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LTC (R) Claude Wilson White

ROCK HILL -- LTC (Retired) Claude Wilson White, 92 years old, of 1616 Wendover Court passed away at his home on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, with Dr. William Pender officiating. His cremains will be buried with his father, mother and sister at Dow's Corner Cemetery in Standish, Maine where many generations of his Dow family ancestors are buried.

He was born April 12, 1915 in Box Springs, Ga., to Alvah W. White and Vera E. Dow. In his early years Claude lived in the Panama Canal Zone where his father was an ex-military physician, providing care for workers building the canal. Later he went to the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) graduating with a degree in Chemistry following with a Master's degree from Ohio State University. LTC (R) White spent 23 years in the U.S. Army serving with General Patton's legendary armored division in Germany during WWII and later as a senior Chemical Corps Officer.

He married Catherine Cole Curtis, a Mount Sterling, Kentucky girl on April 25, 1942. They had three children, Kate, Claudia and Curtis and granddaughters, Carolyn, Tammy and Paula.

His next career was in Kingsport, Tenn., at Holston Defense Corporation, affiliated with the Eastman Kodak Chemical Company. After another 17 years there, he began his last career, retirement.

Soon after his retirement, Catherine passed away. He is survived by his second wife, Elizabeth Dudley Tipton "Tip" Wells White, whom he married in 1985 following several years of single life. She is another Mt. Sterling girl who had recently lost her husband, Howard. Their many years together have blessed both of them. Tip's children, Bill Wells and wife, Vicki and their children, Katie and Alec and Martha Anderson and her husband, John and their children, Ashley and Karen were a comfort to Claude and he loved them as his own.

We would like to thank Iris, Willie, Valerie, Phyllis and Mary who took care of Claude till the very end with their thoughtfulness and kind yet firm hands guiding him through his daily routines these past years.

Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731.

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