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Jonesborough businessman Chester White dies

Chester White, one of Jonesborough’s oldest business owners, died Saturday at the Johnson City Medical Center. He would have been 91 on March 17.
He was a native of Union County and son of the late William Dewey and Emma Jane Calloway White of Telford.
In addition to his parents, White was also preceded in death by a brother, Roma White, Telford, and a sister, Ruth Broyles, Jonesborough.
He married Louise Loyd on Nov. 16, 1940. The couple spent 61 years at 808 Mill Springs Road.
He was owner and operator of White’s Auto Parts, sharing ownership with his two sons, Don and Kyle.
White’s granddaughter, Patti White, says he always treated his employees with dignity and respect.
“He would treat a person like he would want to be treated,” she said. “He expected an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. You couldn’t ask for a better person.”
White’s voice broke as she talked about her grandfather’s pride in his family and his heritage.
“He taught me how to appreciate my heritage, where I came from,” she said, “and not to forget how hard it is to come from humble beginnings.”
The oldest of eight children, White described her grandfather as a man who “came from nothing.”
“He worked really hard all his life,” she said.
June would have marked White’s 54th year in business. He started with White’s garage on courthouse square, later purchasing the store’s current location in 1967.
White served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany and France from 1944-46. He had started working for Cox Walker Tractor in 1940, before his time in the Army, and upon his return, he continued to work there for a total of 17 years.
In 1957 he decided he wanted to go out on his own.
White farmed on the side, something he continued to do almost until the day he died. But he was most proud of his business and joked he had been on his corner (of Main Street and Boone Street) for 60 years and that he had never left.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Louise Loyd White, Jonesborough; and two sons, Don White and wife, Jewel, and Kyle White and wife, Beverly, all of Jonesborough.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Wayne Boswell officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. prior to the service.
Interment services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Fairview Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the White family online at