Jonathan Landon White II (J.L.), born November 12, 1922 to Maggie and Jonathan Landon White, went to his heavenly home on April 12, 2018. Dad was born and raised in Erwin, Tennessee.
Dad was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 as an Automatic Rifleman/Rifle Expert with the Railsplitters, Company A, 333rd, 84th Infantry Division.
Dad served in the European Theatre, and was injured in his 9th battle…The Battle of the Bulge in 1945. Medals earned include: Purple Heart, E.A.M.E. Campaign Medal with three Bronze Battle Starts; American Theatre Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Victory Medal; Combat Infantry Badge, and the Expert Infantryman Badge. Bronze Medal. He is included in a book by Ken Ford, Assault On Germany: The Battle For Geilenkirchen. Dad was described as “someone who never seemed to get rattled, and could always be relied on; he personfied the “Tennessee Volunteer.”
When Dad returned from the war, he and our mother were married April 3, 1946. Mom and Dad were married for 61 years; she was the love of his life. Dad worked for Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp, Detroit, Michigan, and was employed with Hoover Ball Bearing until his retirement in 1985. Before and after retirement, Dad loved gardening, and enjoyed giving his fruits and vegetables to family and friends.
Preceeded in death by our Mom, Jean Ross Buckles-White; brothers, Lloyd, Ray, Herman, Howard and Gene Ed; sisters, Alta, Madge, Mae, Hattie, Mamie, Nell, and Pauline. Survived by one sister, Loretta; three daughters, Brenda Shaw (Dennis), Spokane, WA; Cheryl White-White (Ray), Erwin, TN; Vanessa White, Erwin. TN; two sons, Jonathan Landon White III, Erwin; Dwight Glenn White, Erwin. Eleven grandchildren, and Eleven great grandchildren.
Dad believed in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and was a member of Fishery Community Church.
Services were held on April 15, 2018 at Valley Funeral Home. Burial, with Military Honors, was held on April 16, 2018 at Evergreen Cemetery.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the over abundance of support given by family and friends. The prayers were felt. Thank you to Valley Funeral Home for the arrangements.