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.