Henry E. White Jr., 85, passed away on July 1, 2016, due to complications from a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He is now back with his beloved wife in heaven.
Henry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother to his family. He was born in Detroit, Mich., where he met the love of his life, Joanne, who preceded him in passing. Henry and Joanne made their way to Williamsburg, where they established their permanent homestead in 1967. This is where Henry found and built his dream of owning a family restaurant, The Aberdeen Barn, which today is owned and managed by Henry’s son, Dennis White.
Henry loved the military; he served in the U.S. Army as a young man. He also loved music and played drums in a band as a young man. He loved his music so much that the caregivers at WindsorMeade (which he called home for the last several years) bought him an iPod so he could listen to music and they could enjoy his toe tapping and humming along. His family wishes to thank the WindsorMeade family that cared for and loved him over the years. He considered each of them his family and loved them all.
Henry, who often was called “the Big H,” is survived by his brother, Donald White (Marilyn) of Detroit; his six children, Daniel White (Mary) of Gloucester; Cheryl Voliva (Bill) of Williamsburg; Dennis White (Catherine) of Williamsburg; Steven White (Chris) of Blounts Creek, N.C.; Beth Jenkins of Yorktown and Kenny White (LeighAn) of Williamsburg. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Alana Davis (Trevor), Tara Codekas (Chris), Brac Voliva (April), Michael Voliva (Kari), Melissa White, Brandon White (Katrina), Jason White (Katie), John White (Lora), Lauren Davis (Jake), Bradley and Julia White. In addition, he is survived by his great-grandchildren, Ollie and Jensen Davis; Levi and Piper Codekas; Gabriel, Finneas and Gwendolyn White; Adelyn and Liam Voliva and Ava Davis. He also is survived by many in-laws from his wife’s family, including Gloria Schulte (Al) of Michigan, John Ayres (Dee) of Ohio, Terry Ayres (Lynn) of Michigan and Diane Ayres of Michigan.
A celebration of Henry’s life will be held on Thursday, July 7, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Aberdeen Barn Restaurant, 1601 Richmond Road, Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 213 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg VA 23185 or www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp.
Henry was loved by everyone he touched in his time here, and he will be greatly missed. But we all are celebrating his life and his return to the love of his life in heaven. Peace be with you now.