E. Homer White Jr., 87, House speaker pro tem

August 12, 1998

E. Homer White Jr., a former speaker pro tem of the Maryland House of Delegates and Democratic state senator from the Lower Shore, died Sunday of pneumonia at the Salisbury Center Genesis Eldercare. He was 87 and a lifelong resident of Salisbury.

Mr. White was first elected to the General Assembly in 1947 and served until 1969, when he resigned to become assistant director of the state Department of Motor Vehicles field services division on the Eastern Shore.

In 1974, he was elected to the state Senate and served a single term. He was defeated in the 1978 Democratic primary.

"Politics and tennis were two things that he really enjoyed," said his wife of 57 years, the former Rebecca Beach.

Weather permitting, on Wednesdays at the Salisbury city park, Mr. White taught tennis to children.

According to family members, Mr. White was most proud that he got the state to sell the historic federal-style Poplar Hill Mansion to Salisbury for $1. The mansion, the oldest building in Salisbury, was built by Maj. Levin Handy in 1795 and is a national historic site.

Mr. White was a graduate of Wicomico High School and attended William & Mary College and Strayer Business College. He worked for E. Homer White Shoe Co. on Main Street, one of the oldest businesses in Salisbury, until he joined the Army during World War II. He was a military police officer in Europe and was discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1945.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, North Division and High streets, Salisbury, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Mr. White also is survived by two sons, Edward Homer White III of Mardela Springs and John Morgan White of of Salisbury; a sister, Lella White Clark of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 8/12/98

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