Family of Wold War II veteran in Virginia asking vets to attend his funeral

Julia LeDoux
July 29, 2019 - 10:18 am
Bill and Tiffany White

WTVR

The family of a World War II veteran from Petersburg, Virginia is inviting veterans to attend his funeral this week.

Army Sgt. William "Bill" White died July 17 at the age of 98. His granddaughter, Tiffany White, said the family would like veterans to attend the visitation and funeral in honor of the man they loved so much.

"I would just like to see as many veterans show up. Grandpa was all about thanking people for their service," she told WTVR.

Tiffany White cared for her grandfather for the past several years. She said he was “the sweetest man you’ve ever meet in your life.”

Bill White
WTVR

"Sometimes I think he thought he was a burden, but I reassured him that it was a blessing to take care of him," she told WTVR..

White initially settled in Petersburg in 1962 and worked for 37 years at a nearby chemical plant before retiring.

"He was very proud of his work," Tiffany said. "He never missed a day. He got perfect attendance for 5 years [and] he got an award for it."

White talked only briefly about his time fighting in Europe, Tiffany told WTVR. An American flag flew outside his home nearly every day.

Bill and Tiffany White
WTVR

Visitation will take place Monday, July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at J.T. Morriss Funeral Home in Petersburg.

White's funeral will be Tuesday at noon at the J.T. Morriss. Interment with military honors will follow at Southlawn Memorial Park.

"Although I hate asking for help this is for someone I love oh so much and just want him to have a proper burial that he deserves," Tiffany White wrote. "A WWII vet shouldn’t have had to worry about how they were going to be buried, so anything helps and I truly appreciate it.”

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