Commander Jethro White Jr.

April 7, 1941 - September 29, 2018

Jethro White Jr., age 77, of McKinney, Texas, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2018.  He was born Monday, April 7, 1941, in Houston, Texas, to Georgia Lavern (Idlebird) and Reverend Jethro White Sr.  Jethro married the love of his life, Kay (Cann) White, in Shreveport, Louisiana, on October 5, 1970, and they had two beautiful children.  He did undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University in College Station and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University.  Later he earned his Master’s Degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jethro had a successful career as a Mechanical Engineer in the Chemical industry. 

Jethro served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and later in the United States Navy Reserve earning the distinguished rank of Commander.  He was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated at the University of Texas in Austin on October 27, 1961. 

Jethro is survived by his children, Connie Zeigler, and her husband, Chris, of Prosper, Texas; and Darryl White of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Victor Phillips of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; his grandchildren, Jamie Zeigler and Jessica Jones; his great-grandchildren, Jessie Jones and Jess’iah Jones; six siblings, Laura E. Medlock and her husband, Ardell, of Houston, Texas; Rev. James E. White and his wife, Toni, of Huntsville, Texas; Doyle E. White and his wife, Patsy, of Friendswood, Texas; Gladys M. Sterling and her husband, Charles, of Houston, Texas; Ronald L. White and his wife, Sharon, of DeSoto, Texas; and Alfred B. White and his wife, Judith, of Dallas, Texas; two brothers-in-law, Alfred Brown and his wife, Tess, of Las Vegas, Nevada and Robert Cann of Shreveport, Louisiana; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kay White, and his parents, Reverend Jethro and Georgia White Sr. 

The family invites friends to a Visitation held at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be held at Stonebridge United Methodist Church, 1800 S. Stonebridge Dr., McKinney, Texas, on Saturday, October 6, 2018, beginning at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Reverend Jeff Lust.  Interment at DFW National Cemetery Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.   

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to an organization that was dear to Jethro, Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association, Inc., P. O. Box 667, Gulfport, Mississippi 39502-0667 in memory of Jethro White, Jr.

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Stan and I are sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. Because we care about how your family is doing, we are praying and sending wishes from the heart, that your faith will sustain you, encourage your spirit, and see the family through this time. God bless your family.
Stan and Emma McKee, October 5, 2018 To the family, We have been good friends with Jethro for several years. He was a special person, and we will miss seeing and talking with him very much. We ask with our prayers that our good and gracious God be with all of you at this difficult time.
jo and harold covin, October 3, 2018 I always enjoyed being with Jethro. He brought happiness with him. Bill Hancock, October 1, 2018