In addition to his wife, of forty three years, Mary Helen Daye, he leaves to cherish the memory of his life, two adopted sons, Staff Sgt. Gerrick Dewayne White of the U.S. Air Force and Anthony White of Statesville; three adopted daughters, Tina White, Patrice Stevenson, and Treva White, all of Statesville; a brother, Fred Daye of Statesville; one grandchild, Summer M. Smith; two brothers-in-law, Roosevelt (Bertha) White and Charles White both of Statesville; five sisters-in-law, Annie Ruth White, Hazel White, Connie Daye, Clara Daye and Sarah Daye, all of Statesville; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
"He was bent over holding his chest, " said Patrice Stevenson, a family friend who was visiting when the injured youth arrived. "He said 'Get me a towel and hold it here.' "