In Memory of

Bill

White

Obituary for Bill White

William E. “Bill” White was born February 11, 1945 in North Island, California where his father was stationed in the military. He completed this life on Thursday, April 11, 2024 in Oklahoma City at the age of 79.

Bill’s family returned to Oklahoma City following WWII. He was a proud resident of his beloved hometown and honored to be a member of one of the original families of the city. His childhood was spent in NW OKC where he enjoyed attending St. Luke’s Methodist Church, having breakfast with his grandfather at Beverly’s, going to Springlake Amusement Park, and playing baseball at local fields. Bill graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 1963. He went on to earn his associate degree from Eastern Oklahoma State University and then attended Northeastern State University for his Sociology major. He then earned a master's degree in Applied Science from Oklahoma State University.

Bill married Mary Alice Fuhrmann on February 14, 1970 at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. He celebrated their anniversary every 14th by bringing home flowers.

Bill served his country in the U.S. Army and Oklahoma Army National Guard for 26 years and
two days, serving two active duty tours in Germany and serving domestically in the aftermath
of the Oklahoma City bombing.

When it was time to start his career outside of the military, Bill began working for the State of Oklahoma at the OK Tax Commission alongside his paternal Grandmother. After a brief time at United Electronics Institute, he returned to state government at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in Quality Control, where he retired. While there, he created several plans for the Office of Emergency Management that are still used today.

During his off-hours, Bill regularly played softball and volunteered with the Church of the Servant camera crew filming and/or producing services and weddings. Over the years, he also paid it forward by volunteering at many charities such as March of Dimes, Bikers for Babies, Special Olympic, American Red Cross, Infant Crisis Services, Race for the Cure, and WhizKids.

Bill liked to put people at ease with his humor and gift giving. He could easily find out a stranger’s life story within a few minutes. He gifted pastries to church meetings, fruit baskets to his dentist’s office staff, donuts to teachers during state testing, and always kept his candy dish stocked for his coworkers. He also had a passion for vegetable gardening, with his favorite part being, of course, giving away what he grew.

Bill’s good-natured humor led to many classic sayings. He always responded to anyone’s “Have a good day” with “It’s better now.” If someone asked, “Did you find everything you needed?” he responded, “And then some.” He joked about full streetlights instead of full moons, teased about how he must already be home if his car could be seen in the driveway, and gave his own twist to “No U Turn” signs saying “No… You turn.”

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Ewers “Sid” White, Jr. and Ana “LaRuth” (Bowlin) Anderson; and his brother, Steven Allen White.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary; his eldest daughter, Jeannie Pappas of Edmond; his son, James White and his wife Amanda of Collinsville, OK; his youngest daughter, Beth Huddleston and her husband Keith of Norman, OK; his grandchildren, Jeremy Pappas, Morgan White, Adriane White, and Darcy Huddleston.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 18th at the Vondel Smith Mortuary, 13125 N. MacArthur Blvd. A memorial service will be at 10:00 AM Friday, April 19th in the Celebration Center at Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd. Committal service with military honors will be at 12:30 PM at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery, 7801 NW Expressway.

Memorials may be made to Whiz Kids, c/o New Hope United Methodist Church 11600 N. Council Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73162 https://secure.myvanco.com/L-ZAK3/campaign/C-14PHB