Albert Clay White

Albert Clay White

Albert Clay White, 95, formerly of Jena, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at his daughter’s residence in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

He was born August 25, 1924, in Mayna, Louisiana, to the union of Albert C. White and Mary Jane Belgard White.

Clay was a member of First Baptist Church in Jena, where he served as a deacon. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WW II, stationed in England with the 8th Army Air Force, 305th Bomb Group, 365th Squadron.

After his service to his country, Clay graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Animal Science (1949) and M.S. in Agriculture (1959). He served as Associate County Agent and County Agent for LaSalle Parish from 1949 to 1985 in Jena.

In retirement, he and wife Jody started a plant nursery business at their home before fully retiring in 1995. He enjoyed gardening, growing blueberries, peaches, oranges, azaleas and all kinds of vegetables. He and his wife Jo enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. and to many other countries.

After retirement, White served as a member of the LaSalle 4-H Foundation board, which he established as the first parish 4-H Foundation. White served as an ex-officio member for over 25 years. He was named an official board member in 2011. He received Extension Service awards for 25 years of service and 35 years of service.

White attended over 45 4-H Camps during his career. He participated in Regular camps, Leadership Camps, Wildlife Camps, Forestry camps, and others. Each year he served as the Camp Manager of the regular summer camp for the region. He took up the money for camp, ordered food for camp, paid cafeteria workers, and managed the expenses.

During his career, White had numerous state winners that competed in national contests. Some of the winners were Champion Livestock team (LaSalle had the first place Dairy Cattle Group several years), Good Provider contest, State Fair Livestock, Chick-N-Que, State Horticulture Team, General Demonstrations. White also had many 4-H members that became state 4-H officers. Nine former 4-H members of White’s became Extension Agents.

As a 4-H Agent, White organized the first parish 4-H Foundation. Each parish was asked to contribute to a state foundation that was being established. Parishes were given 3 years to raise a certain amount of money. White found that 4-H members in LaSalle had raised the required amount in the first year. He continued to have members raise funds, which were used to establish the LaSalle 4-H Foundation. This foundation was based on a similar structure to the Rockefeller Foundation. White was contacted by most parishes in the state and requested to share his By-Laws.

In 1964, White suggested the parish implement a 4-H Feeder Pig program. This was very successful both as a 4-H project and as an adult program in LaSalle Parish. The Feeder Pig sales program provided an economic boost to parish farmers. Two other parishes took note and implemented similar programs based on White’s model in LaSalle Parish.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at First Baptist Church in Jena with the Revs. Lloyd Trisler, Randy Trail and Terry Townsend officiating.

Mr. White was laid to rest in the Palo Alto Cemetery in Mayna under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and six of his seven sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Josephine Colvin White, of Arkadelphia, AR, formerly of Jena; three sons, Gary White of Sallisaw, Okla., Paul White (Katie) and Alan White (Robyn) of Bakersfield, CA; a daughter, Sue White Poole (Stan) of Arkadelphia, AR; one sister, Dorothy Coley, of Mayna; and four grandchildren, Jesse White of Austin, TX; Tonya Moreland (Bo) of Kansas City, MO; Anna Grace Franklin (Reece) of Addison, TX; Caroline Winkler (David) of Waco, TX; and one great-grandson, River Moreland.

Pallbearers were Jesse White, Chris Peters, Tom Watkins, Royce Colvin, Jimmy Colvin, and Benji Colvin.

Honorary pallbearers were Venoy Kinnard, Murphy McMillin, Tony McDonald, Charles Williams, Buddy Willis, and the Deacons of First Baptist Church of Jena.

Memorial gifts may be made to Jena First Baptist Church Mission Action Fund or to the LaSalle 4-H Foundation at Southern Heritage Bank, P.O. Box 2900, Jena, LA 71342.

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