WILSON, N.C.—James E. "Jimmy" White Jr., 55, president and co-owner of White's Tire Service of Wilson Inc., died May 20 at his home in Wilson after a long battle with cancer. Following graduation from Carolina Military Academy and a stint in the U.S. Army, Mr. White joined the family business, founded by his father, James E. White Sr. He started at the White's Tire location in Morehead City, N.C., and then managed the Goldsboro, N.C., location which included a Bandag retread plant.
He returned to Wilson to manage the company's warehouse and retread plant and was named president in 1993.
Mr. White was a member of the International Tire and Rubber Association and its predecessor, the American Retreaders Association.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda, a daughter and two sons, including "Jade" who works for White's Tire. Other survivors include: his father, CEO of White's Tire; two sisters and two brothers, including Bobby who works for White's Tire; his stepmother, Sandra, also an employee; and two nephews—Lyman Albright, who works in commercial/retail sales, and Graham Wills IV, retread plant manager.