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Dennis Lee White Jr., 68, of Crossville, passed away Feb. 28, 2017, in Nashville, TN. He was born on Oct. 30, 1948, in Miami, FL, to Dennis Lee White Sr. and Audry Haas White, who had moved to Miami from Charleston, WV. The family moved back to Charleston where another son, Daniel, was born. They then moved to Cleveland, OH, area where Dennis Sr. found work at Ford Motor Company in Brookpark, OH.
Dennis graduated from Berea High School, attended Cuyahoga County Community College and joined the United States Navy in 1970. He was stationed in Galveston, TX, where he met Kathy, and they married in Durant, OK, in 1972. Their daughter, April Leigh, was born in 1973. The family moved to Ohio in 1974 when Dennis got out of the Navy. He had a job waiting at Ford Motor Company where he had been working before he joined the Navy. A son, Dennis Lee White III, was born in 1976, and another son, Matthew Daniel, was born in 1985. Dennis retired in 2004 to Crossville, where he and Kathy bought a home in 2003.
Dennis loved traveling and had been to all 50 states and several countries. He also was in bands in Ohio, as a teenager in the Mysterions, and later in the Summertime Blues and played in a lot of locations in Northern Ohio. He was in a band in Crossville for a while, Special Delivery. Dennis played the guitar, the keyboard and sang. He had played the trumpet in school. He also loved photography, gardening and golf. He was in a league, the Liars and Cheaters, since 2004. He loved living in Crossville, and he loved his family and took wonderful care of all of them.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, April Leigh White Sales (Sean), Dennis Lee White III and Matthew Daniel White (Laura); grandchildren, Haylee Evelyn Hurray, Shelby Leigh Sales and Felix John White; and brother, Daniel D.White (Sherry).
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A visitation will be held Friday, March 3, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, March 7, in Berea, OH, at the American Legion Post 91 from 6 to 8 p.m. EST.
Published on March 2, 2017
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