Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, it is with a heavy heart and
solemn remembrance that I rise today to pay tribute to a dedicated
husband, father, community servant, and soldier, LTC (Ret.) Jerry
``Jay'' White II. Sadly, LTC White passed away on September 20, 2018. A
funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at Old
Post Chapel at Fort Myer and will be followed by a burial via caisson
at Arlington National Cemetery.
LTC White was born on September 23, 1966, to the union of U.S. Army
Major General (Ret.) Jerry and Linda (Pickens) White in St. Mary's,
West Virginia. As a member of a military family, LTC White attended
several schools before graduating from Leilahua High School in Wahiawa,
Hawaii, and going on the receive a bachelor's degree in Business from
the University of Hawaii, where he also attended ROTC. He later
continued his studies and earned a masters degree in International
Affairs from The Georgia Institute of Technology.
It has been said that ``Service is the rent that we pay for the space
that we occupy here on this earth.'' LTC White paid his rent and he
paid it well. His distinguished military career officially commenced
when he entered the Army as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry after
graduating from the University of Hawaii. Over the course of his
career, LTC White distinguished himself as a great soldier. After
graduating from the demanding Airborne, Ranger, and Air Assault
Courses, he reported for duty at the legendary 101st Airborne Division
(Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. There he served in the 1/327
Infantry Battalion, the same unit where his father had served during
the Vietnam War. He also excelled in leadership positions and was
awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman's Badge for his service
during the First Gulf War. His later assignments included duty at Fort
Lewis, Washington; Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, where he
trained as an Army European Foreign Area Officer; and Washington, D.C.,
where he served as a liaison officer for United States Southern Command
and later as an advisor to the Washington, D.C. National Guard.
Even after honorably serving his country, he continued to give of
himself in service to his community. As an avid Washington, D.C. sports
fan, he enjoyed attending Redskins and Nationals games as well as
working with youth by volunteering as the Braddock Road Youth Club
softball commissioner and a team coach for many years.
LTC White achieved much in his life but none of it would have been
possible without the love and support of his loving parents, Jerry and
Linda; his wife Jennifer; his children, Juliana and Jameson; and a host
of family and friends that will miss him deeply.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me, my wife, Vivian; and
the more than 730,000 constituents of the Second Congressional District
in recognizing LTC (Ret.) Jerry ``Jay'' White II for his dedicated
service to our country and his community and in extending our
condolences to his family and friends. May they be consoled and
comforted by their abiding faith and the Holy Spirit in the days, weeks
and months ahead.
116th Congress