Our sweet daddy, Charles Sheridan White, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 22, 2017. He was a devoted American who loved his country as well as the great State of Oklahoma. He was born the second of four boys in Checotah, Oklahoma on October 7, 1918 to John Sherman and Alta Pearl White.
Most of his favorite childhood memories are about growing up on a farm with his three brothers. He grew up during the Great Depression when life was about survival as he worked hard on the farm. In growing up, his father was a great influence on him and instilled in him a great work ethic and a deep sense of integrity. As a result, he always gave his best to his work and his family. Although the term may have originally been considered negative, there wasn't much that pleased him more than to be called an "Okie".
Charles was also a great American. He believed America was worth fighting for so he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 during World War II. He flew 51 missions in Europe as a member of a B-24 Crew as part of the 761st Bomb Squad and the 460th Bombardment Group. He was decorated for his service in the European Campaign including the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross for a particular flying mission. In addition, as a civilian he worked as an aerospace electrician for Boeing Aircraft Company and the Civil Service which allowed him to work for NASA on Apollo 8 and Apollo 9 as well as many other defense projects for the U.S. Government.
While Charlie enjoyed yardwork and gardening, one of his greatest pleasures was watching or listening to his beloved New York Yankees or Oklahoma Sooners - he was a true fan.
On August 27, 1945, Charles married the true love of his life, Mary Jane Hogan. They had a happy life together for 71 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brothers; Herbert White, Eual White, and J.M. White. He is survived by his daughters; Juanita Ridgeway of Wichita, KS and Deborah White of OKC, OK, sons; Charles T. White of Wichita, KS; Stephen White (Mary) of Prescott, AZ; and John White (Jane) of Leawood, KS as well as 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
We will honor and celebrate our father's life this Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. with a graveside service at Triplett Cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered by the United States Air Force Funeral Honor Guard.
The family of Charles Sheridan White entrusted his care, services and burial to John & Kim Garrett of Garrett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service 311 SW 2nd, Checotah, OK 74426.
Published on July 27, 2017