Carrol Neil White, our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away in Brookings on Dec. 6, 2018, without a murmur or complaint, and was reunited with his sweetheart, Mary Ellen.
Cuddy was born Oct. 2, 1924, in Oakville, Washington, to Shannon O. White and Leona Mary Bailey. He was the second son of six children. He was a talented young child who was gifted musically. He had a wonderful singing voice, and he shared this talent with many throughout his long life, performing often.
He lived in the state of Washington until 1936 when he moved with his parents to Medford. He graduated from Medford High School in 1942 after which, he attended what was the Oregon State College for a time until he was drafted into the Navy in 1944. He served in the South Pacific on the USS Laurens, APA 153, as a gunner’s mate and participated in the invasion of Luzon as well as the invasion of Okinawa. Ships around him were struck by kamikaze planes, but he returned unscathed and met Mary Ellen Golden on Aug. 10, 1945. They were married on April 27, 1946, and later sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Dec. 5, 1951.
In 1955, the family moved to Grants Pass where the family lived until 1974. During this time Cuddy worked at Rogue Gold Dairy and Arden Farms Dairy. He was a faithful and devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the bishopric of the Grants Pass Ward as well as a missionary, sharing his testimony of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel with many who were converted.
Cuddy retired in 1988 and he and Mary Ellen toured the U.S. and later served as temple workers in the Portland and Medford Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They also traveled to Canada, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Mexico and Hawaii.
Cuddy was devoted to his six children, two sons and four daughters, as well as his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved little children and even in his 80s would get down on the floor and play with them. Cuddy was universally loved by all who knew him, and he leaves a name and a fame to his family for his many stories which he often told about his experiences and the many times his life was spared. They also remember him for the kindness and love he always showed to them. His faithfulness and patience were a shining example to his family. His name and memory will be held in honor and reverence from generation to generation.
Special thanks to Karolyn and Robert Pieren who cared for their father and father-in-law the last two years preceding his death.
Cuddy was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ellen, soon after they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary; his parents; his brothers, Arvid N. White and E. Lyle White; as well as his sister, Lila White Hyde.
He is survived by his six children, Larry (Janice) White, Karolyn (Robert) Pieren, Shawna (David) Peay, Angela (Jamie) Burton, Lisa (Paul) Barnes, David (Amy) White as well as two brothers Philip L. White and Shannon C. White. He was the proud grandfather of 36 grandchildren and 103 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Brookings Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 770 Elk Drive.
Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road, Eagle Point.