Dr. Don A. White, 77, passed away at home from a massive heart attack Sunday night, February 21, 2021. He was born In Gorman, Texas, on February 16, 1944; the last born in a set of triplets of which only two survived.
Don was predeceased by both parents, Alto & Ora White, as well as younger sister Clora & younger brother Robert.
He is survived by wife Mary White; daughter Mary Holt; fraternal twin brother Ronald White & wife Elaine of New Jersey; grandson Michael VanCurine; granddaughter Amber VanCurine & great-grandchildren Roman, Junior, Adrian, & Evelyn. Don is also survived by wife Mary’s children:
*Benjamin Pardue & wife Christine + children Anna & Alex;
*Matthew Pardue & wife Catherine + children Ari, Patrick, & Addison;
*Christopher Pardue & wife Brandy + children Sebastian & Johnnie;
All mentioned relatives except Don’s twin live locally in Fort Worth, Mid-Cities, Weatherford, & Mansfield. Many friends and family members such as cousins, nephews, nieces, etc., also grieve over Don’s passing.
Don attended Bible college at TWC; Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO; Landmark Baptist College in Fair Oaks, CA; Baptist Christian College in Shreveport, LA; & online with Salt Lake Bible College in Taylorsville, Utah. He earned a Master of Divinity degree & Doctor of Theology as well as receiving several deferred degrees. Teaching at one of several colleges, he wrote a book that was required for classes called “The Hypostatic Union: the Great God-Man.”
Don served a tour in the Army, stationed in Germany as his lieutenant’s driver & aide. Also serving as a chaplain, he took over the barracks rec room for use as a chapel & packed it out each week! As a chaplain in Vietnam, he saw many troops in their final moments of life; it was a horror of war he chose not to speak about… While in Germany, he mentored several “preacher boys” who saw God work in miraculous ways in Don’s ministry, resulting in solidifying their calling.
With excitement over a shared vision & spiritual goals, Don & Mary began their own ministry, “Mercy Ministries,” which was part of their primary outreach to nursing homes but also included filling pulpits, & doing weddings & funerals. The Lord blessed their faithful work with 6 nursing homes on a monthly basis in the Tarrant County area. The ministry was received with excitement by several African pastors, each of whom requested Bible curriculum, teaching materials, & even personal trips for revivals. The trips couldn’t be achieved but the rest could, praise God!
As one can see, Don’s life consisted of two things – preaching Jesus & loving Mary as his wife, partner, best friend, & encourager. He was a continual example to her of how God’s love is unconditional & made real in a believer’s life, & is missed greatly by her. You may send written condolences to Lone Star Cremation at the web address given in the service program; in lieu of flowers or other gifts, donations may be sent to one of several options also listed in the program.
At a future date, there will be a military honors ceremony at the VA National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, where Don’s cremains will be placed in a columbarium. Notification of date & time may be known by sending Mary an email, text, or post on FaceBook.