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John Daniel White III

February 28, 1945 - January 18, 2022

U.S. Veteran

A celebration of John’s life will be conducted at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, with Rev. Adam White officiating. The family requests that those attending the service please wear a mask.

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John Daniel White III, 76, of Lynchburg, VA, died Tuesday, January 18, 2022.  He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Jane Woody White.

John was born February 28, 1945, in Lynchburg, VA, oldest son of the late John Daniel White Jr. and the late Elizabeth Ralph White.  He was a graduate of EC Glass High School (Class of ‘65) and went on to serve in the U.S. Army. After his service, he returned to Lynchburg where he married his sweetheart, and they started a family. John spent most of his professional career working as an estimator and project manager in the construction industry and retired from JE Jamerson & Son in 2005.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, John Scott White (Susan Spielman) of Basalt, CO; his daughter, Laura White (Andrew Vessey) of Raleigh, NC; granddaughters, Lydia and Lexi Vessey of Raleigh, NC; brother, Dicky White (Sandy) of Rustburg; sisters-in-law, Betty Taylor (Cliff) of Lynchburg, and Jo White of Providence Forge.

He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Burton Brooks (Maryann Divina) of Richmond, Johanna Davis (Brian) of West Point, Heather Husser (David) of Lynchburg, Chip White (Carrie) of Providence Forge, Leigh Ann White (James Camden) of Lynchburg, and Nathan White (Carrie) of Lynchburg. He was also blessed with 9 great nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his brother, Link White, and his nephew, Brian Brooks.

John was many things to many people, but most people will agree that he was intelligent, kind, and strong. He had a great laugh that not nearly enough people got to hear, and the most beautiful blue eyes that unfortunately did not get passed along to either of his children. He did however pass along his strong work ethic, sense of right and wrong, and integrity.

John’s most fierce ally and friend was his wife, Jane, who he loved with all of his heart. They were partners in every sense of the word, and, in a surprise to no one, she has been by his side throughout his health issues.

John was also very close with his brothers, Link and Dicky. And while Link preceded him in death, his relationship with Dicky had just grown stronger in recent years.

Over the course of his life, he learned to fly and sail – both of which brought him great peace; spent countless hours operating amateur radios; volunteered extensively with the Red Cross; and somehow always managed to be in just the right place to help animals when they needed him most.

A celebration of John’s life will be conducted at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, with Rev. Adam White officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the American Red Cross or the Lynchburg Humane Society.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit

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