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Roger Thomas “Spunk” White, 75 – Passed January 13, 2020

Roger Thomas “Spunk” White, 75, passed away on January 13, 2020 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri.

He was born on August 20, 1944 to Bob and Deloris (Adams) White in Freeburg, Missouri. Spunk arrived a bit early and was tiny; he needed to show some spunk and fortitude to flourish resulting in his grandmother, Edith Adams, giving him the nickname “Spunk.” She said he would have to be a “spunky little thing” to live. That nickname stuck and turned out to be a perfect description of the very special, one-of-a-kind personality he exhibited his entire life.

Spunk started first grade in Cabool, Missouri, and a short six weeks later his family moved to Lebanon, Missouri. He attended Lebanon schools through his freshman year of high school. The summer before his sophomore year his family returned to Cabool and he attended Cabool High School until he graduated in 1962.

Spunk cherished his high school years. He was student body president as well as prom king his senior year. He was in the marching band and was active in sports. He was a proud member of the SCA championship football team, a subject he spoke of with pride his whole life. The very special bonds and friendships he formed with his football teammates also lasted a lifetime.

After graduation, Spunk attended Moler Barber College in St. Louis. Upon completion of Moler, he returned to Cabool, opening a barber shop on Main Street with Reuben Roberts.

He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Gloria Bennett, on April 13, 1963. They welcomed daughter Robyn later that year. Another daughter, Lynn, was born in 1970.

In 1971 he took a management job at Lowe’s Trucking and Boating Line in Lebanon, Missouri, but still resided in Cabool. He later became an over-the-road truck driver for the majority of his career which transferred Spunk and Gloria first to Springfield, Missouri, in 1991 and later to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1996. He retired from Consolidated Freightways in 2002.

Immediately following his retirement, Spunk and Gloria moved to Hillsboro, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, to be close to and help daughter Robyn with her young family after their son-in-law suffered a life-altering auto accident. They remained in Hillsboro until October 17 of 2019 and had just recently moved after purchasing a home in Mtn. Grove, Missouri. Spunk was so thrilled to be back “home” and loved being back in the area even though it was just for a very short time.

Spunk was a member of Hillsboro Christian Church. He was a proud Teamster as well as Shriner. He was an avid sports fan, especially if the sporting event involved one of his grandchildren or following NASCAR. He enjoyed hunting and boating and was a self-declared wannabe cowboy. Above all else, Spunk loved and took tremendous pride in his beautiful wife and their family.

Spunk was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and several cousins.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Gloria; his two daughters and their husbands, Robyn and Mike Brady and Lynn and Dave Noirfalise; granddaughters, Lacey Brady, McKenna Noirfalise and Preslee Noirfalise; grandson, Benjamin Brady; great-granddaughter, Elliana Elizabeth; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sherry and Larry Boyce; niece, Heather Mullins husband Rodney, and great-nieces, Reagan and Reese Mullins; nephew, Justin Boyce and wife Sarah, and great-niece and -nephew Brooklyn and Maximus Boyce; as well as several cousins who were dear to him like siblings because he was an only child. Spunk was also survived by many special lifetime friends he considered to be family; among them are James “Bull” and Vicki Woods, Jerry and Louise Rader, Leroy and Paula Walls, Mike and Julia Jones, and Ed and Connie Jones.

Funeral services were held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Cabool Christian Church with Justin DeVries and John Stone officiating. Pallbearers were Ben Brady, Dave Noirfalise, Andy Wiesehan, Justin Boyce, Rodney Mullins, Kevin Doss, Owen Stribling, Seth Broth, Jeff Woods and Mike Rader. Honorary pallbearers were James “Bull” Woods, Larry Boyce, Leroy Walls, Ed Jones, Mike Jones, Craig Peabody and Jerry Rader. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions be made to Cabool Cemetery, P.O. Box 708, Cabool, MO 65689.