February 1, 1926 ~ January 22, 2008
Robert Leon White was the second of two sons born to Marion Wilburn and Verda Belle Haith-White in Detroit, Michigan on February 1, 1926.
Robert (known to everyone as Bob and Poppa Bob) grew up living with his parents and two older brothers, Howard and Ernie in Detroit, all of whom preceded him in death. In Jr., High School, Bob met and later married Arline June McKinney, the first of his four wives, his teenaged sweetheart and the mother of their two daughters, Debra White Bitson-Lyons (who lost her battle with cancer early in 2007), and Robin Belle White-Hitchcock. Bob also had a son, David Leon, with his fourth wife, Joyce.
While still in Detroit, Bob joined the United States Navy where he served for a period of four years. After serving in the Navy, Bob took a job working for American Airlines. Bob moved his family west to California where he became a bus driver and then a Sheriff for the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department. During that time, he met and then married his second wife, Eva. While he was working for the sheriff's department, Bob also was the owner of a trendy nightclub called Sophisticated Gents and a private Limousine service, Baron's Limousines, that catered to some of Los Angeles' elite celebrities. Bob's specialty for his limousine service is that he had all female drivers, one of which he married, Louise Golden, his third wife. Bob continued to work for the Sheriff's Department until his retirement.
Bob was a very outgoing person who enjoyed people and loved to have Fun. Bob was a lover of animals, dogs in particular. He also enjoyed sports. His favorites were football, basketball, baseball and bowling. Bob was an avid bowler and a member of several bowling leagues until his failing health forced him to quit. Bob moved to Inglewood, California where he lived until the time of his death.
Bob is survived by his two remaining children: A daughter, Robin Hitchcock, of Rancho Dominguez, California, a son, David Leon White, of Sylmar California, three stepchildren Valencia and Adrian (both children of Louise) and Carol (the daughter of his second wife, Eva). He also leaves to morn his passing, four grandchildren, Eric, Corey, and Morgan Bitson and Michael Hitchcock II, Seven great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Earth's loss is Heaven's gain, for Bob touched the lives of many. He was a wonderful and stern father who had a multitude of friends that will surely miss him. Now, Bob has gone home, to be with the Lord and his heavenly family. But, while He was here, He lived his life to the fullest and He did it His way.
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