Hometown: Williamsburg, KY
Position: G Playing Height: 5-11 Playing Weight: 170
Date of Birth: September 20, 1902
Date of Death: April 12, 1990
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Biography - Hubert F. White, Whitley Republican (April 18, 1990)
Survivors include two sons. Frank White of Lexington, Ky. and Bobby White of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Lucille White Bryant of Williamsburg and Mrs. Deloris Webb of Florida.
Funeral services were held April 14 in Middlesboro, Ky.
Burial was in Middlesboro Memorial Gardens.
Hubert Frank White was born in Williamsburg, Kentucky on September 20, 1901. His formative years included attending Williamsburg Independent Schools and Tennessee Military Institute in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He enrolled at Cumberland College, now University of the Cumberlands in the fall of 1921 and earned an Associate of Arts degree having graduated on May 23, 1923. While at Cumberland, White would captain both the football and basketball teams.
White entered the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1923 to complete his undergraduate degree and immediately enrolled in the University of Kentucky Law School. He graduated law school in 1927 and passed The Kentucky State Bar exam in 1928. While at UK in 1924, White joined fellow Cumberland alumni in forming the Cumberland Echo, a committee made up of officers Eugene Siler, (later to become U. S. Congressman Siler), Josephine Ellison, and Bernice Bird. Other members of the Echo were Glen Justice, Carl Lewis, Max Freeman, Grace Archer, Virginia Jones, Jeanette Ellison and Cecil Safriet. The Kentuckian yearbook of 1926 lists White as a member of the Mystic Thirteen, a Junior Honor Fraternity of Merit and Achievement. In the 1926-27 classes, he is listed among the Alpha Sigma Epsilon fraternity.
Following his graduation from law school, White moved to Harlan, Kentucky to practice law, a profession he would hone and refine for 55 years, in both Harlan and Middlesboro. He served as the City Attorney for Middlesboro, KY for a total of 30 years. White was elected Mayor of Middlesboro (1958-1962) following in the footsteps of his father, J.B. White, a three term Mayor of Williamsburg. White was a member of the Bell County, Kentucky Bar Association.
White was a member of the first Kentucky Workmen's Compensation Board, from 1968 until 1971, working closely with former Governor Louie Nunn.
He was honored by the Middlesboro Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 for his tireless efforts for many years in helping to provide transportation for all the school's athletic teams during a time when there no other form of school transportation was available.
He served two years as the Kentucky State Commissioner for the National Organization of Babe Ruth League's summer baseball for 13 through 15 year old youths. White traveled and organized leagues and tournaments throughout the state from 1952 to 1954, covering the State of Kentucky. White also served as a Deacon and an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church, Middlesboro, KY. Among his service, White was a dedicated and long time member of The Lion's Club public service organization.
White was the son of J. B. White of Williamsburg, Kentucky, who was elected Mayor of Williamsburg for three terms of office, 1908-1914 and 1918-1922, however, he died while in office in 1921, according to the History of Whitley County. Mayor White worked with the founders and builders of Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Institute such as Dr. Ancil Gatliff, J. P. Mahan, A. T. Siler and others. During his first two administrative terms, White saw the city sidewalks extended, lighting improvements, the first gravel laid on Main Street and a cattle ordinance passed keeping them from roaming downtown with his vote breaking the tie. Taken from a quote in the Whitley Republican newspaper at the time of his death it is stated, "There was a daily beauty about his life which won every heart".
One of seven children, Hubert F. White had two brothers, Jerome and Robert, and four sisters, Mary, Lucille, Delores and Maude.
Hubert Frank White passed away April 12, 1990, at the age of 88 years old. White is survived by his son, Robert White, also a University of Kentucky alumnus, who resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.