Billy Franklin White

Published 12:31 pm Sunday, July 9, 2023

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Mr. Billy Franklin White, 82, of Mocksville, died Monday, July 3, 2023, at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born Jan. 22, 1941 in Surry County to the late Ralph George and Anne Barnette White. Mr. White attended and graduated from Dobson High School, Class of 1958.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 30, 1958, where he served for three years and was honorably discharged May 1961.  Mr. White had been employed by Mount Airy Police Dept. before joining NC Highway Patrol in 1966, and was assigned to Wake County and then transferred to Davie County in 1968. He spent 43 years, and four million miles later, driving a Big Rig for Trans Personnel, Holly Farms, and later retired after 20 years at Dillard’s in 2011. Mr. White was Baptist by faith. He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Harmony since 2001, and had been a member of New Hope Baptist Church, Dobson, since 1954.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: a brother, Larry W. White; a nephew, Drew Lawson; and a grandchild, Jonathan.

Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Dianne White; 2 daughters, Samantha Sammons (Bill) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Christie of Dobson; a son, Kevin B. White of Salisbury; and a stepdaughter, Leesa of Mocksville; a sister, Nancy Lawson (Mike) of Dobson; a brother, Ralph White (Agnes) of Columbus, Ga.; 4 grandchildren; 3 stepgrandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 special great-grandchildren; and 5 stepgreat-grandchildren

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, July 10 at Lambert Funeral Chapel with Rev. Steve Hedgecock and Rev. Bruce Lundy officiating. The family invites friends to come by the funeral home one hour prior to the service to pay respects.  Interment will follow in Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Harmony, with military graveside rites conducted by the V.F.W. Memorial Honor Guard.

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