Burial was in Crewe Cemetery where he was laid to rest beside his son, David, who preceded him in death. Hubert is missed greatly by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  Along with St. Paul, Hubert can say. "I have fought a good fight, finished the course and now awaits the crown of righteousness." How thankful he was to have been chosen as one of God’s messengers and thankful for strength to be faithful to the end.

— Hazel G. White



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