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Joseph Franklin White, 1916 – 2005

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  The Rev. Joseph Franklin White, longtime resident of Richmond, died April 18, 2005, in Chesapeake, Va. He was born Jan. 27, 1916, in Mathews County, Va. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Dudley Hodnett White; one daughter, Dr. Rebecca Clark White Adams of Chesapeake, Va.; three grandsons, Joseph Clark Adams and wife Miranda of Fairfax, Va., Christian McGehee Adams and wife Heidi of Broomfield, Col., and Samuel Clay Adams of Durham, N.C. He is also survived by two great-granddaughters Delaney Morgan Adams of Fairfax and Sydney Grace Adams of Broomfield.

  Mr. White graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1939 and later received a master’s degree from the University of Richmond. He began his career as a teacher, coach, and principal of Dan River High School in Pittsylvania County, Va. He became a minister and served the following positions in the Virginia United Methodist Conference: North Pittsylvania Charge, Brookneal Charge, Epworth Church in Thaxton, Pace Memorial Church in Richmond, Blacksburg Church, State Director of Campus Ministry; Executive Director of the Association of Educational Institutions; Superintendent of Eastern Shore District; Shady Grove UMC (Mechanicsville). He retired in 1983.

— Rebecca C.W. Adams



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