March 4, 2021

Coach Archie White

Archie J. White, 86, of Carrollton, GA, died Sunday, July 26, 2020.

He was born December 11, 1933, to the Archie White, Sr. and Lilly Monsour White of Meridian, MS.

A graduate of Meridian High School, White received a baseball scholarship to the University of Mississippi.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Ole Miss, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Braves, but Uncle Sam called him to the army.

After fulfilling his military obligation, White pitched in the Braves organization until he was sidelined by an arm injury.

During his off-season with the Braves, White taught biology at Gallatin High School in Tennessee. After his retirement from professional baseball, he coached and taught at Dixie Hollins High in St. Petersburg, FL, as well as coaching the Montreal Expos.

In 1968, Coach White accepted the position as head baseball coach and physical education instructor at West Georgia College, coaching for 21 years and teaching another 8 years before his retirement from the university in 1997.

During his coaching career, he earned the distinction of winning more than 600 games, and many of his players were drafted into baseball’s professional ranks.

Hundreds of young people throughout the West Georgia area have fond memories of attending one of Coach White’s many summer baseball camps held at West Georgia College and of being taught proper stance, batting, and pitching techniques by the renowned Coach White himself.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree, White earned an M.A. in Health and Education in 1965 at Middle Tennessee State University and an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling at West Georgia in 1977.

Among his many accolades, White was the Rawlings District Coach of the Year, was inducted into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame, the West Georgia College Sports Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame.

His second love was softball. He played for many summers for the Georgia Peaches summer travel team and the Real Estate West team with Mitt Conerly. He was named 1st team All-American in the ASA National Tournament.

A long-time resident of Carrollton, Coach White served on the Library Board, the Carrollton Recreation Board, and was a past member of the Kiwanis Club and the M Club at Ole Miss.

After his retirement, he was employed for 10 years in Public Relations at Gold’s Gym.

In addition to his parents, White was preceded in death by a brother, Jeff Anderson White of Meridian, MS.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty, and their son Christopher Wade White, both of Carrollton; a sister Frances Black, Monroe, LA; sister-in-law Carrie Dismukes Mabrey, Gallatin, TN; and many nieces and nephews including Brach and Michele White, Carrollton, AL; Suzanne White, Meridian, MS; Brent and Shannon White, Meridian, MS; Norvel “Sandy” and Tara Baker, Gallatin, TN; Beth and Larry Anderson, Nashville, TN; Adelaide and Christopher Corkern, Bluffton, SC; Susan Baker, Gallatin, TN; Mark Black, Las Vegas, NV; Beth Stein, LaGrange, GA; Karen Steffins, Monroe, LA; and Todd Black, Baton Rouge, LA.

In keeping with his wishes, Mr. White was cremated.

Memorial services have not been planned at this time, but those who wish to do so may contribute online to a University of West Georgia baseball scholarship in Coach White’s memory at www.giving.westga.edu.

Add RE Fund # 2232 Archie White Scholarship in the “Designation” boxes, or contact the university.

Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com.

Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.

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