Mr. Irving Harris White III was called home to be with the Lord on the evening of Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Irving lived a full 72 years surrounded by his loving family all of whom will miss him dearly.
He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, but was a Richmond County native at heart having lived here since the age of two. Irving was the son of the late Irving Harris White Jr. and Lottie Fay Cain White.
In his youth, Irving was remembered for his mischievous charm. He was described as “always getting into something,” whether that be playing practical jokes on customers at the Colonial Grocery Store or climbing up flag poles just to make others laugh. He enjoyed fishing and hunting when he was younger, hobbies that he would continue to love as the years would go by.
After graduating high school in 1968 from Hamlet High School, Irving would serve in the U.S. Navy before working on the railroad for almost 40 years. Irving was a member of First Baptist Church in Hamlet and he loved being a member of the MML Sunday school class. He still loved hunting and fishing, but as he got older he became more captivated with golf. He was a classic film connoisseur — having a love for older movies.
Irving absolutely loved and adored his family, especially his wife Julia, to whom he was married to for 50 years. Together the two made many long, lasting memories, especially around Christmas. Christmas in the White household was unlike any other. Christmas was their holiday. There were massive trees decorated to the nines, his daughters, grandchildren and extended family would spend Christmas Eve night through Christmas day at his home and he would proudly serve up his famous sausage biscuits to everyone there. That was a White Family Christmas.
When someone thinks of Irving and the man he was, let it be a memory of laughter and love. Irving White, the man that is known for making the best pancakes and chicken wings, the man that loved old movies, grape Kool-Aid and sprinkling sugar on his rice is a man that will truly be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Irving is survived by his wife, Julia York White; and two daughters, Corey White Davis (Gene) of Rockingham, and Candice White Nolan (Chris) of Hamlet; grandchildren, Trace Davis, Caden Nolan, Camden Nolan and Avery Davis; and sister Donna Fay Holt of Conway, South Carolina.
A memorial service will be held in honor of Mr. White, Friday, Dec. 16 at First Baptist Church in Hamlet, North Carolina, with Dr. Allison Farrah officiating. The family will receive friends and visitors between 12:30–2 p.m. prior to the service. Services will commence immediately afterwards.
Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church, Hamlet and Richmond County Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at watson-kingfuneralhome.com. Watson-King Funeral Home in Hamlet is serving the White Family.