Brady Herald Newspaper
16 February 1965
W. N. (Willie) White, 86 said to be the oldest living native of McCulloch
County, died in Brady Hospital at 11 p.m. Thursday, after a two month's
Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Bill Boswell, pastor of the First Christian Church, conducting. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
A ranchman, Mr. White was born Jan. 18, 1879, in McCulloch County, and had lived all of his life here. He was married to Nina Willoughby on June 18, 1903, in Brady, and they observed their sixty-first wedding anniversary last June. He and his wife had lived at 704 South Bridge Street in Brady.
A director of the Commercial National Bank of Brady for about 50 years, Mr. White owned extensive ranching interests in the Mercury community of McCulloch County.
Most maps of the state designate the geographical center of Texas on a part of the White & Co. ranch west of the Mercury community. "I've owned that land since 1902," Mr. White once told a newspaper reporter, "and one section has always been designated as the geographical center of Texas," he said.
Mr. White was a prominent worker at the time of his death. He had served in many capacities on the church board, and was instrumental in building the present structure in 1928.
Mr. White was quite a historian, and enjoyed relating incidents that occurred during the old days, often recalling the struggles his and other families were forced to endure. And he often spoke of the floods that overflowed Brady Creek, and ran through the town square.
Mr. White loved sports, especially baseball, and was said to have been the ace pitcher on Brady's first baseball team.
Survivors include his wife, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Wulff, Sr., of Brady. A brother, G. Rollie White, prominent Brady rancher and banker, died on Feb. 2. Two other brothers both prominent McCulloch County ranchers, Johnny White and C. T. White preceded him in death, as did a sister, Mrs. John Wall.
Pall bearers were Charles Darley, E.L. Bodenhamer, George Carrithers, Marion Dale Rice, Jack Keyser, Don Neal, Son Bratton and William Norton Matthews.
Submitted by: Louann