Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Emil Etienne White
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Emil Etienne White
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Emil Etienne White
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: White, Emil Etienne
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300524
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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September 7, 1959 December 3, 1979

Saturday, December 8, 1979
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On September 7, 1959, life began for Emil Etienne White, the third
offspring of his proud parents Eveline and Alfred White, in the city
of New York, where he grew up with his brothers and sisters until
the age of eleven.

Upon the arrival of the family to St.Thomas in August of 1970,
Emil was enrolled at Madison Elementary School from September
to December of the same year and was transferred to the Sts. Peter
and Paul Catholic Parochial School where he remained until his
graduation in June of 1977.

Emil Etienne White enlisted in the United States Navy on Novem-
ber 22, 1977 after having completed high school in June of the same
year. Following basic training, he attended Radioman School and
upon its completion was assigned to duty as a communications
technician in Puerto Rico.

Emil was very creative. He drew comic strips for the Daily News
prior to his entry into the service and enjoyed making his own toys
in his earlier years. He became a Boy Scout with Troupe 37 and an
Altar Boy at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. The voice of Emil was
well known to radio listeners, many of whom were his avid disco
fans in St.Thomas. His reputation extended to Puerto Rico as well,
where he was stationed.

At the Frenchman's Reef Hotel Disco, Emil adapted the name of
"The Man White" and became one of the most popular deejays on
the local scene. With a close associate, Freddy Wood, Emil organized
a disco production company called W. W.Productions. With seemingly
inexhaustible energy, he deejayed for public and private parties and
benefit functions. He also worked as a deejay at The Cheeta, The
Playhouse and the M & M Discos.

Emil loved and adopted St. Thomas as his permanent home, though
a New Yorker by birth. He represented to those of us who knew him
the image of an exemplary youngster with a purpose.

Emil will be best remembered for his friendly and affectionate na-
ture. He was loved by everyone who knew him and will be missed
by all.

Emil departed this life on December 3, 1979 ....

may JHe fest Yn tieace



Emil White Someone Special
Dec. 4, 1979
Dear Sir:
It is with a sense of personal turmoil that I pick up
this pen. My jaw is set and my teeth are grinding yet
I'm brushing a tear aside. My emotions show anger,
depression and frustration all at once.
As an educator who has served in a variety of roles
for the past ten years I have watched, taught, and
guided well over a thousand students. Of this total,
there are only a handful whose memory sparks a
twinkle in the eye, a smile, and a feeling of pride for
your small role in what you know will be a bright future
for a truly outstanding young person.
One of this handful of "special" people was a student
at Sts. Peter and Paul who I taught physical education
and civics -- I moderated as his student council advisor,
I directed and guided as his guidance counselor; his
name was EMIL WHITE. He called himself "The
Man"; a man he was, even at age seventeen. His
sensitivity, his large and infectious smile, his quick
jokes, his kind and willing attitude made him a
respected leader at school and a peacemaker. in a
dispute on the basketball court. His quick mind and
sense of determined ambition led him deftly through
the intricacies of the U.S. Navy basic and advanced
electronics training programs always near the top of
his class. His rapport with all people made him a
likeable and highly respected student, and navy
radarman. He was working his way gradually back to
his home in St. Thomas, where he hoped to serve as the
U.S. Navy recruiter and later in civilian life, as a
manager of one of our radio or TV stations.

Now Emil is gone murdered by a senseless
shotgun blast by Cuban-inspired fanatics in Puerto
Rico. All the official press releases "deplore this
despicable act of violence." So do I; but it won't restore
Emil's smile. It won't bring beck his jokes or his
non-stop disc jockey patter.
He lived like "The Man" he called himself.
Yesterday, he died like a man, in service to his country
in a senseless guerrilla attack by an unknown group for
an unclear cause.- I am trying to find some logic, some
lesson, or some reason to justify this terrible loss to
Emil's family, friends, and to our islands. I am at a loss.
The only lesson I can readily perceive is the shock of

mswory repeating isen revoiuconary guerruia
movements inspired by the Cubans are sweeping the
Caribbean. We are now seeing direct attacks no longer
on buildings but on people and the basic institutions of
our society in our neighboring Puerto Rico.

We all deplore and grieve the loss of Emil White. Let
his death remind us that what we are witnessing in
Guyana, Surinam, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Puerto Rico
are not isolated events, but are part of a wide network
of exported revolutionary movements.

In retrospect, Emil died in service to his country, the
United States of America. Let him also remind us here
in the Virgin Islands, that we are not immune from this
sort of revolutionary political violence, before it is too
late. Let us all join together in support of what we have!

I shed a tear, and I smile a smile in memory of my
student and my friend, EMIL"The Man" WHITE.
God rest his soul and console his family in this time of
tragedy. The loss is all of ours.
Headmaster, Antilles School

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...Emil White Jr. center, in hat
(Photo Courtesy Betsy Beretta)

Order of Service

Entrance Hymn
Amazing Grace Hymn 170 ....................... Page 120

First Reading .................................. William Baptiste

Responsorial Hymn 191
Take My Life And Let It Be ...................... Page 133

Second Reading ................................. Freddie Woods



Homily ................................. Bishop Edward Harper

Offertory Hymn Hymn 175
Hear O Lord The Sound Of My Call ................. Page 124

The Communion Hymn Hymn 103
I Am The Bread Of Life ...................... .. Page 71

Meditation Hymn
Let There Be Peace On Earth ................. Miss Faye Moon

Eulogy .............................. ............ Lee Carl

Recessional Hymn Hymn 198
The Battle Hymn Of The Republic ............ . Page 139



Military Personnel


Alfred E. White, Jr.
Pedrito George
William Baptiste
Theron Smith
Larry Steele
Lennie Fleming


A wave of sadness had settled,
As fog hangs over the shore,
A heart cried out in anguish,
But a voice said, "nevermore."

The sun came out at high noon,
And burned the mist away,
But soon would cast long shadows
As dusk replaced the day.

But peace will follow confusion,
Hearts will be light again,
And live forever in memory
As time will heal all pain.

By: Cory G. Scott

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Eveline E. White .............................. Mother

Alfred E. White, Sr................................ Father


Alfred E.White, Jr.
Anthony E. White


Beverly E. White
Jacqueline E. White

Irene LeGrand ............................ Grandmother


Edna John
Marcelia Gibson
Bernice Gibbs
Marjorie Lake


Jose Glasford
Edmundo Benjamin
Fred Muller

Great Aunts.................................... Six

Great Uncles .................................. Three


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