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Columbia Missourian

Virgil White, 94, who served in World War II, dies

By Missourian staff
July 2, 2013 | 7:18 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Virgil "Cotton" White of Columbia died Monday, July 1, 2013. He was 94.

Mr. White was born Feb. 11, 1919, in Ashland to Floyd and Cleo Crump White.

On Sept. 30, 1939, White married Pauline Pace.

Mr. White was a World War II veteran, serving in France and the Philippines.

He was an avid Missouri basketball fan and enjoyed fishing at the family cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. He was a member of the Masons and the Foreign Legion.

Mr. White is survived by his wife, Pauline; two sons, Richard White and his wife, Dee, of Columbia and Stan White and his wife, Leeann, of Moberly; three siblings, Erma Crane of Columbia, Frank White and his wife, Pam, of Ashland and Dale White and his wife, Darlene, of Houston; five grandchildren, Rich White and his wife, Taren, of Columbia, Tom White of Boonville, Susan Crescini and her husband, Anthony, of Allen, Texas, Clinton White and his wife, Sarah, of Rolla, and Mary Van Cleve and her husband, Ross, of Moberly; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday and last until the time of service. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Two brothers, Robert Lee White and Wallace White,  and a sister, Irene Jaeger, died earlier.

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