James C. White passed away peacefully on November 21, 2021. He was born in Bleckley County, Georgia on May 6, 1928, the eldest child of Herbert E. and Lorene White. He moved to Jacksonville in 1944, where he graduated from Duval Technical School. That May he began a railroad career that would span 44 years and 4 major railroads. He started as a call boy for Seaboard Air Line. While working for Seaboard he attended classes at Jacksonville University, then was drafted in 1950 into the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class. Upon discharge he attended George Washington University for one year, returned to Jacksonville for a year, then completed his education at Florida State University while working full time for the railroad. He graduated with a degree in Business in 1958. After a short stint with Pillsbury, he returned to the railroad life as a salesman for New York Central. Promotions and mergers resulted in moves to St. Louis, Peoria (Penn Central), Philadelphia (ConRail), and Minneapolis. He was a good father to his two sons, actively participating in Boy Scouts and their school and church extracurricular endeavors.
James retired from railroading and returned to Jacksonville in 1991. He was an active attendee of Woodstock (now Hillcrest) Baptist Church. He enjoyed exercising at the Winston Family YMCA and spending time with his special friend Nell Edwards. He is survived by his son Roger, daughter-in-law Ann, grandchildren Branson and Elizabeth, and siblings Jean Brooker, Herbert White Jr., and Margaret Zinn.
Visitation will be conducted Saturday, November 27 from 10:00-11:00 at Hillcrest Baptist Church Crystal Springs campus with funeral service immediately following. 9120 Crystal Springs Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Fraser Funeral Home: (904-781-4314)