Foster Officer White


Personal and Family Information

Foster was born on 5 JUL 1882 in White County, Arkansas, the son of unknown parents.

He died on 4 JAN 1952 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

His wife was Elvah Lamar Baker, who he married on 24 DEC 1903 in White County, Arkansas. Their only known child was Foster Officer (1908-1982).


Birth5 JUL 1882
Place: White County, Arkansas
Death4 JAN 1952
Place: Little Rock, Arkansas
Place: White County, Arkansas
Age: 37 born Ark
Address: Searcy White, Foster O, Elva 34, Lillian 15, Willie Maud 13, Foster O 11, Loraine 8, HC 3 yr 3 m, Opal 10m
Census9 APR 1930
Place: White County, Arkansas
Age: 42 born Ark
Address: Searcy, 200 West Academy St, dwelling 13, family 17 White FO headm mw 42 married age 20 born Ark father and mother born Ala, Judge for County __Elma wife fw 41 married age 19, born Ark, father and mother born Ark __H C son mw 13 single born Ark, __ Opal daughter fw 11 single born Ark
BurialJAN 1952
Place: White County, Arkansas
Address: Shady Grove Cemetery, Bald Knob Find A Grave Memorial# 39263745 N35° 19.022' W91°34.845'
Gravestone-White, Judge F.O.

Gravestone, White family


Note 1

Judge Foster O. White--The following is excerpted from "A Centennial History of Arkansas," edited by Dallas T. Herndon, the Director of the Dept. of Archives & History, published by The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago-Little Rock, 1922. (Excerpt has been edited and corrected.)

"Judge Foster O. White was born in Bald Knob township, [White C]ounty, July 5, 1882, the son of H.C. & Cassie (Guthrie) White and grandson of James White, who was a native of Alabama and there owned and operated an extensive plantation…. The maternal grandfather was Samuel Guthrie, who was born in White Co. and became a farmer and prominent stock raiser. One of the great-grandfathers of Judge White was Samuel Guthrie Sr., who was born in South Carolina and became the first county judge of White Co., Ark., settling here among the pioneers.

"Judge White was educated in the public schools of his native county and remained on the home farm to the age of 18 years, when he … began railroading, entering upon an apprenticeship in the bridge & building department of the Iron Mountain RR. He served in this way for 6 years and was connected with railroading altogether for about 10 years. He then returned to Bald Knob township, where he began contracting on his own account, carrying on a general contracting business in White and adjoining counties. He was thus active until 1918, when he was elected county judge, taking the office in Jan., 1919. [H]e was reelected for a 2nd term without opposition.

"Judge White was married to Miss Elvah L. Baker, who was born in White Co., Ark., daughter of James Baker, ... one of the builders of the Iron Mountain RR. The couple had six children, two sons and four daughters. [They were] members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in which Judge White served as elder and as president of the Bald Knob branch. Fraternally he [was] connected with the Masonic Lodge, with the Independent Order of Oddfellows, with the Ancient Order of United Workmen and also with the RR Bridgemen, being one of the pioneers in the Brotherhood of RR Car Men."

Following his term as judge, he served as district highway engineer at Batesville, then moved to California where he worked as a general contractor for seven years prior to his death. He was attending a Christmas family reunion at the home of his daughter, Willie Maude (Mrs. James Guy) Tucker, in Little Rock when he suffered a heart attack and passed away, aged 69. He was predeceased by his first wife, Elvah, his daughter Lorain, and granddaughter Ladosca Sanderson. He was survived by three other daughters, two sons, and fourteen grandchildren.

Family links: Parents:

  Heze Ciah Filbert White (1849 - 1923)

  Lula Cassie Guthrie White (1862 - 1898)



  Elvah Lamar Baker White (1885 - 1930)

  Ina Hope Weir White (1897 - 1969)*



  Lillian Katherine White Walker (1904 - 1980)*

  Willie Maude White Tucker (1906 - 1982)*

  Foster Officer White (1908 - 1982)*

  Lorain Cassie White Sanderson (1911 - 1942)*

  H. C. White (1916 - 1999)*

  Opal Elva White Brackenbury (1919 - 2007)*



  William Harvill White (1880 - 1939)*

  Foster Officer White (1882 - 1952)

  Maud Sullivan White (1884 - 1957)*

  Kyle Henrix White (1885 - 1949)*

  James Samuel White (1889 - 1961)*

  Rose Lucy White Gribble (1891 - 1977)*

  Francis Cleveland White (1893 - 1975)*

  Maryann White Gring (1897 - 1991)*


Burial: Shady Grove Cemetery , Bald Knob, White County, Arkansas, USA


Find A Grave Memorial# 39263745