On February 21, 1951, Joseph Charles White, Jr. and Ethel-Marie Katherine Williams White became the excited and proud parents of a happy, inquisitive, bustling baby boy, Joseph “JoJo” Charles White III. Joseph “JoJo” III grew in statue and knowledge, as an adolescent, continuing to make his parents and family proud. Along with his siblings and parents, he became a well-respected young man in the community. His strength and personality won many admirers wherever he went, until his passing, February 1, 2021.
Joseph was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. He attended public school districts of Kings County, Brooklyn, where he was recognized by teachers and friends for being a curious, focused and diligent young man who liked to do things well and liked taking care of his younger siblings. His legacy began at an early age. Growing up, he drew much wisdom and happiness from learning from his father. His favorite pastimes included training dogs and pigeons, under the counsel of his father.
Prior to graduating school, he aspired to a heroic feat, that of serving his country. Joseph decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, where his duty assignment involved intelligence. Shortly after, he married Brenda McCormick, who was a dedicated supporter and doting mother to the sons born to this union.
Among a plethora of accolades and accomplishments, Joseph also earned recognition as “one to be reckoned with” in his service to his country. He earned, having achieved the highest rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant, an Honorable discharge for his service to the country.
Though he lived in many places around the world during his military career, he relocated to Savannah, Georgia in 2000, at the time of his retirement period. He then enjoyed life as a retiree, traveling and supporting the local chapter of the VFW. Joseph’s greatest enjoyment, however, came still, from counseling young soldiers of any branch of military service and from being instrumental in the happiness and the enhancement in the lives of his many Marine Corps brothers and sisters. He loved his military and his biological families.
He later met and married Dr. Elizabeth Graham and her son, Irving “Tommy” Graham. Though the union did not last, they remained ardent friends. JoJo brought encouragement into the lives of those he knew and met but never turned away from the values he learned from his loving, doting mother and father.
Though now in our hearts and memories, his physical presence is being sorely missed by sons: Michael, Joseph IV, Tai’Wand; brothers: David, Earl (Lorraine), Curtis, Richard (Kim), and Robbie (Gina); (Sam preceded him in death); and a sister, Tammy Singleton; one aunt, Leona White, one uncle, Moses “Sonny” White, a grandson Nicholas, loving nieces and nephews, a host of loving cousins, and a host of long-time, loving friends.
A Celebration of his Life will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 8, 2021 at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel.
He will be laid to rest at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Glennville, Georgia.
My sincere condolences to the Family. White was like a big brother to me. I will miss his presence. He taught me a bunch about living life in the Corps. Rest in Heaven. Love you Bruh!! Semper Fi!!
- Kenneth Thomas , Dumfries , Virginia
My most sincere condolences to the White Family! Joseph White certainly made a difference in my son Adrian's life, I am eternally grateful! May he RIP!!!
- Nellie Lugo, Frederick, MD
My sincere condolences to the family. What a great man and great Marine! May the peace of God guard your hearts and mind during this time. US Marine (MCLB Albany, GA)
- Darren West, Brunswick , Ga
Joseph Charles White, III was known as “Top White” to his neighbors and friends at Camp LeJeune, NC where we met in 1992. Top White was a “Man of Standard”. He was concerned about your family and he loved his family. Top White was a stern man and if you met him you never forgot him. One of his best characteristics was he loved from his heart. He loved his Marines and wore the uniform proudly. You will be missed Top White. We love you for always. Rest In Peace, Semper Fi. Charles Chambers & Family, Sharpsburg, GA.
- Charles and Charity Chambers, Sharpsburg, GA
Rest in peace Marine. You have served your time in hell.
- Edwin Scott, Capitol heights, Maryland
With a heavy heart we send our deepest sympathy to the White Family in the loss of your love one. Joseph was a true brother, friend, and uncle to our family. He will be missed dearly. We pray you find peace and comfort knowing that you are never alone during this difficult time and you have our prayers of comfort during this loss.
- Bishop Ronald & Connie Mayo & Family, New Bern, North Carolina
In this time of your loss, We lift you up in prayer, We pray that in your sorrow, You'll find that God is there And though we can't be with you, You're in our thoughts each day, For we will always remember you When we kneel to pray. Rest in Peace Uncle JOJO. We will miss you dearly.. You were a GREAT MAN!
- Mr. & Mrs. Haywood Smith, Raleigh , NC
A SLOW SALUTE – TO A FELLOW MARINE THANK YOU - FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. You are one of our heroes. We will remember you always and miss you dearly. Take your Warrior's rest for a duty well done. I wish to extend to members of your family my deepest sympathy on their loss. May the force of GOD be with them as they walk through this difficult time. May the loving promises of our LORD and Savior comfort them and give them peace. As a grateful Veteran, I leave my sympathy and hope you accept this as a small token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your loved one to our Country. SEMPER FI U. S. MARINE AND VIETNAM VET FOX CO 2/1 email@example.com
- PHIL ODOM, HOUSTON, TX
I'm so sorry to hear that my dear friend & mentor has passed he surely will be missed I will miss talking to him on every Fri, holidays & birthdays Top truly love his family, Marines & Veterans of all services our prayers goes out to White family may God bless you in time of sympathy RIP TOP WHITE I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU S/F!!!
- Ray Neff , Jacksonville , FL
FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS Marine for a job well done, Rest In Heaven
- Terence Crooks , Athens , AL
Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 That should lift up all of us JoJo's family and friends. This is the way I want to remember my cousin. For he was and still is a special person with special talents, only JOJO "WHITE" I am going to miss those long~~~distance calls out of concern when he thought something was not right in Houston, via news ,internet, etc. We will be all right and GOD will take it from here until we meet again! Your Cousins in Houston Alice & Mack McKinney Sister & Brother
- Alice M McKinney/Mack McKinney - Sister and Brother, Houston, Texas
- McKinney, Houston, Texas
Rest in Heaven Bro,
- david white, Hammondsport, NY
Rest in Heaven Bro.
- david white, Hammondsport, NY
The entire Lugo family sends the White family our deepest condolences! Top as I would always call him mentored me over twenty years ago. He guided me, and ways always there whenever I needed him. Over the years without a doubt he became a father figure, friend, and a big brother all in one. I know Top had a major impact on many people over the years, but what I will always take with me is his leadership, his willing to help others, and his loyalty to me and my family! What I will miss the most is our conversations and laughs. I would always find a way to get him riled up when we would speak. The world was a better place with him, and I will always be grateful and honored for our relationship. May he rest easy and always know that I love him and will miss him dearly. Semper Fi and god bless him!!!
- Adrian Lugo, Middletown, MD
My Sincerest Condolences. Top, You have Reported to St. Michael, Rest in Peace MGYSGT. White. Semper Fidelis
- Roy Hale , Santa Maria , California
With deepest sympathy, the Wright, Solomon and Garcia families send heartfelt prayers. May God comfort this family and friends during their time of bereavement.
- Angela Garcia, Atlanta, GA
May your Master Gunnery Sergeant Rest In Peace and we will all join him at the Final Roll Call! Semper fi
- MGySgt. Alpheus H. Croom USMC Ret., Ewing, Nebraska
RIP Top!!! You motivated is to do and be better as men and Marines. Brooklyn in house!! MCLB Albany.
- Tony King MGySgt ret, Fredericksburg , V
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Memorial Service
- 10:00 a.m. on Mon, February 08, 2021
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31406