LELAND — Graveside services for James Kermit “Jelly” White, 77, of Leland, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Bogue Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. CeDell Raggs officiating. He died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at King Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Arrangements are under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Leland.
He was born Aug. 29, 1943, to Henry F. and Mary L. White. He was the seventh of eight children. He confessed Christ at an early age. James was a member of Pleasant Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Leland, where he served on the Usher Board. James received his formal education in the Leland School District in Leland. After graduation, he attended Mississippi Valley State College in Itta Bena. He worked many jobs, but James loved carpentry and was quite freehearted to many with his trade. He developed many creative ideas in his work, but when the work was over, he loved to dance and have fun. He was usually the life of the party.
James was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Henry F. White; and four sisters, Mary Earl Hopkins, Cleola Chappel, Joyce Snow and Sarah Lloyd.
James leaves to mourn three children, Anthony Sartin (Yolanda), of Lockport, Illinois, Dorothy Harris-Meyers (Curtis), of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Dion White, of Greenville; two grandsons, Blake Sartin of Lockport, Illinois, and Anthony Meyers, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; one granddaughter, Brooke Sartin, of Lockport, Illinois; two siblings: Anne Phillips, of Cedar Fall, Iowa, and Lawrence Alexander (Barbara Ann), of Leland; and a host of nieces and nephews.