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Cornelius J. "Neil" White

Cornelius J. “Neil” White, 96, of Sanford passed away on December 17, 2020 at Parkview Retirement Center.


Services will be held at a later date.


Neil joined the Navy in 1943. His active-duty years were spent on a PT boat in the South Pacific until 1946. After the war, he completed his undergraduate studies at Mt. St, Mary’s College in MD. Then he attended dental school at Georgetown University where he received his DDS degree in 1951. Neil then spent 14 years in private dental practice and then 22 years at various VA hospitals: 7 years as a staff dentist and then the chief of dental services for 15 years. He retired from his last assignment at the Durham, NC VA hospital in 1989.


After his marriage to Pauline in 1997, they moved to Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford in 1999 where he enjoyed for many years his passion for golf. His second passion was painting. He was a member of the Sanford Brush and Palette Clun and participated for many years in their annual shows.


Neil is survived by his loving wife, Pauline, of 23 years; children Chad White, Gary White, Nancy McCaig, Louise Hill, Jenny Bryans, and Christine Neuman; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; stepchildren Denise Balyoz, Colonel Andre Balyoz, and Renee Baker; 3 step grandchildren. Neil was preceded in death by his parents Cornelius and Agnes White; sister Jean O’Brien; and first wife Kay White the mother of his 6 children.

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A Memorial Mass will be held at St Stephen the First Martyr Catholic Church in Sanford on Jan 28 at 10 am, and live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person.

Nancy McCaig Jan 20 2021 12:00 AM

Dr. White was such a joy to be around. He was a gracious gentleman and loved everyone he met. Thank you for allowing him to be a resident of Parkview Retirement Home. He will certainly be missed by his friends and the staff at Parkview. Our sympathy goes out to his family. Linda Keller Kelly

Linda Keller Kelly Dec 26 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Pauline and family,
My very deepest sympathy to you and your family. May the wonderful memories you shared bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Most Sincerely, Your Classmate, Judy Ruf

Judith Ann Ruf Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM