Celebrating the life of

Joseph (Riley) White

June 28, 1997 - October 13, 2022

Joseph (Riley) White

Joseph Riley White, III of Savannah, GA, passed away suddenly on October 13, 2022 at the young age of 25.

Riley, professionally known as Joseph, was born on June 28th, 1997.  He is survived by his parents, Janet Stafford White and Joseph Riley White, Jr. and brothers, Chandler, and Grayson White.  He is also survived by his grandparents, Mema Shirley Horovitz, Mema Patsy and Papa Joesph Riley White, Sr.  as well as uncles Brian Stafford, Steve Stafford and Randy Todd, aunt Marcy White Todd and cousin Tyson Todd.  He is reunited with his Papa Buddy Horovitz, Papa Jim Stafford, great grandparents Evelyn and Bud Carter, and Mary Riley and Bob White, Sr.

Like his feet, his mind was always on the move. He was very curious, and you would often find yourself playing a game of 20 questions with him.  You could always count on Riley to ask how you were doing.  He was inquisitive and loving like his mom, strong like his dad. He was super competitive and also close with his brothers.  Riley was orderly and tidy like his Mema Shirley, unless of course you took a peek in his car. 

Being the fastest of all the cousins, Riley was guaranteed to be the first pick at the family Christmas football game.  He was also the hardest to catch in a game of Manhunt; often losing shoes and other belongings to evade capture. Some would say Riley had a need for speed as demonstrated by his collection of speeding tickets. All would agree he had many passions in life. He loved his family and friends, his job as a Port Agent, football, weightlifting and midnight snacking (sushi, steak and gummy worms being some of his favorite meals). 

As family and friends, we grieve and celebrate the life and passing of Riley. Although the pain is immeasurable, so is the love left behind.

Visitation will be held at the Fox & weeks islands chapel, Friday, October 21st from 5:00 – 7:00pm. The funeral will be held at the Fox & Weeks islands chapel on Saturday, October 22nd at 2:00pm with a Celebration of Life immediately after at Captain Butler’s Lutheran Retreat (115 Penrose Drive).

Pallbearers are Riley’s brothers, Chandler and Grayson White, cousin Tyson Todd as well as his best friends Avish Patel, Jacob Collins, David Cornett, Christian Ledbetter, Charlie Harrell, Daniel Collins and Caleb Collins.




Sending many thoughts and prayers for your family. The Newman Family

- Karen Newman, Savannah, GA

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- Karen Newman, Savannah, GA

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- Tiffany dean morrison, Tybee island , Ga

Our hearts go out to your family. May God lift you up and surround you with comfort. We Love all of you so much! Please know we are here for you.

- Tommy, Cindy, Hunter, Triston and Jack Harrison, Savannah, GA

our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

- david and Susan vaughn, savannah, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with the White family.

- Lisa M McFarland, Pooler, GA

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- Lisa M McFarland, Pooler, Georgia

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your son and grandson, Riley. We send our sincere sympathy and prayers at this difficult time. May God bless you all and give you peace. Pat & Madeline

- W. Pat Cetti & Family, Savannah, GA

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Our hearts are broken hearing the news. Prayers and thoughts are being lifted for all the White family.

- Poppell, Savannah , Georgia

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Our hearts are broken hearing the news. Prayers and thoughts are being lifted for all the White family.

- Paula Poppell, Savannah , Georgia

Our deepest condolences for the loss of Riley. May the wonderful thoughts of past good times together, love and laughter help you and all who love him get through this difficult time.

- Brassard Family, Savannah, Ga

Our thoughts and prayers are with the white family. We are heart broken to hear about riley's passing he was a wonderful young man.

- margarita Rodriguez, Savannah, GA

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- margarita Rodriguez, Savannah, GA

Prayers are with you all…I am so sorry you are dealing with this loss. I hope you find comfort in all the memories you shared.

- Stephen and Kim Camp , Pooler, Ga

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My prayers and condolences go out to and for the family. Riley was a star burning bright that he lit himself, professionally. He and I had begun a plan to help him achieve all the knowledge I could give him to make himself a force to be reckoned with professionaly. I was in awe watching him work AFTER he got off work. It was an amazing thing to watch how good he was at his job...with his self taught professionalism and work ethic. I wanted to teach him because he wanted to eagerly, so he could be the best at what he did! Riley, as you and I talked a short time ago....I won't let you down on the promises I made you! God speed and I got your back here on the things we talked about!

- Liz Newman & Family, Eden & Savannah, Georgia

I am so very sorry to hear of such a devastating loss.. my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of unimaginable grief.. I praybyou all find the peace and understand you all so gracefully deserve.. Love Always, Tina

- Tina Wilson and Family, Savannah, Ga

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Sending love & prayers to the family! No words can describe this unimaginable loss! God please lay your hands on this family & give them comfort during this heart wrenching journey they have ahead. We have so many years of great memories of Riley & the boy’s playing football together. Sending sincere condolences from our family to y’all’s! Love, Jennifer & Boy’s

- Donnelly-Williams Family, Ellabell , Ga

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My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole White family. Riley was such a sweet, kind hearted gentleman. I’m so so sorry for your loss.

- Kirsten Clark, Savannah , Georgia

Ever since knowing Riley I knew he was a special soul. He was the most loving, caring, and kind person I had ever met. Even when I moved away to DC he still followed up and told me always how proud he was. He was everyone’s biggest cheerleader and he loved being that person for others. My biggest condolences to the White family. Riley will be deeply missed ❤️

- Jami-Marie Storey, Washington , District of Colombia

We are so very saddened about the passing of Riley. Our sincerest condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sheila, Karyssa and Kobe Brinkley.

- Sheila K Brinkley, savannah, GA

My prayers are with the family and friends !

- Jim and Shelley Myrick , Savannah, GA

We are very sorry for your loss

- Tash rovolis , Savannah , Ga

Jan & Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss, praying for each of you that God's grace and mercy will sustain you through the times to come of dealing with this loss.

- Berri Hardiman Howard, Vidalia, GA

You have our deepest sympathy. Wishing you peace and sending prayers.

- Kristen Arnott and Reilly Williams , Savannah , GA

Joey, Jan and Family. Keeping you all in our prayers as you mourn the loss of your son Riley.

- Ralph Santiago, Savannah, Ga

All of us at John S. Connor Global Logistics offer our deepest sympathy to Joseph's family. He was a valued member of our Savannah team and will be greatly missed. Your family is in our prayers. Lee Connor

- Connor, Baltimore, MD

So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family in this most difficult time.

- Nicki Thrasher, Aiden , Savannah, Ga

So sorry for your unimaginable loss. I have you in my thoughts and wishing for peace for all of you.

- William Buster Yarborough, Savannah, GA

Jan, I did not know Riley as an adult but from all the post he sounded like a wonderful person. When I think of him I picture him as a four year old with a passion for wheels. He’d ride around and around in that circle. Surprised he did not sleep with that bike. Loved his froggy voice. Me sincerest condolences. May Gods ease your pain.

- Dubberly, Richmond Hill, Ga

We are beyond sad for your loss and Know that God will comfort you in knowing you’ll see him again one sweet day.

- Curtis & Donna Thomson, Savannah , Ga

Jan, Chandler and Grayson, I am so sorry for your loss of Riley. I have vivid memories of Riley as a student in my kindergarten classroom. He was so special. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cindy Whalen

- Whalen, Savannah, United States

I am Christian Ledbetter's grandmother. I had the privilege of knowing Riley when we lived in Savannah. He was a wonderful friend to Christian and remained so even after we moved away. My heart breaks for your loss. God bless you and your family.

- Kay Casey, Cedartown, GA

Jan & Joey, my sincere condolences for the loss of your Riley. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

- Kerry Fitts Johnson, Savannah, GA

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I love you Riley❤

- Mary White Miller, Savannah , Ga

My heart aches for you. Tears, words and prayers aren't enough to express our deepest sympathy during this most painful time. Riley shared his huge heart and beautiful soul with everyone he met. He was a devoted and loyal friend to so many and will be deeply missed. May God bless you and bring you strength and peace.

- Randy & Charlene Harrell, SAVANNAH, GA

Sending thoughts and prayers to y’all. I am so sorry for your loss.

- Tucker Lawson, Savannah , Georgia

So sorry for your loss of Riley … My deepest condolences & my thoughts, love & prayers for the White family.

- Susan Svoboda, Savannah , GA

May God over shower the family with peace and strength to get through this difficult time

- Cheryl Robinson, Savannah, GA

Jan, sending prayers that God will wrap his arms around you and comfort you and your family.

- Melissa Smoak Weatherly, Savannah, Ga

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Jan I am so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. This I know will be a hard time for you and your family. My prayers will be with you and your family Angela Ruiz-Browne

- Jan White, Savannah , Ga

Joey, My thoughts and prayers are with you and have been since Joseph passed. Happy memories make happy moments happen again

- David Vaughn , savannah, ga 31411

Our thoughts and prayers are with your Family.

- Jerry and Patti McLain, Tybee Island, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel