Obituary Details

Robert Allison White

March 5, 1927 - January 19, 2020

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
First Baptist Church Bladenboro
Date:
Friday, January 24, 2020
Time:
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Memorial Service

Location:
Pine Crest Cemetery
Date:
Friday, January 24, 2020
Service Time:
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Cemetery

Location:
Pine Crest Cemetery
Date:
Friday, January 24, 2020
Time:
Immediately Following Service

Notes

Robert Allison White, 92, of Raleigh, NC, formerly of Wilmington, NC, Allendale, NJ, and Bladenboro, NC, passed peacefully in his home on Sunday, January 19th, 2020. Born March 5, 1927 in Greensboro, NC, he was the son of the late Allison Almon White and Jewell Inman White.

Following graduation from Bladenboro High School, Robert, also known as Bob, served in WWII as a Sergeant in the U. S. Army with the 872nd Engineer Aviation Battalion in Atsugi Airport, Japan. Bob went on to graduate from Wake Forest University, then married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Cecile, and began post graduate study at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Bob became a Certified Public Accountant while employed by Peat Marwick Mitchell & Company CPA’s, Charlotte, NC. His early employment included American Safety Razor Company in Staunton, VA.; Philip Morris’ Manufacturing Operations in Richmond, VA; and Philip Morris’ New York Headquarters as General Accounting Manager.

He later became Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Philip Morris International. In this capacity Bob traveled worldwide and became deeply involved in the expansion of their operations in Switzerland, Holland, Australia, England, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Finland, Nigeria, and more.

While working in New York, he and Cecile resided in Allendale, Bergen County, NJ, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons at Bergen Baptist Church, one of the early Southern Baptist Churches in the Metropolitan NY area. Bob was also instrumental in the formation of the Living Gospel Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Philip Morris President’s Club and received their Silver Ring Award. He was also a member of the National Council of the National Planning Association and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.

Furthering education was of key importance to Bob, throughout his life. He and his wife, Cecile, helped numerous students with educational expenses, and they funded the Cecile Ward White Scholarship at Meredith College. He was extremely proud that all twenty of his grandchildren graduated from, or are currently completing, college.

He retired from Philip Morris in 1986, and returned to North Carolina, where he enjoyed lake living at White Lake, NC. Later, he moved to Wilmington, NC where he was a Board Member of Plantation Village retirement community, a member of the Surf Club at Wrightsville Beach, and regularly enjoyed horticulture and raising his beloved Shelties, Cody(s) and Rio.

In his later years, Bob moved to Raleigh, NC to be near family and became a member of Bay Leaf Baptist Church. He enjoyed keeping abreast of world news, following financial markets, making numerous outings to ‘big box’ stores, and spending treasured time with Cecile.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Mary Cecile Ward White, and his brother William A. White. He is survived by his six children, Robert Allison White Jr. (Lee), Bernard Ward White, Mary White Kroszner (Konrad), Elizabeth White Horton (Richard), Rebecca White Tapp (Lloyd), Wade Edward White (Carol); twenty grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren; and his sister, Janelle White Gore.

A Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church, Bladenboro, NC at 11:00 a.m.m on Friday, January 24, 2020. A Graveside Service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Pine Crest Cemetery, Bladenboro, NC, with Pastor Samuel VanSlyke officiating.

The family is very grateful to the many Visiting Angels, especially Kennetta Rogers, who provided loving comfort, care, and support in Bob’s later years.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Bladenboro, 500 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC 28320, Bay Leaf Baptist Church, 12200 Bayleaf Church Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614, or The Meredith College General Fund, 3800 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC 27607-5298.
Posted by:
David Gilliland
Posted on:
May 5, 2020
I have fond memories of all of you guys. Your parents were loving and exceptional people. My mother passed away in 2008 and my father in 2018. Sorry for your loss - David Gilliland
Posted by:
Karen Monroe
Posted on:
January 22, 2020
Bob and Cecile were neighbors in Allendale. Cecile was a mentor and dear friend. They were both instrumental in my college education as I was the first recipient of the Cecile Ward White Scholarship at Meredith College. They were both such a gift to me and to so many more. All my love to the family.
Posted by:
Bill and Pam Morine
Posted on:
January 22, 2020
Bob and his wife Cecile were the most wonderful neighbors we've ever had. Following a snowstorm in 1991 after we had just moved into our Wilmington home adjacent to them, I took my snow shovel I had brought from New Jersey and shoveled the snow to the end of the driveway. When I reached the end, Bob was there. He asked me, "What do you think will happen now?" I replied, "The plow will come." Bob answered laconically, "THE plow is in Raleigh." Bob and Ceil were extraordinarily kind to our two sons when they were growing up, and gracious under every set of circumstances. The world could use more people like Bob and Ceil.
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Visitation

First Baptist Church Bladenboro
500 South Main Street
Bladenboro, NC 28320
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Memorial Service

Pine Crest Cemetery
Cemetery Street
Bladenboro, NC 28320

Cemetery

Pine Crest Cemetery
Cemetery Street
Bladenboro, NC 28320