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October 15, 1938 – January 05, 2020
Noel Keith White, age 81, was born to Lowe and Beulah White on October 15, 1938 in western Garza County. He died at home after a sort illness Sunday, January 5. Visitation was at Hudman Funeral Home on Tuesday evening and services were held at Post ISD Auditorium on Wednesday, January 8 at 1:00 p.m. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery.
He began first at Garnolia where he attended until the middle of fourth grade when they moved to Post. He graduated from Post High School with the class of 1957, where he participated in football, basketball and track. He was named football All District offense and defense and All District in basketball. He was voted Mr. PHS along with other numerous honors.
White married his high school sweetheart, Orabeth Maxey, on September 28, 1957 at the Graham Chapel Church of Christ. They had three children, Steve, Sam, and Keitha.
He farmed in the Graham Community for 25 years, was the manager of the Graham Coop Gin, day-worked for several local ranchers, drove a school bus for Post ISD and was still a substitute driver. He retired at the age of 75 as a crop insurance adjuster.
White was a Christian and worshipped at the Graham Chapel Church of Christ where he served at his most important job as an elder. He led singing, had taught the teenage and adult Bible classes and helped build the new building.
He had served at president of the Graham and Garza County 4-H Adult Leaders Assn., taking two 4-H Share the Fun teams to state competition, the Graham Community Center Board, Graph Coop Gin Board, Garza County Junior Livestock Assn. for 10 years when the show barn was built, and Caprock Cutting Horse Ass., and affiliate of the National Cutting Horse Assn., for 10 years.
He was selected as one of the Texas Outstanding Adult Leaders in 1982 and in 2012 was named Citizen of the Year in Garza County.
White loved kids and encouraged each one to improve their horsemanship. He held play days in his arena for many years. He also loved to use his voice and musical talent. He had sang and played at the nursing home for over 35 years, at Tahoka’s Lynnwood Facility, put on the Graham Ole Opry, sang at Trailblazers, Trade Days and numeral weddings and funerals.
White was currently on The Garza County Trailblazer Board.
His wife of 62 ½ years, sons, Steve and Jackie White of Spade Ranch, Colorado City, Sam Butler, Post, and daughter Keitha Beth and Tim Hill of Gail, brother, Carter and Sybil White of Hale Center; grandchildren, Cheyenne and Kody Porterfield of Weatherford, Schelli and Cody Jackson of Colorado City, Avery Wright of Lubbock, Makaylee Noel Butler, Post, Hadley White, Spade Ranch, Colorado City and Have and Harbor Hill of Gail; one great granddaughter, Klaire Porterfield of Weatherford.
Pall bearers were roping friends: Weldon Smith, Kim Wilks, Robbie Wilke, Jeff Williams, Reece Belongia, and Danny Vernon.
Honorary pall bearers were: Bobby Cowdrey, Ted Tatum, Fred Myers, Mike Johnson, Ted Brannon, John Bland, Morris Tyler, Corky Abraham, Frank Tobias, Larry Moreman, Dean Daniel, Dr. Kerry Wink, Kate Smith and the PHS Class of 1957.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that memorials be made to Garza County Trailblazers, Post Cares, Pixie Grisham at First United Methodist Church, or Garza County Junior Livestock Assn.