On Friday, March 23, 2012, 1:43 a.m., Bobby James White, quietly and peacefully passed from earth to glory at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Today we bow in humble submission to thank you Lord for the time we had to spend with our dear loved one.
Bobby James “Bob” White was born one of 10 children to the late Gus White, Sr. and Alberta Cooper White on September 19, 1939, in Paducah, Kentucky where he received his education, graduating from the former Lincoln High School.
Bob accepted Christ as his personal Savior as a young child. He was a member of Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, sang in the Sanctuary Choir and the Male Chorus, and was a member of both the Culinary Committee and the Hospitality Committee, helping whenever and wherever needed. He loved the worship service, all times standing to his feet and clapping his hands. He loved the preaching of God’s word and the man of God, Pastor James L. Hudson. He enjoyed having the many varied talks with the church classes and with Pastor Hudson. Brother White continued to praise God throughout his illness. He continually proclaimed, “GOD IS ABLE!” Bob thoroughly enjoyed being a deacon and truly loved Pastor Hudson.
He was a former member of Stone Square Lodge #5. On August 10, 1984, in Paducah, Kentucky, Bob joined in Holy Matrimony to his beloved wife, former Alberta E. Jenkins.
This marriage vow, “TIL DEATH DO US PART” was held true, thus their enjoying 28 years of marital bliss. Bob and Alberta shared another blissful occasion with the renewing of their wedding vows in February 2010.
Brother White was a family man who dearly loved his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, and sisters. His grandchildren Mikia and Little Mike were his heart. Bobby, affectionately called “Bob” by his in-laws, was deeply loved by them and was very much a member of the Martin, Loving, and Jenkins tribe. He loved the Bar-B-Q’s, the fish fries, and the family get-togethers in the little country town of Bardwell, Kentucky. He was especially fond of his Aunt Mary Lynn’s turnip greens, his brother-in-law Tim’s corn pudding, and the cakes that his cousin Mahlon baked which always brought a wide smile to his face. Joy shined through him with every bite. Bob also loved sitting and talking with his brother-in-law, Thomas and cousin Ike. Jerome, his brother-in-law, always put something in his hand (money). His sister-in-law, Celeste, was his private nurse. He would always ask her what she thought this was or would tell her how he felt. He depended on her, always trying to make things better.
Bobby was a warm and loving man, always having a smile, kind words, or a friendly hand shake. He was a sharp dressed man, always making sure his appearance was in order. He was what one would call “DEBONAIR”. Brother White’s passion was working in his yard. He found great joy in the maintenance and up-keep of his home. This resulted in his receiving the honor of “House of The Month” on two occasions in his lifetime.