Captain Billy J. "Bill" White, 88, Virginia Beach VA

Captain Billy J. "Bill" White, 88, Virginia Beach VA, U.S. Navy retired, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Ola and Lorena White, and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He enlisted as a Seaman Recruit in 1948, advanced to Chief Petty Ofcer, and commissioned Ensign in 1955.

He served on six major staffs and nine ships. He was commanding ofcer of USS Nipmuc ATF-157, USS Brister DER-327, USS Keith DD775 and USS Ellison DD-864.

He was awarded a BS degree by Navy Postgraduate School and a MS degree by George Washington University. After retiring from the Navy in 1979, he was employed by Vitro Corp., a system engineering and software company, as a senior system engineer and the Hampton Roads Dept.

He retired from Vitro in 1992. He served Thalia United Methodist Church for 45 years as a council member, nance committee member, nance steward chairman, auditor, and usher. He was past member and president of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern Virginia, past volunteer for 22 years at the Navy Retired Activities ofce, and past board member of Larksburg Civic League, Atlantic Fleet Credit Union, and Bank @LANTEC.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Frances; one daughter, Brenda; one son, Stephen and wife Carol; two granddaughters, Catherine White and Elizabeth Phelps; three sisters, Dorothy Howard, Gwen Ritchie and Judith McGrath; and special friend, Ann Wilkinson.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Millie Hayhurst and Madeline Kight.

Memorial service was held at Thalia U.M. Church, Virginia Beach, Va. Private burial was held