Parker County Today November 2017 - Page 89

Parker County Today: What do you do in your day to day?  Bob White: I oversee employees and operations of four White’s Funeral Home locations, East Greenwood Cemetery, and Memory Gardens of the Valley Memorial Park. PCT: How did you get into this business?  BW: White’s Funeral Home has been family owned and operated since 1908. It was started by my grandfather, W.A. White, and was passed on to my father. I am the third generation, and my daughter, Anita, is the fourth.  PCT: What is your backup job if you weren’t in this business?  BW: I would be an investor. PCT: What is your favorite thing about your job?  BW: My favorite thing is being able to help families in their time of need, leaving them with a lasting memory that honors and pays tribute to the life of their loved one. PCT: What have you learned in pursuing your field?  BW: I have learned that each family has differ- ent needs, so it is imperative that you listen to each family and do your best to accommodate their individual requests. PCT: What advice can you give others who may want to follow in your footsteps?  BW: Be respectful, compassionate and caring. There is nothing quite as rewarding as bringing a smile to grieving families. PCT: What is the best piece of advice you can give to customers? BW: There are many benefits to pre-planning funeral services. I know that there is a certain stigma associated with discussing your funeral with your family. That being said, it is an impor- tant conversation to have, and pre-planning takes much of the stress off of the family in what can be one of the darkest times of their lives. PCT: What is the most interesting thing you have seen in your field? BW: Every day of my 50-plus years in the funer- al business has been interesting, and [each day] brings new experiences. PCT: What is something that others don’t know about you or your job?  BW: About me personally, I am an avid reader; I read several periodicals and books a week. As far as the business is concerned, most of the younger generations probably don’t know that in the “old days” funeral homes were incor- porated as part of furniture stores or general mercantile shops. This is how my grandfather started over 100 years ago. In the early years, he unintentionally purchased a whole railroad car full of caskets. It so happened that right after their delivery there was a casket shortage and we were the only company who was able to provide caskets in the Parker County area. That was probably the “jump-start” of making White’s Funeral Homes what we are today. November 7: currently enrolled & returning students November 29: new & transfer students Spring 2018 Registration begins 87