Orville Wayne White
Orville Wayne White, the second of five children, was born to R.W. and Margaret (Roberts) White on September 3, 1941 in Apache, OK. Orville proceeded into Glory on September 7, 2020 at the age of 79 years.
Orville’s parents pastored several churches so he received his formal education in several schools while growing up. On June 19, 1959, Orville was united in marriage to Sherry Evonne (Unwin) White at the Midway Church, and to this union three children, Denesa, Paula, and Todd were born. Orville worked for his brother-in-law Ray Devoll, as a manager traveling multiple states, even earning his pilot’s license to cut down on travel time. He maintained his license for many years.
Following the sudden death of the Seiling Assembly of God pastor, Orville and Sherry were called to shepherd the flock. Later, Orville, along with his two brothers: Don and David White and brother-in-law Neil Unwin, formed a gospel singing group known as the “Midwestern Gospel Singers”. They traveled extensively sharing their talents and ministering in song and in word from 1969 to 1974. They recorded three albums during that time. Orville then worked for several years for Lawrence Clayton at the Clayton Lumber and Service in Chester, OK, and later in the oil/gas industry as a pumper. During that same time, Orville also served as youth pastor of the First Christian Church in Seiling under Pastor Ewel Vaughan.
In 1978, Orville and Sherry were called to pastor the Elm Grove Church in Chester, a position they held for 42 years. During this time Orville was an invaluable asset to the community, whether driving the school bus, cheering on all the local events, or being instrumental in the Ministerial Alliance, he always gave selflessly of his time. He was kind, and quick with words of encouragement. Orville uplifted, supported, and prayed for everyone in the Seiling/Chester area and beyond.
In addition to his parents, Orville is preceded in death by his son, Todd Wayne White; two brothers, Don White and Ronnie White; son-in-law Bret Cox; and sister-in-law Sherry White.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sherry White; daughters Denesa Cox and husband Craig of Chester, WV, and Paula Cox of Chester, OK; sister Wilma Devoll and husband Ray of Dallas, TX; brother David White of Moore, OK; two sisters-in-law Lyn White and Jana White; nine grandchildren, Ryan, Dan, Tony, Deidra, Danielle, Brooke, Phallyn, Jonah, and Tori; 14 great grandchildren, as well as many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Elm Grove Community Church in Chester, OK. Burial followed at Hope Cemetery under the direction of Redinger Funeral Home.
Memorial Donations in Orville’s honor may be made to the Elm Grove Youth Ministries in care of Redinger Funeral Home (Box 236, Seiling, OK 73663).