The Lubbock Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2466 laid their post commander to rest Monday, a week after an accident claimed his life.
Ancile "Al" White, 76, had served as commander of Post 2466 since 2008.
The Lubbock VFW provided this obituary:
Ancile (Al) White 1936 - 2012 Ancile (Al) White Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and loving husband of Jeannie White was taken from us on Sunday afternoon, 2nd of September in an accident while working for the VFW that he loved so much.
He believed that one of the most important missions in his life was to help soldiers in need and he could best do that by helping make the VFW a safe refuge for our veterans. His tireless efforts to help others kept him busy and happy. Since 2008, he has served as Commander of the Lubbock VFW post 2466 where he has gained recognition nationally for his exceptional service.
He served his country in the Air Force stationed in Viet Nam where he received several medals including the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
He retired honorably as a Sr. Master Sergeant after being stationed all over the world.
After retirement from the military, he was employed with the Postal Service where he retired a second time after many years of service. He was a member of the Kiwanis, a past Chaplin with the Disabled American Veterans and a weekly volunteer at the Lubbock VA clinic.
Al was on a committee to have a veteran's hospital built in Lubbock at Texas Tech and he was on a World War II veteran committee called the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner and a Deacon at Redbud Baptist Church and Youth Leader.
He supported many charities including the local food bank, Salvation Army and local Law Enforcement. Al and his wife were regular members of the Jim Taylor Bible Study Class at LakeRidge Methodist Church. He was a part time driver for Lone Star Auction twice and week and sang tenor in the Lubbock Chorale and Orchestra. Al touched so many lives with his unwavering generosity and dedication to minister and counsel those less fortunate or just in need of a friend.
Many people owe their very lives to this good man such as Robin Hughs who was added to his family and raised as one of his daughters. He will be sorely missed.
Al White was born in Idaho, graduated from San Francisco, California High School and joined the National Guard. When he became of age, he joined the Air Force.
His brother, Edward White, preceded him in death. Al is survived by his wife, Jeannie of Lubbock; daughters, Ann-Paige White and Heather White both of Lubbock, Julie Ann Malouf from Corpus Christi, LoRisa Jill Fouch from Kansas; stepson, Rick Hogan and stepdaughter, Cindy Hogan-Cross both of Dallas; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nephew, Nicolas White, an active duty Army soldier stationed in Kansas.
Memorial services were held at the LakeRidge Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2012 followed by full military graveside services conducted by his comrades of the VFW and the USAF. The (American) Legion Riders acted as escorts to the City of Lubbock Cemetery. The VFW Auxiliary and members of the Jim Taylor Bible Study Class provided lunch for the family following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2466 at:
Veterans of Foreign Wars
PO Box 3126
Lubbock, TX, 79452