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George Dale White Obituary

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George Dale White

Jacksonville, IL

September 5, 1938 - April 1, 2024

George Dale White Obituary

George Dale “Whitey” White, Sr., 85, of South Jacksonville, IL, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 1, 2024, with his family by his side.

He was born September 5, 1938, in Sorento, IL, the youngest of five boys, born to Louis Chancy and Mary Beth (Miller) White. He married the love of his life, Helen Roberta Goodrich on Sept. 3, 1960, and they shared a love for each other that lasted 51 years. She preceded him in death on Nov. 16, 2011.

He is survived by four children, George Dale White, Jr., Tena (Verney) Cantrall, Kathy (Mark) Smith, and Jenny White-Ridder; five grandchildren and one step-grandson, Shanna White, Erin Stice, Eli Cantrall, Kristina Lear, Jordan Smith (step-grandson) and Jamison White; eleven great grandchildren (nine girls, two boys, and a great grandson due May 4th); and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one grandson, Christian Ridder; one niece, Linda Sue Richards; and four brothers, Charlie, Dean, Bobbie, and Donald.

Whitey worked as a machinist for Chapin Cylinder Head in downtown Chapin for 33 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping, and had camped at Lake Jacksonville for 33 years. He had many friends at the lake. He loved spending time with his family and especially loved his grandkids.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 pm Saturday, April 20, 2024, at VFW Post #1379 in Jacksonville.

Memorial gifts are suggested to P.A.W.S. of Jacksonville. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent online at

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