Merrill White © Enid News and Eagle 04-04-2012 Submitted by Jo Aguirre
ENID — Merrill White was born in Cherokee, Okla., Nov. 30, 1924. He was the fifth of six children born to Marion and Iva White.
He spent his adolescent years in the Cherokee area, graduated from high school there in 1942.
A few months after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, where he served admirably until the end of World War II three years later.
He married Katherine Frazee in March 1947. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Following his discharge from the Air Corps, Merrill was engaged in livestock sales with his father for several years.
In 1956, he joined the U.S. Immigration Service and patrolled the border between the United States and Mexico for the next 20 years. He served in El Paso, Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Upon retiring from the Border Patrol in 1977, Merrill and Katherine moved to Hideaway, Texas, where they have lived since.
Merrill was an avid golfer and loved sports of all types. A very gregarious person, he was at his happiest when engaged in conversation or activities with his friends or family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John, Louis and Jack; and a sister, Ruth Anne Immell and husband Jack.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine of the home; one brother, Tom and wife Evelyn of Oklahoma City; sister-in-law, Sue White (Jack's wife) of Dallas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside service will be conducted at Cherokee Cemetery in Cherokee, Okla., on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 1 p.m., with the Pastor of First Christian Church officiating. Arrangements by Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale, Texas.
(Submitted by family)
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