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 Rex Seymour White

Rex Seymour White

Birth
North Judson, Starke County, Indiana, USA
Death 28 Feb 1945 (aged 50)
La Porte, La Porte County, Indiana, USA
Burial Knox, Starke County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 101365276 · View Source
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Rex S. White Obituary in North Judson News

In the death of Rex S. White, Starke County has lost one of its most popular Sunday School workers. His work along this line has been far-reaching and he was loved and honored by all with whom he came in contact. He became a familiar figure on the streets of Knox whenever the weather permitted him to be out. With the aid of someone to push his wheeled chair he used to sit for hours on the streets, visiting with his neighbors and friends, with always a cheery voice and happy smile for everyone.
During the last weeks of his father's illness, Rex worried considerably about his condition, never thinking at all of his own helplessness. His passing was undoubtedly due to worry over his father's decline.
Hundreds of neighbors, friends and acquaintances passed their bier Saturday and Sunday, young and old alike, to pay their last home to this kindly old gentleman and his beloved son. Friend met friend whom he had not seen in many a year which brought back pleasant memories in which the two had figured throughout their lifetime.
Rex Seymour White, the oldest son of Henry E. and Estella Collins White, was born at North Judson on May 13, 1894. His boyhood was spent principally at Knox where he received nearly all of his common schooling. He graduated from high school at North Judson, where he was valedictorian of his class. During his school days four summers were spent at Bass Lake, one with his grandparents, two at Kaley's store, and one in a self-owned and operated bakery wagon business. After graduating from high school, he attended Valparaiso University, Indiana University, and Wabash College. He taught country school at Toto for two years and near Brems for one year. Of all of his activities, he seemed to derive the greatest satisfaction from his Sunday School work at the Round Lake Church between 1911 and 1918.
In the spring of 1917, he was stricken with arthritis and has spent a good share of the remainder of his years in a wheel chair or confined to his bed. Despite his affliction, he was able to continue his life-long interest in the Sunday Schools of the county and was secretary of the Starke County Sunday School Association for several years. From the fall of 1928 to his death, he engaged with the help of his many friends in a magazine business.
Several years ago, a "Rex White" Day was held in all of the Sunday Schools of the County. At that time, a poem by Superintendent Julius Henry of the Knox Schools was written and published. We are glad to reprint it in our columns.

On "Rex White" Day

In one accord we've met today
With all the cheer that's known
To sing for you a happy lay
And bring you flowers, spring blow.

In hope that these sweet blossoms
And songs that swell the heart
Bring kind felicitations
On a day for you apart.

We've come not out of pity
For one who suffered pain
But with a happy amity
To a court of kingly reign.

To a country of pleasant freedom
Where the monarch's gentle hand
Leads on to Jesus' kingdom
In a happy Christian land.

Not you, but we, the weak are,
Your life here, day by day
Sends us a ringing challenge
From a strength that's learned to pray.

In humble supplication
Our pride before the fall
For thou hast that real kingliness
That comes from serving all.

We would that we might learn from thee
Some measure of this art
That Jesus brought to you and me
To heal a troubled heart.

Perhaps there are no lilies
To serve thy teaching hand
But thou hast learned His gentleness
And learned to understand.

Ours be the debt! May we repay
The courage that you send
On this thy honored Sabbath Day
By making Christ our friend.


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  • Created by: Thomas Allen
  • Added: 27 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101365276
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rex Seymour White (13 May 1894–28 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101365276, citing Round Lake Cemetery, Knox, Starke County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Thomas Allen (contributor 46501215) .