Wiley Jackson White, Sr., 81, of Asheville, died on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospitals. Raised in Tryon, NC, Wiley was the son of the late Robert Benjamin, Sr., and Mildred Sammons White. He graduated from North Carolina State University, in 1956. He spent his entire career with American Enka/BASF as a mechanical engineer. A true leader in all aspects of his life, Wiley was also a member of the Boy Scouts for many years. Among his awards were Eagle Scout with Gold Palm, Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow, District Award of Merit, and Silver Beaver. Some of the roles Wiley served as were Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman, Scoutmaster, and District Camporee Chief. He loved the outdoors and led several expeditions to the Boundary Waters Canoe areas of Minnesota and Canada. Mr. White was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Asheville. He is survived by his wife, Ann Foster White; daughter, Mary Ann White; and son, Wiley Jackson "Jack" White, Jr., and fiancée, Darline Maitland. The memorial service for Mr. White will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at the Christmount Christian Assembly, in Black Mountain. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Boone Council, 333 W. Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Asheville, 470 Enka Lake Rd., Candler, NC 28715. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. To Mary White and Family

    I am very sorry to hear about your dad, I know how close you all are. Prayers to you and your family.
    To a very good friend, Love Darlene

  2. Mr. White had a great impact on boys. Troop 120 was an awesome experience back around 1980. Sorry for your loss.

  3. Aunt Ann, Mary Ann and Jackie, We are all sorry to hear about Uncle Wiley, but know now that he is with his brother, my father Ben and his parents, Pop and Martha, and are all shining down on us and helping to guide us all through our lives. With love and hugs…………….

  4. Ann, Jack, and Mary Ann,

    I think back on the many visits with your family on the back porch at Martha’s and of Wiley telling jokes (with Dad) and your dad’s wonderful smile. I really enjoyed visiting in October and talking NC State football and basketball like he and I used to. Wishing you many wonderful memories to give you peace in your time of sorrow. Blessings and much love, Heath

  5. Rest well old scout. You have been an inspiration to many young men through your leadership and dedication. You will be missed here but we know where you are now.


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