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Dr Emmett R. White
Birth: Jul. 26, 1929
Richmond County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 2008
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

Emmett R. White, MD

Emmett R. White, MD, 79, of Rutherford College, N.C. passed away the evening of Wednesday Oct. 1, 2008.

A gentle, jovial man with a ready smile and sharp wit, Dr. White was a respected physician and an avid historian who constantly welcomed an intellectual challenge. His capacity and memory for minutiae and dates was unparalleled. Throughout his life, he passionately researched local history, the Civil War and the Revolutionary War, in particular the wars' dynamic on state history. Nothing pleased him more than scouring libraries in search of a new tidbit of information. Long before genealogy became a popular pastime, he combed graveyards all over North Carolina, scraping away grime from headstones as he cataloged information on ancestors and Tarheel veterans.

Born July 26, 1929 in Hamlet, Dr. White was the third of six sons born to Emmett and Hannah Hutchins White.

A 1947 graduate of Coon High School in Wilson, N.C. he attended Wake Forest University. After graduating from Wake Forest in 1950, he studied medicine at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, receiving his medical degree in 1954. He performed a one-year internship at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, and then briefly returned to Hamlet to practice general medicine while waiting to enter the Army.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a captain for more than two years, training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, then practicing at Fort Jackson, S.C.

In 1957, he arrived in Denver, Colo., where he performed a year of residency at the University of Colorado in Denver and the Colorado Veterans Hospital.

Next, he traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn., for two years; he practiced medicine at Erlanger Medical Center completing his residency in radiology there.

In 1960, he arrived in Burke County after accepting a staff position at Valdese General Hospital, where he founded the hospital's radiology department. In 1967, he created the hospital's radiation oncology department. He led the hospital's radiology department for more than three decades and continued to work there off-and-on during his retirement.

In addition to his work at Valdese, he was on the staffs of Broughton Hospital, Grace Hospital and Slop Memorial Hospital in Crossnore.

He was a co-founder of the Catawba Valley Radiological Society in 1964. In the 1970s, he served as an associate professor of clinical radiology at Bowman Gray. In 1983, he was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology, an honor bestowed on fewer than 10 percent of radiologists nationwide. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the North Carolina Medical Association and the Radiological Society of North America.

In the early 60s, he assisted in forming the Rutherford College Water Corporation, serving as its president for years. In 1977, he helped with the incorporation procedures for the Town of Rutherford College. As a testament to his generous nature, he sold the town its first town hall building for the staggering price of one dollar.

A dedicated rockhound, he founded the N.C. Rock and Mineral Society in 1961.

He was also a member of the Rutherford College Lions Club, the Burke County Historical Society, the Burke County Genealogical Society, and the Rutherford College Historical Foundation. He is a past chairman of the Committee for Restoration of the Old Burke County Courthouse. In 1974 he and his beloved friend, Eunice Ervin worked to incorporate the historic Quaker Meadows Cemetery in Morganton, helping preserve it for future generations.

Dr. White authored three volumes of an historical biographical series, "Revolutionary War Soldiers of Western North Carolina." The books contain biographical sketches on numerous soldiers, including summaries of their military service, later life, land holdings and census information.

Dr. White is survived by his wife, Martha Maynor White of the home; two sons, Emmett Royce White Jr. and his wife, Gina, of Niceville, Fla. and John Robert Hutchins White of the home; two daughters, Beverly White Byrne and her husband, Pat, of Niceville, Fla. and Millie White Rothrock and her husband, Neil, of Wytheville, Va.; two brothers, William White and his wife, Barbara, of Brevard and Glen L. White and his wife, Susie, of Dobson; his grandchildren, Patrick Byrne, Henry Wong, Michael Byrne, Emmett White III and Lizzie Rothrock; his mother-in-law, Gladys Maynor; his sister-in-law, Nancy Maynor, both of Rutherford College; and his beloved canine companion, Shiela.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Maynor White; three brothers, Linney Ray White, Jack White and Ed Lee White; and his twin sister, Emma Joyce White. Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese.

Emmett R. White's Twin Sister: Emma Joyce White

Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the following organizations: the North Carolina Room, care of the Library Foundation of Burke County, 204 W. King St, Morganton, NC 28655 or Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

Family members would like to express their deep love and appreciation to Dr. Greg Jones, Keith Berry, Cathy Berry and Nancy Young for the loving care and concern shown to Dr. White during his illness. The family also appreciates the work of Burke Hospice and its employees.

He was dearly loved by his family and will live forever in our hearts.

Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the family. Published in the Hickory Daily Record on 10/3/2008

* Thank you, so very much, to Judith Parker-Proctor for sponsoring the Memorial Page of Dr. Emmett R. White and for also, providing a photo of him.

Father: Emmett White

Mother: Hannah Elizabeth Hutchins White

Dr. Emmett R. White's First Wife: Edith Alva Cox White Neel.

Family links: 
  Emmett White (1895 - 1972)
  Hannah Elizabeth Hutchins White (1900 - 1974)
  Edith Alva Cox White Neel (1925 - 2009)*
  Emma Joyce White (1929 - 1929)*
  Emmett R. White (1929 - 2008)
  Glen Love White (1929 - 2015)*
  William R White (1935 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Cemetery
Rutherford College
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
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