Jerry Franklin White

Published 1:40 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mr. Jerry Franklin White, 75, of Ralph Ratledge Road, Mocksville, died as the sun was setting Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. He was at his home, surrounded by his loving wife of 57 years, his children, family and friends.

Mr. White was born Feb. 10, 1943 in Davie County to the late Joshua Franklin and Mamie Marie Cleary White. He was a meat cutter most of his life. Mr. White and his wife began their business together “Jerry’s Meat Processing” in 1970. He was also known for his skills throughout the county, while working for grocery stores. Mr. White learned his skills from Oren Hefner, owner of Hefner’s Land of Food, in Mocksville, at the age of 17. He also had a strong passion for farming and loved planting crops and watching them grow.  Mr. White enjoyed raising and caring for animals and the daily routine of the farm life.  He had a strong work ethic and often worked multiple jobs to provide for his family. Mr. White loved all of his family dearly and expected them to always work as hard as he did. Even after he became disabled, he would often pass out to-do lists to them. He didn’t like to see people doing nothing. Mr. White was known by everyone for his big grin and his laughter. He had a big heart and would help anyone who needed it. One of his favorite things to do was throw a big barbecue for his community in the fall. He truly just enjoyed people.

He was also preceded in death by: an infant sister, Linda White; and 2 brothers, Don White and Mac White.

Survivors: his wife, Virginia “Jenny” Ann Barker White of the home; a daughter, Teresa Stovall (Johnny); a son, Tim White (Paula); 2 sisters, Janie Dixon (O’Brien) and Geraldean Dwiggins, all of Mocksville; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Gerald Chaffin.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with Waverley Pierson, Tom Nussbaum and the Rev. Rowan Fay officiating.  Burial will  follow in Zion Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the funeral home.

Memorials: Sheffield-Calahaln Fire Dept., 435 Dyson Road, Mocksville.