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Samuel Reaves White

Samuel R. White, 84, of Halifax, a retired branch chief of the Federal Aviation Agency’s Airway Facilities Maintenance Program Division, under the Department of Transportation in Washington, D. C., died  April 11 at Halifax Regional Hospital.

Mr. White was born and raised in Selma, Ala. He graduated from the Albert G. Parrish High School in Selma just prior to volunteering for service in the U. S. Army Air Corps (later known as the U. S. Air Force in 1946).

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.

Mr. White married the former Esther Mary Alleman in 1951 and had three children. They moved to Aldie in 1960 and Mr. White lived there for 35 years. After his divorce he remarried the former Joan G. Kirkpatrick in 1978.

Mr. White and Joan moved to Halifax in 1996 and they joined the Halifax United Methodist Church. They became active in many church programs and also became volunteers with the Halifax-Charlotte County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Mr. White is survived by his wife, Joan of Halifax; three children, Richard Louis White and spouse of Chesapeake, Steven Edward White and spouse of Newport News, and Daryl Evans White of Altoona, Pa.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two brothers, Tom White Daffin of Grove Hill, Ala. and Wayne Carol White of Franklin, Texas; two sisters, Nell Marie Williams Nichols of Marion, Ala. and Teresa Stein of Houston, Texas.

Mr. White was predeceased by his parents, William Thomas and Ann Blackman White; three brothers, William Thomas White Jr., John Allen White, and Bob Daffin White.

Mr. White previously requested cremation. A memorial service will take place at Halifax United Methodist Church on Mountain Road on April 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Randy Williams officiating. Burial will be private at a date to be determined later.

The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Those wishing to give memorials are asked to consider the Halifax United Methodist Church, 133 Mountain Road, Halifax, VA 24558 or The American Red Cross, Halifax-Charlotte County Chapter, Cowford Road, Halifax, VA 24558.