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Herman Augusta White

December 1, 1921 ~ August 11, 2019 (age 97)

Obituary

They say time heals all wounds.   I like to believe that’s true, but I also know that sometimes a hurt is so big that it may take a lifetime to heal.  That was the case for a local Perry man, Herman Augusta White.    Today, with no immediate family left behind to mourn his loss, we will gather to say goodbye and tell his story.

Herman was born on December 1, 1921 in Wayside, Oklahoma—the son of Andrew Thomas White and Zula Mae Logan White.  Herman’s childhood is a mystery to us today.  We know that he survived The Great Depression (1929-1939) being only eight years old when the stock market crashed.  I can assume that Herman learned to be frugal and inventive as a young boy during this time. 

As Herman became an adult, we can suppose he worked a hard job like men around these parts do.  We know he worked in the oil and gas field for many years.  The men who give their hearts to the oilfield are a tough breed.  They are up at dawn, carrying heavy chains all day, and come home dirty, tired, and hungry.

 Herman was blessed to have the love of his life waiting for him at home.  Her name was Evelyn Gertrude Leniger White.  The two were joined in holy matrimony on September 24, 1941 at the Baptist Church of Broken Arrow.  We can only imagine how they met, where he proposed, and the size of the wedding.  But one thing we don’t have to imagine is how great their love was.  Herman never recovered from the loss of Evelyn in 1998 and their only son, Mickey in 1999.

At the tender age of 24, Herman watched along with a grief-stricken nation, as footage of the Pearl Harbor attack was aired.  I had not yet been not born when that happened, so I can only try to conjure up the emotions he felt that day.  I remember, instead, how I felt on September 11, 2001—fear, shock, grief, and anger. 

Herman left his new bride on May 7, 1945 and entered active duty in the U.S. Navy.  He served his Naval Training Center at San Diego, California, then was stationed aboard the USS Muliphen (AKA 61) where he fought against America’s enemies in the Pacific campaign.  Herman’s Naval Air Station was in Orange, Texas.  He achieved a rank of Seaman Second Class V-6 USNR-SV.  Herman White was awarded the Victory Medal as well as the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.  Although he may have been scared, Herman was brave in the face of danger.  It is because of courageous men like Mr. White that we are free today.  After serving for one year, Herman returned home to his wife and started a family. 

Mickey was born on December 19, 1951 in Perry.  The couple doted on Mickey.  We know this because their family home is filled with photos of Mickey as a boy, his school awards, and mementos from family vacations. 

After the loss of his family,  Herman found himself alone for the last twenty years of his life.  He spent his days playing dominos at the Perry Senior Citizens Center and drinking coffee at Mr. C’s convenience store.  He was a quiet man, never saying much.  He preferred. instead, to keep his home life private while he waited to be reunited with his family once more. 

On August 11, 2019, the Lord called Herman home to his beloved wife and child.  Oh, what a joyous reunion that must have been. 

 

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Services

Viewing
Friday
August 30, 2019

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Brown-Dugger Funeral Home Chapel
1010 N. 7th
Perry, OK 73077

Viewing
Tuesday
September 3, 2019

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Brown-Dugger Funeral Home Chapel
1010 N. 7th
Perry, OK 73077

Graveside Service
Wednesday
September 4, 2019

10:00 AM
Grace Hill Cemetery
501 Memorial Drive
Perry, OK 73077

Please note
. Herman White Order of Service: Process to the cemetery from the funeral home. Leave funeral home at 9:15 a.m. drive to Grace Hill 500 Memorial Drive Perry, OK Navy Unis will carry casket to bier, as bag piper plays Memorial Boy 10:00 a.m. Ceremonies begin. 1) Opening remarks- Funeral Home 2) Pledge of allegiance and Pledge to the Oklahoma Flag- Rebecca Raines 3) Letter from President read by Master Sargent William Thorn 4.) Admiral Slavonic letter read by Bennett Beard on behalf of Congressman Frank Lucas 5) National Anthem and Dove Release sung by Ms. Oklahoma Aiya Kelley 6) Moment of silence- Pastor Kim Hayes 7) 23rd Psalm- Ervin Bier American Legion 8) Song- Oklahoma by____________? 9) Dist. State Senator Chuck Hall speech 10) Bag Piper Curtis Burns- Amazing Grace 11) Letter from Governor Kevin Stitt- read by Doyle American Legion 12) Pastor Kim Hayes Eulogy 13) Balloon release and Song-Proud to be an AMERICAN By Natalie Scoggins Smith and fireworks, Red White and Blue. 14) Patriot Guard presentation 15) Flag presentation, rifle volley, tapps played live by 16 y/o Benjamin Egan. 16) Closing Remarks- Funeral Home- Played by Natalie Scoggins Smith We have invited President Donald Trump, Governor Kevin Stitt, Mayor Gordon Johnson, Toby Keith, Reba, Vince Gill, all ship crew members form his ship the USS Muliphen (AKA61), and Family Members of all Oklahoma medal of honor recipients. Honoring America's Warriors, Bikers for Trump, Patriot Guard Riders, The Eagle Riders, Freedom Riders, Noble County Independent Bikers, and several other groups will be in attendance.

Donations

Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997
Web: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345
Web: http://www.cancer.org/

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