Edwin C. White IV - Blytheville

Friday, November 26, 2004

Edwin C. White IV, 52, of Blytheville died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at his residence. Born in Kansas City, Mo., he served on the board of the Arkansas Broadcasting Association, was past vice president of the association and was a member of the Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City.

He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and graduated in 1974 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He served as news director for Subury Broadcast from 1974 until 1979, when he took a job with KAIT in Jonesboro. He worked at KAIT until 1990, returning to Blytheville to again work in radio. White moderated the annual "Prom Night: Don't Wreck It" event presented annually to school children by Mississippi County emergency response agencies in an effort to curb teenage drinking, and had served as a moderator for the all-night American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraiser since it was first held in Mississippi County nearly seven years ago.

He assisted the Blytheville Emergency Squad with any endeavors and fundraisers conducted by the Arkansas Northeastern College.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Lucas White of the home; a stepson, Alan-Mikal Gaston of Altus, Okla.; two brothers, Stephen White and James White, both of Kansas City; a sister, Anne White of Kansas City; and two grandchildren, Heather and Jonathan Williams of Holland, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Clay White III and Guinotte White.

The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Ross officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Fred Chambers, Rogerio Medeiros, Jim Shemwell, George Hubbard, Jim McClain and Steve McGuire.

Thomas Dryden and Jim McMahan served as honorary pallbearers.

The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis or Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum.