He was born in White County to the late John Hiram and Lina Elizabeth Ballard White.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his first wife, Kelly White; two sons, Neal White and David Bowen; a son-in-law, Dennis Harkins; a brother, Charles White; and three sisters, Mildred McLeroy, Sarah Rainey and Jonnie Ragland.
Jack is survived by: his wife, Carol Ann Alexander White; a son, Steve White and wife Barbie of Clayton; three daughters, Terri Harkins of Clayton, Deborah Heard and husband Cleon of Lakemont and Suzanne Parks and husband Johnny of Clayton; two stepsons James Bowen and wife Stacey of Salt Lake City, John Bowen and wife Laura of Panama City, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Jack was a Golden Gloves boxer and joined the Navy in 1939 at the age of 17. His home base was Pearl Harbor, and he served in the Pacific theater for six years and was involved in seven sea battles. He served on the battleship USS Texas, the cruiser USS Portland and other cruisers. He was a member of Clayton Baptist Church and a member of the Friendship Sunday school class. Jack was an X-ray technician, was a Master Mason, a member of Yonah Lodge in Cleveland and owned a dry cleaning business in Helen, the Princess Theater and Cleveland Drive-in, and was owner/administrator of Gold City Convalescent Center in Dahlonega and Mountain View Health Care in Clayton. He was a loving father, grandfather, husband and a friend to all.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Clayton Baptist Church with the Rev. Joey Thompson officiating. Burial followed at Gateway Memorial Cemetery in Cleveland.
Memorial donations may be made to the Benevolence Fund at Clayton Baptist Church, at 87 S. Church St., Clayton, GA 30525; or to Rabun County Gideons, P.O. Box 241, Clayton, GA 30525.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, April 26, 20