Earl White

Born in Lutts, TN on March 1, 1936

Departed on August 7, 2014 and resided in Castalian Springs, TN

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Earl White Age 78 of Castalian Springs passed away August 7, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Earl was a patient, gentle, yet strong willed man who would do anything for anybody. He loved people, working with his hands, and playing his fiddles, guitars or mandolins. He was a musician at heart passed down from his father and to him from his father. He played for the past 58 years at The Grand Ole Opry and on the road in various places before that. He was a great husband, father, friend and man who was one of a kind. Heaven is a better place with him in it.

Preceded in death by his parents, Lina Combs White & Randall Earl White. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Anita Joyce Robinson White; daughters, Angela White Sievers & Tina White; grandchildren, Eric Sievers, Brittany Sievers, Blaine Harris & Tyler Harris; great-granchildren, Christopher Sievers, Alyssa Sievers & Nathan Sievers; sister, Fran White McMurtry; several extended family members and friends.

A Life Celebration will be held 2pm Monday August 11th at Crestview Funeral Home with burial to follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held 2:00pm – 8:00pm Sunday & 12:00pm – 2:00pm Monday at CRESTVIEW FUNERAL HOME 1623 HWY 109 N GALLATIN TN, 37066 615-452-1943 crestviewfh.com

23 Comments to Earl White

  1. Michael Green
    August 8, 2014 12:30 am

    I knew Earl White only through the internet and, of course, listening to him on the Grand Ole Opry, but I have never known of anyone who knew him who had an unkind word to say about him. Our thoughts are with his entire family and his many friends.

  2. Ravarner Campbell (Operations Manager HIM Chesapeake Regional Medical Center)
    August 8, 2014 11:03 am

    On behalf of everyone in the HIM Department at CRMC in Virginia we are very sorry for your loss. Angela has told us many great stories about her father and how much he meant to her and the family. May God continue to give you all peace and strength.

    Matthew 5:4 – Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

  3. Lisa Frank
    August 8, 2014 11:28 am

    Anita, you and Earl have always held a special place in my heart. I am so saddened by his passing, but I know he is at peace. Earl helped us launch an era of good country music on WYXE and then again on WTNK. Many laughs, sometimes long days, but he was always great company, Earl was a friend indeed. Earl Dog, is what I always called him. I never really knew if that bothered him or not, but he never let on, if it did. So long my friend. Anita, you were always a loving wife and lifetime partner to Earl, he was blessed to have you always by his side. My prayers are with you.

  4. Sue Hubbard
    August 8, 2014 3:24 pm

    So sorry to hear about Earl. You’ll will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sue & E. L. Hubbard

  5. Larry Tucker
    August 8, 2014 4:23 pm

    Shared a dressing room at the . . Opry much of my 32 years there with Earl and he was always a pleasure to see .Not a better person around anywhere. Earl always had good Opry stories to tell and I will miss that

  6. Hollis and Stephanie Rutledge
    August 8, 2014 8:16 pm


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this diffuclt time. We pray for peace, understanding, and comfort during your loss. May God continue to bless and lift your spirits.

    Your Friends,

    Stephanie and Hollis Rutledge

  7. Betty Tipton Chambers
    August 8, 2014 11:41 pm

    Anita, we are all so saddened by Earl’s passing. Both you and Earl have always held special places in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are covering you. We love you.

  8. Diane Diekman
    August 9, 2014 8:06 am

    Anita, I’d like you to know Kayo Paver, Perry Steilow, and I send our condolences. We enjoyed meeting you and Earl at the release party for my book, “Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins,” and also visiting with you both backstage at the Opry.

  9. Jeff Frank
    August 9, 2014 12:51 pm

    I am proud to have known Earl he was a very sweet and talented man. I know he is in a better place! Hopefully he and Dad are playing the guitar and fiddle together in heaven and looking down on us. I love you guys and I am very saddened by your loss.
    Your friend Jeff Frank

  10. Edward & Marilyn Combs
    August 9, 2014 1:15 pm

    We just found out about James Earl from my other cousin, Joe Boyd Warren in Jackson.
    We are so surprised and sad to hear about his passing. He will be remembered as a gentle and sweet man.
    and every time we think of him, it will be with a fiddle or a guitar making music that he loved. Our condolences to you Anita and the family. Let us hear from you sometime in the near future.

    Edward & Marilyn Combs
    Columbia, Tennessee

  11. Patsey Case Wright
    August 9, 2014 2:44 pm

    I love you and Earl so much. You have been our family friends for so many years. Mom and Dad always enjoyed going with you to the Opry and attending church together. We pray for you and the family. We will be with you to hopefully give some comfort as we say goodbye to a precious man. No one has to tell you how special he has always been. All I ever saw in him was a gentle, kind, Godly man. With love and respect, Patsey

  12. Betty Rich Hendon, Past President, Savannah Central High Alumni Associalion.
    August 9, 2014 3:14 pm

    Anita, sorry to hear that James Earl has left us so soon! It was a pleasure to see y’all at the annual Savannah Central High School Alumni Association meeting in October at Pickwick Inn. Your friends were so pleased to have you attend and to renew friendships from high school days of the l950’s. Everyone enjoyed hearing Earl’s God-given talent on the Grand Ole Opry for the past half century. God bless you and the family!

    Betty Hendon ’53 and Drexel Hendon ’51
    Germantown, TN

  13. Rex Sievers & Family
    August 9, 2014 8:21 pm

    Anita and Family, We are very sorry for your loss. Earl was a very nice and kind man. He provided me with a great job when I was young and I have always appreciated that. We all had a great time working with him at the cabinet shop, those were good memories in life. I know that you will miss him but this separation is only temporary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

    Rex, Monica & Austin Sievers

  14. Carol Kowalke
    August 9, 2014 8:22 pm

    Anita, I am very sorry for your loss! My prayers go with you and your family. I have a couple pictures of you and Earl and Joe and me that I want to get to you. We were to the oprey last fall and spent time with you backstage. I am so blessed to have met both of you. You are so sweet,I hope to see you again. God bless and keep you

  15. Tom, Lulu Smith & Darrell, Kathy Gammill, Marilyn Perkinson
    August 9, 2014 9:44 pm

    Anita and Tina and all of family we are soo very sorry to hear of Earl’s passing, I KNOW he’s made it home where he worked for years to attain (his heavenly home) but hurts to be parted from him here.. much too soon. He was truly an awesome friend, person and Christian. Prayers are with y’all and know that if you need ANYTHING we are only a phone call away. We love y’all very much and Earl to..

  16. Steve Gaines
    August 9, 2014 11:08 pm

    My memory of Earl White was seeing him play on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. I was listening to the show online from here in San Francisco, and I heard that Mr. White had passed away. So, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the Earl White family and friends. Earl was a great musician.


    Steve Gaines

  17. Mary Sue Vickery
    August 9, 2014 11:25 pm

    Anita and Family, We the Savannah Central High School Graduating Class of 1954 wish to express our condolence. Our class always enjoyed being with James Earl and we loved his music. We enjoyed visiting with you and James Earl last fall at the Alumni Reunion and had no idea that would be the last time for us to be together. I talked with Glen Wallis last night and he told me that he, James Earl and several other guys from our class went to Nashville business school after graduating. He will be greatly missed. Now he has joined the other classmates that went before him and they are making a joyful noise making some of the best music he has ever made. May God give you , the children and grandchildren comfort during this difficult time.

    Mary Sue Vickery & al
    Savannah, Tn

  18. Sue Turner (Bunny)
    August 10, 2014 12:58 pm

    Anita you and Earl were always so sweet next to me and my son at church. Such sweet and kind people. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you feel the arms of God until we shall all get to our heavenly home. Praise God what a homecoming that will be.

  19. Joe & Cornelia Bain
    August 10, 2014 1:38 pm

    We knew James Earl in Savannah, TN. A number of years ago he got us tickets backstage at the Ryman and we had pictures made with Roy Acuff. James Earl was a good hearted talented man. May he rest in peace!

  20. Jerry Richmond
    August 11, 2014 12:33 pm

    Earl was such a kind and talented man. Can you imagine how many thousands of people have heard him play that fiddle on the Grand Ole Opry. I was able to work with Earl at WTNK in Hartsville and later able to visit him at the Opry. I did not get to see him a great deal, but I have lost a friend. R.I.P. Earl

  21. Jimmy & Robbye Palmer, John Marc and David Palmer
    August 13, 2014 9:58 am

    Anita & Family,

    Sorry I did not get a chance to talk with you much last Sunday, as many friends were coming in. I know Earl must have been through a lot. In the last 5 years I have had many medical problems myself. Just wanted to wish you and your family strength and comfort during this difficult time.

    Praying for you!
    your friends,
    Jimmy & Robbye Palmer
    John Marc & David Palmer
    Springfield, TN

  22. Allan Anderson
    August 16, 2014 10:01 pm

    To Earl White’s Family, Friends, and millions of Grand Ole Opry Fans:
    I just learned of his expiration on the 7th. I listen to the opry
    everytime it’s “On the Air”. Been many times. I thought he was
    “On Vacation” when he wasn’t there this week. Sorry to
    hear of his passing. He will definitely be missed. To All:
    May the Happiest and Fondest Memories of Earl help each of you
    through the approaching days, weeks, and months ahead.

  23. Scott & Wynn Weeks
    November 5, 2014 5:41 pm

    Our most heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Heaven rejoices now that they can include that smooth, lanky gate of Earl’s along with the sweet sounds of that fiddle. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Scott & Wynn Weeks
    Hendersonville, TN

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