J. Marvin White, a retired certified public accountant, died on Sunday, June 2, 2019. He was 69.
He was born on Oct. 10, 1949, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Junius and Emma White. He was an active member of Southeast Presbyterian Church in Kansas City.
White graduated from Central High School in Kansas City in 1967. He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1971 and his master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 — setting the stage for a successful career in finance. It was on Penn’s campus where he met his wife, Mary-Etta Boxley.
White showed a great appreciation for fitness and recreation. Both tennis enthusiasts, he and his wife joined the Philadelphia Tennis Club and competed in numerous tournaments. Cycling was a favored hobby as they traveled through New England on bike tours. They married on July 27, 1974. In their 45 years together, they raised four daughters — Bianca, Brigitte, Brandyn and Brielle.
As a certified public accountant, White held various positions at financial consulting firms in Washington, Philadelphia and Manhattan until retiring from Vivaldi Partners in 2011. Drawing from his own experiences, White instilled a strong work ethic in his daughters and prioritized providing the best for his family.
When not crunching numbers, he kept busy by helping his daughters excel in academics. A constant motivator, White encouraged his daughters to seize opportunities and break glass ceilings.
White could be found in the stands cheering and keeping track of his daughters’ record-breaking results at their many national and international championships, including the U.S. Olympic Swim Team Trials, the Pan American Games, the Dad Vail Regatta and NCAA Championships. He especially loved the road trips to the University of Virginia for Brielle’s swim meets. Summer vacations to Martha’s Vineyard and Shinnecock in Southampton were his most cherished times of the year.
White had a passion for sports, computers and smooth jazz. Marvin Gaye and Dionne Warwick were among his favorite artists. He was also an avid listener of Sports Talk Radio and a huge fan of the Philadelphia 76ers. He was ecstatic over the recent Eagles Super Bowl win even though he forever held a spot in his heart for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Passionate about politics and global affairs, White was a World War II history buff and loved exploring military planes.
Refusing to let Parkinson’s disease slow him down, he and his wife loved to travel together internationally. Most recently in 2011, while visiting their daughter Brigitte in Germany, they traveled to Austria, France and Switzerland. The Canary Islands of Spain was one of his favorite trips.
In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by: his sons-in-law, Ommar, Aleksandar and Albert; grandsons, Lincoln, Luka, Thurgood, Tyree and Antonio; sister, Leona; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held June 10 at Salem Baptist Church, 2741 Woodland Road, Abington. Viewing is 8:30 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is in Fairview Cemetery.
Bruce R. Hawkins Funeral Home handled the arrangements.