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Obituary: John White, Fletcher, Barnhardt & White


John Gettys White, a founder and director of distributor firm Fletcher, Barnhardt & White, passed away on August 20, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center. He was 71.

White helped to found former Counselor Top 25 distributor firm Fletcher, Barnhardt & White. The Charlotte, NC-based company was purchased by Ha-Lo Industries in 1995, and at the time of the deal, Ha-Lo reported that Fletcher, Barnhardt & White had annual revenues of about $45 million.

White was born in Shelby, NC, moved with his family to Charlotte, and graduated from Meyers Park High School and also from Presbyterian College where he was an active member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He traveled extensively in his work and with his family, and while his favorite pastime was playing golf, his compassion for people took him into community activities including delivering Mobile Meals and serving as a hospice volunteer. For many years, White and his wife, Gay, were leaders of the Youth Group at First Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder, president of the Young Men's Bible Class, and an active member of many committees.

White is survived by his wife Gay Harley White; daughter, Ashley White; and son, Chris White and his wife Jessica, all of Greensboro. Also surviving him are his brother, Rev. Stewart White Jr. and his wife Rela of Knoxville, TN.

Services for White were held on Saturday at First Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. Memorial contributions in White’s name may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Elm St., Greensboro, NC, 27401 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC, 27405.

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