White, Ray F. age 98, born September 2, 1913, passed away May 9, 2012 at Physicians Regional Medical Center.
He was a non-denominational Christian. He was founder and co-owner of White Brothers Poultry & Egg Company and since his retirement he has enjoyed gardening, raising tomatoes and roses. One of his greatest joys was feeding the birds and wildlife at his home which was designated as a Wildlife Habitat.
In 2003, he began blogging with his well-known blog, "Dad's Tomato Garden." He had many friends and followers from all over the world.
Preceded in death by beloved wife, LaVerne R. White; parents, Harris and Maude White; grandson, Greg White; brothers, Ralph, Earl, Howard, and Willard. Survivors, son and daughter-in-law, James and Beverly White of Kingsport; daughter, Mary L. White of Knoxville; grandchildren, Kevin and wife, Lesley White of Kingsport, Bethany R. White of New Jersey; great grandchildren, Mandy and husband Alex Rogers, Kara White and Zachary White; Mandy's mother, Sylvia Massey; sister, Helen Weals; brother, Roy and wife, Mavis White; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, May 11, 2012 in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway with funeral service to follow at 8:00 PM. Ministers Greg Harger and Robert Johnson will officiate. Family and friends will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery on Saturday, May 12, 2012 for a 10:30 AM interment service. Pallbearers will be Don Johnson, Lance George, John Delius, Pat Cooke, Ted Beightol and Jerry Walker. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Pell, John Walker, Woodrow Franklin, Jay Conatser, Pinky Conatser and Ben Burnette.
Condolences may be offered at www.berryfuneralhome.com
Come have a visit with Ray White, affectionately know as "Dad." Share a cup of his favorite coffee, Starbucks Sumatra XBold. Get a bit of gardening expertise, old fashioned humor and life experiences. Ray shares his memoirs of his school days at a two-room school where his teacher cooked a pot of stew from ingredients his classmates brought with them each day. Ray tells of his hardworking parents and Grandparents and his own working days.
From Dana Cook 7/10/2013:
"Dad" was a friend of mine. I met him on AOL journals in 2005. He was the oldest U.S. blogger (at the time of his death and still is as far as I know) and had a book published titled "Dad. The Tomato Man". He was the best at growing tomatoes and that is my favorite fruit. His children have kept his blog up on the net.
"Dad" shared his life on his blog. Overriding all the hard times is the love and happiness that Ray has had all the days of his life- for his parents, family and his beloved wife, LaVerne. He imparts his wisdom and love for his son, Jim, and daughter, Mary, and to all his grand and great grand children. This book is a celebration of Ray's blogs, his love of all things both great and small, family, pets, readers, the world around him, his faith in God and, of course, the tomatoes he raises each and every year.
Dad was ninety-eight years old and lived in Knoxville, Tennessee. He wrote in his garden blog six days each week. His first thoughts for the day were usually posted by 3 a.m. You can still read his blog at www.dadstomatogarden.com. From there, you will find links to his other blogs.