Our long-time dear friend and loved one, Freddie Lee White, of Logan, WV, died Wednesday, November 25, 2020, after a long illness.
He was born September 27, 1934, to Hurxtle and Elvira White McNealy, and by the time he was in 5th Grade, he was reading the newspaper comic strips as “Freddie and the Funnies” on the radio. He later worked as a DJ for WLOG in Logan through high school and college.
Freddie attended West Virginia University for two years and graduated with a B.S. in business and a B.A. in teaching from Marshall University. Soon after, he earned a master’s degree plus 30 hours from Marshall as well. In a real-life version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Fred served 6 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and became a fixture as a beloved teacher at Logan High School for 34 years. Staying close to his calling for the airwaves, Fred became the “Voice of the Wildcats” and after his retirement, he was inducted into the Logan Wildcat Hall of Fame. In addition to his dedicated teaching, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Logan for more than 60 years and had attended there since birth. He served there as a deacon, worship leader, Sunday School teacher, and youth leader. His passion for politics, history, and sports was legendary and expansive, and he pursued a lifelong learning as a voracious reader and a regular participant in Indiana University’s summer mini-university course offerings for years.
In addition to his parents, Freddie is preceded in death by one sister, Carol Ann White, and her infant son.
He leaves a truly inspiring legacy in his surviving family: his devoted wife of 55 years, Margie; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Swindell of Teays Valley; son-in-law, Chris Swindell; one granddaughter, Kelly Swindell, 25, of Lexington, KY; two fur baby grand dogs: Skittles and Lady.
He loved much, cherished that which was truly precious, and lived 87 years with modesty, devotion to service, and a fervent desire to return to his home country where he now resides. Freddie’s life is proof that greatness is not what we achieve or amass but is, instead, best measured by how we invest in those around us.
Thanks for the memories, Fred. Cue the closing track. The mic is silent, and the on-air light is dark for the final time.
Graveside services will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill, WV, with Rev. John E. Godby officiating.
Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Chapmanville, WV, is in charge of the arrangements.
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