Marvin Ross White
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Marvin Ross White
  • August 6, 1921 - December 24, 2010
  • Clinton, Mississippi

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Marvin Ross White, 89, passed away Friday, December 24, 2010 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Clinton. Visitation will begin one hour before service. Interment will be held in the Clinton Cemetery.

Marvin Ross White was born in Poplarville, MS. He attended Poplarville Grammar School, Poplarville High School, and Pearl River County Agricultural High School. After high school graduation, he enrolled at Pearl River Junior College. While at Pearl River, Dr. White played football and was a member of the college's ROTC.

Upon graduation from Pearl River in 1942, he enlisted in the infantry division of the United States Army and signed up to become a paratrooper. He was a member of the 13th Airborne Division, and he served in France for nine months during World War II. At the end of the war, he married Marjorie Lee Daniels on September 2, 1945.

Dr. White went on to further his education by attending Milsaps College in Jackson, MS, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics. He attended the University of Mississippi, where he earned his Master's Degree in Education, and later received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. White had a long and successful career in education. He began by working in Ocean Springs, MS teaching mathematics and coaching football and basketball. He then returned to Poplarville, where, except for a short period during the Korean War, he remained throughout his career. He began by serving as Principal of the high school for six years. He went on to become Registrar of Pearl River Junior College, and was later appointed to the position of Academic Dean. In 1968, Dr. White became the eighth president of Pearl River Junior College.

During his tenure as president, many improvements were made to the college, including the renovation of Moody Hall and Huff Hall, the addition of a fine arts and nursing complex, a new sports arena, automotive complex, and library addition. In 1970, a vocational-technical center was built in Hattiesburg, MS, allowing PRC to continue to grow and serve students in South Mississippi.

In 1986, Dr. Marvin Ross White ended his thirty-three year career at Pearl River Junior College, having served the longest term of any president.

Dr. White held membership in many clubs and organizations during his lifetime including: MS Junior College Registrar's Association, 4 years, MS Junior College Dean's Association, 6 years, MS Junior College President's Association, 18 years, Poplarville Rotary Club, 34 years, Poplarville Lion's Club, 3 years, and the Pearl River County Republican Party. He served each of these organizations as president for at least one term.

Dr. White and his wife, Marjorie Lee, moved to Clinton, MS, in August 2005, where he lived until his death. He was longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Poplarville, MS, later transferring membership to FUMC in Clinton where he was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School class.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Lyda Sue Winegarden (Pery) of Clinton, MS, and his son, Dr. Calvin White (Lynne) of Ada, OK. Other survivors include his grandchildren Lisa Winegarden DeYoung (Bobby), Laura Winegarden Stambaugh (Jeremy), Layne Winegarden Allen (Robert) all of Clinton, MS, Tyler White (Christen) of Fort Worth, TX, and Sara White Blair (Kyle) of Tulsa, OK. Great-grandchildren are Andrew DeYoung, Hayley DeYoung, Madeline DeYoung, Jack DeYoung, Josh Stambaugh, Hannah Stambaugh, Sarah Beth Stambaugh, and Caroline Allen.

Dr. White was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He spent his life guiding young men and women along the educational paths that would ensure a successful future for them. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.