Jessie Earl White was born in Slocum, Alabama on October 23, 1938, to his parents, the late Jessie Lee and the late Eula Mae White. As a young child, he and his family relocated to Orlando, Florida where he attended Orange County Public Schools.
Earl, as he was affectionately called by many, had a passion for the sport of boxing and earned the opportunity to train professionally; meaning he had skills. His other passion was fishing the ocean. Being a career entrepreneur gave him the flexibility to go boating often.
For over 40 years, Earl worked as a contractor and landscaper for the Bay Hill Association. He was a hard worker and a man of wisdom who was always willing to advise those in his company by setting the example. He would often teach the importance of wholesome families and self-leadership. Earl was a light to those who were in darkness.
His family meant everything to him and he took much pride in being a loving and devoted father, grandfather, and friend. Earl will always be remembered as a powerful and strong man of his word, who invested his life showing and not just telling others the right things to do in life.
Jessie was preceded in death by his father – Jessie Lee White; mother – Eula Mae White; wife – Cynthia B. Thompson; brother – Clyde White; son – Jessie Earl White, Jr.; daughter – Cynthia White Heath; grandson – Jonnie White, Jr.
He leaves behind to cherish and continue his legacy of love: daughters – Deborah Collins, Joyce White, Mitchel White, Brandy N. Shepherd, Sheena E. Shepherd; stepdaughter – Kelly Renee Thompson; sons – Jonnie White, Walter White; stepsons – James Earl Lumas, Larry Lee Shepherd, Allen Maurice Thompson; sister – Dianne White Gilliam; nieces – Dana Murphy, Lashunda Nunnery; nephews – Kawamus Gilliam, Jason Gilliam; grandchildren – Jackie White, Jennifer White, Lariana Jones, Jestria Jones, Blaine Beckford, Jr., Jasmine Lumas, Jaylah Lumas, Trayvon Lumas, Alexis Cooper, Katherine Cooper, Brandon White, Rashaun White, Anthony White; and a host of great-grandchildren; great-nieces, and great-nephews.