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October 03, 2023

Richard Oliver “Coach” White

Richard Oliver “Coach” White

Richard Oliver “Coach” White, 87, of Northwood Park, Taylorsville, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Valley Nursing Center.

“Coach” White was born November 1, 1930, in Cleveland County, to the late George Washington White and Ethel Huffstetler White.

He was a US Navy veteran, who had served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church, where he taught Adult Sunday school class for 40 years. He had taught in the Alexander County school system for over 50 years.

He enjoyed playing golf and he also taught swimming lessons at Northwood Park swimming pool, where he also was a lifeguard. He was a Mason, a member of NC Coaches Association for over 60 years, received the Alexander County Key to the County, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and on November 19, 2018 will be inducted in the Alexander County Sports Hall of Fame.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Francis Whitley, and a brother, Eugene “Gene” White.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 64 years, Barbara V. White of the home; two sons, Mark Richard White and wife Jada of Greensboro, and Jeffery Todd White and wife Donna, of Morganton; and three grandchildren, Stephanie, Kayla, and Alexandra.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Reformation Lutheran Church. Rev. Mickey Moree will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Condolences may be sent to:

Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be serving the White Family.


  1. Stan Fox on October 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

    He was my Health Education teacher around 1969 or 1970. Great guy. He was the only teacher to give me a spanking for (unintentionally) chewing gum in class. I forgot to get rid of it before entering his class. Didn’t hold it against him since he spelled out the rules on the first day of class. I often thought of him.

  2. Larry D Crouse on October 10, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    I often told my kids when they had Coach White, about how much I respected him.He was always more than fair and he cared about each of us. I will never forget when I played left tackle and he had a play that the end dropped back and I became the end and I went out about ten yards turned around and caught the pass.. that was the hiddenite years ,,, around 1973,,
    For months after that game that was all he would talk about.
    He made a great impact on my life.. and he burned my tail end up a couple of times until I realized that no matter how much he liked me he wasn’t going to give me a break for my bad behavior..
    He loved kids.
    I know that he is with our savior right now.he will be missed.

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