He was born June 30, 1941, the son of Earl T. White and Laurel Marie (BeBo) Bloomfield White. He married Shirley Ann Adams on July 2, 1961 in Fulton, Kan. They celebrated 51 years together. Joe started Ray Shepherd Motors first auto body shop in 1961. He also owned his own construction business and retired from Ward Kraft following 20 years of employment. He attended the Methodist church. Joe was a past member of the Elks Lodge of Fort Scott. He was a member of the Blue Lodge of Hiattville, the Fort Scott Shrine Club and Mirza Shrine of Pittsburg, including the Mounted Patrol Unit. He was also a drill leader of the Young American All Girls Equestrian Drill Team. He was a member of Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, a member of Jaycees that built the present rodeo grounds and hosted the state convention one year.
Survivors include his wife Shirley of the home; two daughters, Susan McBride and husband Ron, Arma, Kan., and Debbie White and husband Leroy, Grain Valley, Mo.; his parents, Earl and Laurel White, Prescott; one brother, Donnie White and wife Kathy, LaCygne, Kan.; and a sister Patty Coleman and husband Garyl, Prescott, Kan. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Rachel Craig-Cagle and companion Rebecca Cagle, Marsha Clark and husband Michael, Alicia Craig, David Goff, Tera Anderson, Spencer Gentry, Shelby McBride and Kelsey McBride; and eight great- grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Reba Ann White and a great-granddaughter, Lauren Thurston.
Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Prescott United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Barnesville Cemetery, Fulton, Kan. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Transportation Fund, or The Sharing Bucket and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.