Arthur White, 76 of Columbia, South Carolina was warmly known as “007”, “00”, Daddy, or granddaddy. He was born on September 14, 1944, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to the union of Stewart and Viola White. He transitioned into Heaven with Our Lord and Saviour on December 31, 2020.
Arthur was a member of Faith Chapel in Baton Rouge where he taught Sunday School and served on various ministries prior to enlisting into the US Army in 1963. He served as a track vehicle mechanic for six years and later became a mess steward for 19 years. He earned the following while serving: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award). Arthur was honorably discharged in 1983 due to retirement as a Sergeant First Class (E7).
Arthur was most commonly known as “00” amongst many bowlers. He was a Hall of Fame member of the Midlands Bowling Association. He was also a member of the South Carolina State Hall of Fame. “00” was on the city All-Star team for over 20 years. He bowled thirty-six 300 games along with eighteen 800 series. Arthur was a member of the PBA. “007” was the heart and soul of the Royal Z bowling staff for 26 years.
Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita White; parents, Stewart and Viola White; siblings, Gladys (Walter) Alexander, Ruby White, and Stewart White Jr.; daughter, Eileen Brown; daughter-in-law, Elaine Thomas; and niece; Ruby Alexander.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his son, Arthur Thomas, Mint Hill, NC; daughter, Armita Thomas, Columbia, SC; grandchildren, Dr. LaToya Thomas, Columbia, SC, Larry Brown, Jr., Columbia, SC, Arthur Thomas, Jr. (Farrahn), Atlanta, GA, and Melanie Thomas, Mint Hill, NC; close friends, Jeff Bellinger, Johnny Howe, and Jackie “MeMaw” Taylor; and a host of bowling and golf association friends.
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