Avary I. White, 95, of 2725 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, Ga., passed on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Tapestry House Assisted Living.
Avary was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Lander, Farmington Township, Pa., the son of the late Irwin G. and Grace Strickland White.
He graduated Lander High School in 1936, and worked as a farm worker before being employed by construction companies in Cleveland, Ohio, Avenel, N.J., and Jamestown, N.Y. Avary was employed by the Jamestown Metal Corp for 36 years as a spot welder and retired in 1982.
In November 1942, Avary entered the U.S. Army and was trained in Oregon, Arizona, California, and Colorado. While stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo., his wife, Grace, whom he married on Nov. 27, 1943, joined him and they grew to love the area, later taking many vacations there with their daughters.
In August 1944, he was shipped to Cherbourg Harbor, France. While in the U.S. Army, he spent time in Belgium, Holland, Germany and France, and served as the leader of a rifle squad with the 104th Infantry Division, the Timberwolves. On Nov. 18, 1944, he was wounded at Stolberg, Germany, sent to Paris, and from there flown to England. His upper arm bone was shattered. In January 1945, Avary was shipped back to the United Ship aborad a Liberty Ship. He convalesced at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., which had been transformed into a military hospital during the war, and at Convalescent Hospital, Camp Edwards, Mass. He was discharged in August 1945. In 1946, he had a bone graft at Batavia Veterans Hospital on his wounded arm. Avary received the Purple Heart Medal for his injury.
Avary was a former member of Falconer United Methodist Church in New York State. He was a life member of Illig Chapter Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Frewsburg American Legion Post 556.
He loved baseball, collecting coins and stamps, feeding the birds and the works of Mark Twain and Will Rogers.
He was so proud of his family, and enjoyed spending more time with them once he and Grace moved to Georgia in 2005.
He is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Ron) Kindland; four grandchildren: Bryan (Sarah) Kindland, Johns Creek, Ga., Jason (Chi) Kindland, Johns Creek, Ga., Bradley White, Rosamond, Calif., and Laurel White, Norcross, Ga.; six greatgrandchildren: Joshua White, Brandon Kindland, Matthew Kindland, Emily Kindland, Nathan Kindland and Adam Kindland.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Grace, Aug. 6, 2008; a daughter, Marilyn White, who died in 1982; four brothers: Ralph, Sidney, Frederick and Herbert Maurice; and one sister, Merna Sears.
A private memorial service will be held at Tapestry House. Interment will be in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga.
Memorials may be made to Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, 3720 DaVinci Court, Suite 400, Norcross, GA 30092.
Arrangements are by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society in Alpharetta, (678) 7355500