King William resident Herbert “Herb” Lewis White Jr. will be remembered as a community leader.
White, a founding member of King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue, died at age 77 Jan. 27. The funeral service was held Jan. 30.
He will be remembered for his years of community service as a founding member, lieutenant and charter/life member of King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue, a member and former director of the King William Ruritan Club, secretary and treasurer of the Ruritan Foundation and member and former director of Mattaponi Crime Solvers, according to his wife of 56 years, Marian White.
White, originally from New Kent, married Marian in 1962. They had one son, Scott. He retired in 1996 after 37 years as an advertising/production manager for Richmond Newspapers, Inc.
White’s love for his community kept him active in various organizations. He, along with four others, founded King William Rescue Squad (now King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue) in 1963 and was instrumental in adding the fire department to the organization in 1965.
White remained an active member in the organization for more than 20 years.
White also volunteered with the Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squad for several years.
Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squad Captain Curtis Mason Jr. said White was a “great friend.”
“He wanted to make sure everybody got helped. He just had a genuine love for serving the community,” Mason said. “If you were on a call and needed something, he would do anything to help you.”
He assisted the county with zoning as the chairman of the King William County Board of Zoning Appeals for 36 years and redistricting matters as a member of the redistricting committee for two years.
White helped maintain and refresh the county’s historical assets as director of the King William County Historical Society board during the renovation of the historical Acquinton Church Project and old jail at the courthouse.
White was involved with the county Ruritan Club and was active in the construction of the new Ruritan Community Building and Park. White held 22 years of perfect attendance with the club.
Marian White said her husband’s hobby was truly helping the community.
“It kept him very busy, but he loved it. He had such a kind and caring nature and was always there to help,” Marian White said.
White also served as director of the Prevent Blindless Mid-Atlantic organization and chairman of the organization’s board for two years, a member of the Joppa Lodge No. 40 AF and AM and a devoted member of Colosse Baptist Church.
He additionally gave back to his community as board director of King William County Emergency Ministries and worked for many years with its Christmas Wishes program to provide gifts for those less fortunate during the holidays.
Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, who represents part of King William in the 97th District, said White was a pillar of the community.
“I greatly admired his commitment to our first responders and local Ruritan Club,” Peace said. “I always enjoyed time I spent with him.”
White was always a gentleman and looked the part too, according to Peace.
“There may not be a better dressed man in King William,” Peace said. “Losing Herb, James Townsend and Dick Campbell, among others in recent years, should remind us all to be thankful for the years of service provided to the county and encourage others to step forward in their honor and memory.”
White also celebrated the community he loved as a member of the county tri-centennial celebration committee and parade chairman in 2002.
In his spare time, White enjoyed antique cars and owned a 1977 Caprice convertible that he drove in community events such as the Walkerton Community Parade and the West Point Crab Carnival parade.
Marian White said she is touched by all the people who attended his services and have said kind things about him and his life.
“We as a family were so proud and honored that so many people came out to honor him, and he would’ve been very touched,” Marian White said. “It makes my heart sing.”
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