On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the Lord called Edward Allen White home and said unto him, “well done, good and faithful servant.” Ed was given 57 incredible years filled with love, laughter, fun, and adventure. He always enjoyed coming up with nicknames for his family and close friends. Each of us will forever cherish these terms of endearment. We are sure that his Mother “Darlin” Marie White met him at Heaven’s Gates.
Ed is survived by his father and best friend, “Whitey” Rudy White of Roanoke, Va.; and his wife of 24 years, Sherry White, whom he called “Girlfriend” and “Sher Bear.” Ed’s heart belonged to his two children, “E-Dog” Eddie White, 23, and “Baby Doll” “Princess” “Doctor” Regan White, 20. Each child was blessed to have a father who said “I love you” every time they talked. Ed is also survived by his older brother, “Gene-O” Eugene White; sister-in-law, “Tish” Patricia White; and their two adult children Rachael and Lindsey White.
Ed was born in Richmond, Va., on January 16, 1964; however, he grew up in Roanoke, Va. He accepted the Lord as his Savior at Green Ridge Baptist Church. Ed graduated from Northside High School in 1982 and attended “Harvard on the Highway” at Roanoke Community College for two years. Ed built a fantastic career — selling some of the most iconic consumer brands, including Gerber Baby Food, Armstrong, Jacuzzi, Corian, Oldcastle Architectural, Pergo, and Mohawk. At the time of his passing, Ed was Vice President of Sales with Welspun USA Flooring and Textile. He nicknamed himself “International Ed” due to his travel to far-reaching places like India, Germany, Belgium, London, Canada, St Lucia, Belize, and numerous Caribbean Islands. He would always say, “not too bad for a kid with no education.”
Ed and his family have lived in Mooresville, N.C., for the past 21 years. Ed coached many local children in softball, soccer, basketball, and he trained to become a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo. He would also be found teaching Sunday school at Peninsula Baptist Church for many years.
Ed and his son Eddie shared a passion for the outdoors. He was by Eddie’s side when he caught his first fish and shot his first buck. They loved going to Craig County, Va., to hunt with Ed’s best friend of over 40 years, “RT” Flora, and “like a second dad” Richard Flora. Ed enjoyed creating unforgettable memories with his children through the YMCA Y-Guides and Indian Princesses programs. Regan got to attend numerous Father-Daughter dances where her daddy was her very first dance partner. When Regan was in high school, you would always find Ed cheering her on as she practiced or competed in her favorite sport of hunter/jumper riding with her horse Ollie.
Both of Ed’s children attend Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. – “War Eagle.” Ed loved going to Auburn to be with his children and their friends. He would wear his Auburn attire as we headed out to have fun downtown or the Phi Sig house or cheer on the Auburn football team; each visit was filled with laughter, story-telling, dancing, and fun. Ed’s son will graduate in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with a minor in Supply Chain. His daughter will graduate in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences, pre-vet, and a minor in Business Administration. “Doc Gooby” Regan will be applying for veterinary college in the Fall of 2021.
Services will be held in a socially-distanced and masked manner on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at the family’s church, Trinity Baptist Church, located in Mooresville. Family and friends visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Ed will be laid to rest at Town Creek cemetery in Auburn, Ala., on Wednesday, March 10, surrounded by his Auburn family.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the White family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.