James Ray WhiteSeptember 24, 1947 ~ January 19, 2017 (age 69)
James Ray White passed away at home at the age of 69, due to natural causes on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. A California native, James was born in San Francisco to George Washington and Carol Adele Knoll White in 1947. He grew up in both California and Oregon and was exposed in his youth to rural settings that fostered an early love of hunting, a love that he passed on to others. James honorably served his country as a young man in Vietnam, a proud member of the 101st Airborne. He retired from the Mare Island shipyard as a welding inspector, where he spent many years building submarines for the U.S. Navy. He supported the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a very active member of every community he lived in.
James eventually moved to Mariposa from St. Helena, Calif. in retirement, to help his loving partner of 26 years, Corliss Meyer, care for her elderly mother Geneva Callegari. He married Nancy Carr in 1968 and together they had one daughter, Stacy Lynn Baxley-White. Nancy passed away in 1987. James is survived by his sister Margaret White of Oregon and his daughter Stacy; his grandchildren, Bianca Baxley and her fiancé Steven Wellner, Haley Baxley, Frankie Jr. Baxley and his great grandson, Giovanni Wellner. He is also survived by Corliss Meyer, three daughters, Nanette Mervin, Michele Kesner and Wendy Meyer; and six grandchildren, Cooper and Maude Mervin, Ruby and Henry Kesner and Mitchell and Toby Britton, who all affectionately knew and loved him as “Papa”.
James had a great love of vintage cars, antiques, old westerns, softball, and spending time with his nine grandchildren and great grandson. He was quite the shade tree mechanic, having restored many a Jeep. He was quite the man, having shared many a laugh and a good story. He was the guy who always showed up with donuts. James will be remembered as a kind gentleman with a great sense of humor and a loving, giving spirit. He gave to his country, his community, and his family, asking little in return. He will be dearly and deeply missed by all of those that knew and loved him.
James R. White is to be interred at Greenwood Memorial Garden, and he requested that no services be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Mariposa Veterans of Foreign Wars.