By Johnny Gunter
24 June 2010
Carlton White, a two–term mayor for the town of Farmerville and owner-publisher of the weekly The Gazette newspaper in Farmerville, died early Saturday. He was 72.
Longtime friend, Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley, said White died en route from Farmerville to Glenwood Medical Center in West Monroe. He died from complications of a lung disease.
White served as Farmerville’s mayor from 1973-1977 and again from 1989-1993. He served on the town council from 1967 until 1972.
“He was one of the most civic-minded people I’ve ever known.” Buckley said. “He and his wife Betty always had a positive attitude about life even though both had medical problems. Their love for one another was steadfast.”
The Whites first purchased the weekly newspaper in Bernice in 1961 and then in 1963 they purchased The Gazette and combined the two. After selling the newspaper in 2003, White was a temporary employee for the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office serving as its public information officer and a liaison between the office and state and federal governments.
In that position, White helped obtain state and federal funds for the Union Parish Sheriff’s proposed new $4 million law enforcement complex at Farmerville.
“I talked with him Thursday and his main concern was that his health would hold out until he could see the project completed, but that was not to be.” Buckley said. Construction is scheduled to start on the project this summer.
An account has been opened at Community Trust Bank titled: JAMES CARLTON WHITE MEMORIAL FUND; c/o UNION PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE. The account # is: 20285899.