Malcolm “Mal” Blair White, 76 of Metter, Georgia, passed away on September 21, 2020. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 16, 1944 and was the son of the late Daniel Arthur White, Jr. & Berta Catherine White.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathryn McNeal White; daughters Kristina Marie White and Ashley Miller Taylor (Charles); son William Daniel White (Denna); 5 grandchildren Kendle and Katie-Blair White, Brock and Emmeline Taylor, and Ian Evans (Brianna).
Mal graduated from Newton South High School in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts in 1962. After high school, he worked for a short period of time building houses. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1969 with a degree in mathematics and began teaching high school math at Savannah Country Day School. He continued his education in Savannah and earned a master's degree in mathematics education from Armstrong College and Savannah State University.
Mal generously served Savannah Country Day for over 30 years in a multitude of roles, including math department chair, dean of students, Upper School assistant principal and an advisor to the discipline committee. He was equally invested in athletics and he numerous sports during his tenure, including varsity football and JV basketball. He served 20 years as the varsity girls basketball head coach, best remembered as “Mal’s Gals”. Amassing over 320 wins, he led teams to three sub-region championships, two trips to the Sweet Sixteen state tournament and an elite eight finish in the 1996-1997 state tournament. As the varsity golf coach for over 30 years, he led the team to four state championships and five state medalists.
In 2001, Mal retired from Savannah Country Day School moved to Metter, GA, where he and Kathryn opened Silver Fox Farm. He enjoyed golfing at Willow Lake Golf Club, fishing at the pond and playing bridge.
Mal served his community as a member of the Metter Rotary Club, where he was most recently the Senior Ex-Officio. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and created the Metter Rotary Scholarship. He took great pride in choosing the candidate each year. He also introduced the Vocational Service Award in Metter, an honor given to individuals in the community who have served their industry for over 25 years.
Visitation will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel, 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA 31406.
Graveside service and burial will be on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery for family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to the Rotary Club of Metter, P.O. Box 794, Metter, GA 30439.
Social distancing and the wearing of masks is encouraged for the safety of everyone attending.
Our thoughts & prayers are with the family at this time. Mal was a great guy & we were fortunate to get to know him
- Bob & Pat Church, Bowling Green, Ky
Hugs, love, and prayers for you and your family.
- Betty Robinson, Rincon, Ga
Katherine and Family, I am praying for you daily. I was privileged to know Mal through the Metter Rotary Club. I was honored when he passed the torch of his beloved Vocational Service Awards to me, even though I knew he still wanted to do it, but hated wearing a suit and tie. I will remember him for his quick wit and keen intellect. He will be missed but will live on through our Club.
- Marsha Holloway, Metter, Georgia
Our thought and prayers go out to the family. Mal was a good man who dedicated his life towards helping others. He will be remembered
- Versen Family , Santa Rosa beach , Florida
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Mal when I was presented the Metter Rotary Scholarship in 2013. He was very proud that the Rotary Club of Metter was able to honor a student each year. Since 2013, Mal and I have kept in touch. In 2018, I joined the Metter Rotary Club as a member. Mal was so excited and proud that a recipient that he picked for a Scholarship, came back to Metter, and joined the Club. He will be greatly missed by our club and myself. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
- Alex Spivey, Metter, GA
We sure will miss you! I will miss our farm talks! Love you Mr. Mal❤️❤️
- Scott & Renea & Family, Cobbtown, Ga
Mr. White was such a great man. He was a strong positive influence during my time at The Savannah County Day School. I will forever be grateful. My family and I are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. Our hearts go out to his incredible family. His legacy will truly live on in all who knew him.
- Lacie Thompson Van Alstine, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Mal was such a good man, I always enjoyed our talks. He will certainly be missed.
- Blake Huggins, Ellabell , Ga
I will miss his kindness, outgoing personality, and enduring smile. He was a dedicated and loyal member of the SCDS community for over three decades. He will be missed. Condolences to his family and friends!
- James "Jimmy" Dothard, Lizella, GA
Mr. White was my Calculus teacher - he changed my life. He made something complex easy. I'm so sad he died so early in life, as he inspired me throughout my life.
- Victoria Bond, Livingston, MT
Malcolm White was the most influential teachers I have ever had. My deepest condolences to his family.
- Ian Grosse, SCDS ‘75, Sunderland, MA
So sorry to hear this sad news. Mal White was a great teacher and one of the most memorable members of the faculty at Country Day. I will miss him. My condolences to his family.
- Richard R Schulze, Jr., Savannah, GA
Mr. White was my teacher for two years and helped to give me the background to pursue my degree and career in engineering. He was always very engaging in the classroom. He will be missed.
- Mark Lesser, Atlanta, GA
I recall sitting in class on those many warm Spring afternoons anxious to tee it up with Coach White and my teammates after school. Coach White was a friend and our SCDS golf teams enjoyed great fellowship and fun as we traveled and competed together. I think of him often and will continue to do so with strong feelings of gratitude and respect. I offer my heartfelt condolences to Kathryn and his family.
- Neal Morrison, Charlotte, NC
Mal White was such a large part of my life during high school at SCDS. He was an excellent math teacher who inspired me to major in math in college. He was my basketball coach for years. I was so proud to be called a Mal’s Gal! But what I remember most is his smile, his laugh and the many times he challenged me to achieve more than I believed I could. He was a special man who will be missed. I’m so sorry for your loss.
- Catherine Dulany DiBenedetto , Greenwood, SC
Mr White was a great man. He cared about the students at SCDS. He had a strong, positive presence on campus that I’ll never forget. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.
- Emmaline Routon, Savannah, Georgia
Words fail to capture all I remember about Mal, my colleague and neighbor. He will always live on in my memories. My deepest sympathies to all the family.
- Paul Worley, Baltimore, MD
I am so sorry to hear that Mal has succumbed to covid. I fondly remember our time together at SAVCDS as faculty and coaches. Prayers to Kathryn and the entire White clan.
- Rusty Allen , Blairsville , GA
To Kathryn, Daniel and the rest of Mal's family. My deepest condolences to all of you. While it does not replace being able to see someone in person, I am thankful that I have been able to keep tabs on what Mal and you all have been up to through Facebook. Mal was such an influence on me growing up in so many different ways. Kathryn, you were too and for many of us who played middle school basketball. Plus, you had to deal with us middle school girls - tough! I knew Mal as a teacher, a coach and a friend. A mentor he was for sure. He was a father figure to me in many ways and a sounding board as well. I clearly remember getting to know you all outside of school and sports, spending time watching Daniel as he was growing up. I remember getting tackled on a number of occasions, too. :) So great to watch Daniel grow up and have his own family. I know how proud Mal must have been. A number of us who were coached by Mal in the 1980s and 1990s have shared some memories on Facebook. Some of us still have our Mal's Gals jersey, a couple of us our playbooks from basketball. Obviously, if we are saving those things, Mal had a truly lasting impression on us and so many more. Truly a good man with a good heart.
- Barbra (Babs to Mal) Miller, Columbus, Ohio
Sorry to hear the bad news. He was a good friend. Our prayers are with the family.
- Bill & Margot Hudson, Americus, GA
Dear Katherine and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mal's death. Be was such a champion for kids and so supportive of me as a counselor. Plus I will never forget the huge smile o. His face when I told him I was seeing Preston. His approval sealed the deal. Love and pea e to you all. Kathy Hodges
- Kathleen E Hodges, Thunderbolt, GA
It is with heavy heart that we send our most sincere condolences to the family. We had many good times with Mal and know that he will be sorely missed. He was a great coach and a good friend. God Bless. Know that he is in a better place now.
- Cesar and Dottie Noble, The Villages, FL
Deepest of sympathies to Kathryn and her family during this time. Kathryn and Mal have been customers of ours for over 20 years , and we have had many pleasant experiences interacting with Mal over the years, he was a good man and will be deeply missed. Mal and Kathryn have always been thought of as more than just customers, but rather as friends. Kathryn, just know that we are with you during this time , and you and your family are in our thoughts , and in our prayers and please let us know if you need anything. - Karen & Blake
- Ellabell Feed & Seed, Ellabell, Ga
Kathryn and all, we will miss Mal but not forget him. A true rock and legend in the SCD world. He did it all. Sorry we can not come tomorrow due to COVID but will be in touch. Preston and Kathy Hodges and Ron Onorato send their thoughts as well.
- Peter and Emily Foley, Savannah, Ga.
Mr White was an enabling factor in my attendance at GA Tech . I have always been grateful. I will never forget the teacher with a yellow super bee with a large spoiler. May he rest in peace. Howard Reeve
- Howard Reeve, Savannah, GA
Kathyrn, you and your family have our deepest sympathy . You and Mal had a profound influence on our family . Great math teacher, coach , disciplinarian , mentor, dad and friend - how he will be missed. Our best memories of our children growing up include Mal and the fun we had. We treasure those times. Know that we will be with you in thought and prayer tomorrow. Our love.
- Julia Holliday, Savannah, GA
Mr White was my math teacher and I scored very high on the math part of the SAT. He also wrote me a letter of recommendation for GA Tech and MIT. I never would have gotten into GA Tech had it not been for Mal White. Come to think of it I grew some fuzz and used mascara to make a mustache because I played Mr. White in the senior play. I remember Mr White as smart, funny with a good sense of humor, extremely understanding, and compasionate. I was a bit of a problem child in high school but Mr. White never gave up on me. I am extremely sorry to hear about his passing and my prayers, love, and condolences to your family. Mr. White had a heart of gold and he truly changed my life. Phil Wonderley
- Phil Wonderley, Canton, CHEROKEE
What a friendly giant of a man! Hugs to Brock, Emmeline and my condolences to all of the family.
- Ann Jones, Savannah, GA
White Family, Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mal was a great person and I was lucky to get to know him over these last few years in Rotary. He will be missed dearly and his legacy will continue to live on .
- Dustin Vernon, Metter, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- 1:00 pm-4:00 pm on Sat, September 26, 2020
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31406
- A private burial will be held