Charles Edward White Sr.

Published 5:05 pm Monday, December 24, 2018

Charles Edward White Sr., of Suffolk, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2018, at Concordia Assisted Living — Nansemond Commons. Charles was born in Perquimans County on March 8, 1933, to the late Jacob L. and Artemesia Towe White. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Nell Cartwright White, and their daughter, Terrie Ann White; sister, Mary Pascoe Overton; and brothers, Jake, Joe and Frank White.

He was the owner of Starr Motors Inc., which he and his wife, Nell, started in 1962 in Suffolk. Mr. White was a founding member of VIADA, where he served on the board in numerous positions and was awarded the Virginia Quality Dealer of the year in 1985. In 1990, he became a Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge Franchise dealer in Suffolk. He was a member of the Elks Club and a longtime member of West End Baptist Church.

He is survived by his sons, Charles E. White Jr. and wife, Jackie, and Clay K. White and wife, Susan; grandchildren, Charles Edward White III, Lindsey Elizabeth White, Courtney Janson White, Olivia White Howell and husband, Sam, and C.J. White; sisters, Peggy W. Dudley, of Hertford, and Ralph White and wife, JoAnn, of Hampton; sisters-in-law, Anne White, of Hertford, N.C., and Ella Brooks of Olympia, Wash., as well as several nieces and nephews.

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A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at Cedarwood Cemetery in Hertford, N.C. with the Rev. Chester Brown officiating. A visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to West End Baptist Church, 110 James Ave., Suffolk, VA 23434. Online condolences may be registered at