James A. White, 84

Funeral services for James Andrew “Sarge” White of Springfield were held Sunday, June 30, 2019, at the Courageous Church in Springfield.

Mr. White, 84, died peacefully on June 20, 2019, at Woodland Manor in Springfield, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 3, 1934, in Gainesville to Francis and Ruby (Davis) White, the third child of eight.

After his birth, the family moved to

Arizona for a brief time; however, he lived in Gainesville for most of his childhood.

He moved to Springfield at the age of 16, where he started working at Raymond Stafford’s farm. At the age of 18, he began working at the Springfield Stockyards, which is where he acquired the nickname “Sarge.”

While working at the stockyards, he met his wife, Shirley.

They were blessed with 62 years of marriage.

The two most-important things to him were his love of God and his love for his family. He received his salvation in 1956 and helped pioneer the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in 1964 at a storefront on College Street in Springfield. They then moved to a building on Brower Street, now the location for the Ozark Technical Community College. In 1968, they laid the cornerstone for a new church, Truth Tabernacle (now Courageous Church). He later became a member of New Beginnings Fellowship.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, in 2017; his parents; two sisters, Betty Shafer and Wilma White; and one brother, Eugene White.

Survivors include his six children, Vicky and husband Terry Kleier, Sherry and husband Louis Jennings, Myra and husband Steve Hennigh, Charles and wife Beth White, Ranesa and husband Jimmy Young, Ashley and husband Nick Goins; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Frank White, Bonnie White, Velma Cummings and Junior White.