Edward Folsom White, 96, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, under the care of Kindred Hospice.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Maple City Community Church, with his nephew, the Rev. Jay Clapp, officiating. A military burial will follow at Maple City Cemetery. Pallbearers are his nephews: John Clapp, Trey Clapp, Buddy Thomas, Nicholas Noble, Clint McClure and Trey Michael Clapp.
Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City.
Memorial contributions can be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1254 and Kindred Hospice. Contributions can be left in care of the funeral home.
Ed was born on Sept. 5, 1923, in Magazine, Ark., the son of John Wesley and Frances Willard (Folsom) White. Ed quit school to join the Navy when he turned 17 after World War II was declared. He began active duty on Feb. 20, 1942, serving on the USS Ralph Talbot destroyer. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 11, 1945.
Ed’s father was the telegraph operator for the Rock Island Railroad in Magazine, Ark., where Ed was raised and attended school. He inherited his father’s love of words and was an avid reader of Louis L’Amour westerns. Ed enjoyed fishing and gardening and was a storyteller to anyone who had the time to listen to his detailed true stories about his war days and about all the ranches and ships he was the head cook on. He was the head chef on the USS Ralph Talbot and after the war became a chef at numerous ranches throughout the western states.
Ed married Sue Dell on Jan. 10, 1947, in Russellville, Ark., and had a son, John Wesley White. The couple later divorced, and Ed continued to travel the country as a chef on cattle ranches and ships in the Pacific.
Ed made his permanent home in 1987 in Cedar Vale and married Vina Bowman on June 5, 1992, in Reno, Nev. She preceded him in death in 2002. After Ed’s health started to decline, he moved to the Kansas Veterans Home in March 2016. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Something he was very proud of was obtaining his high school diploma in 2003 from Booneville Ark. Ed loved visits from his nieces and nephews. He always had stories to share, and he made sure to have enough candy to pass out to each of them.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Johnie Clapp and Eva Eubanks; and wife, Vina.
Survivors include his son, John Wesley White and wife, Anna, of Arlington, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews, including special niece, Carma Olsen, whom he helped to raise, Carlene Harbeson, Johnie Grace Duggan, Chris Christopher, Carl Clapp Jr., David Clapp and Frances Noble; and many lifelong friends.