James Arthur "Foggie" White was born in Sweetwater, Texas, to Edward and Lillian White. Foggie (as he is affectionately known ) graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in San Antonio, Texas where he excelled in football and basketball. He was offered and accepted a football scholarship to attend Prairie View A & M University, where he graduated in 1960.
While at Prairie View A & M, he was an exceptional student-athlete. He was a member of the 1958 National Football Championship team. And was selected to the 1959 All-SWAC Team as a defensive end. Additionally, he lettered all four years while a member of Prairie View A & M University football team.
Coach White began his coaching career in 1961 at Lincoln High School in Cold Spring, Texas. He later coached in Beaumont, Texas at Dunbar Middle School, Charlton-Pollard High School, Beaumont-Charlton-Pollard High School and retired as head basketball coach at Central High School in 1996.
His accomplishments as head basketball coach for 26 years included many accolades. He finished his career with a record of 612 wins, 213 losses and no ties, ranking 69th on the list of The Most Winningest Texas High School Basketball Coaches. His teams have won 14 district basketball championships and made it to three regional finals. Coach White was named Coach of the Year 14 times during his coaching career by the Beaumont Enterprise. He received awards of recognition from Texas High School Coaches Association for 300, 500 and 600 wins. In addition, he received the Milestone Coach Award from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches for 500 and 600 wins. He was inducted into Prairie View A & M University Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, Southeast Texas Coaches Hall of Honor in 2004 and Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
In addition to his numerous athletic awards, Coach White has been the recipient of the Beaumont Associate Social and Civic Club Achievement Award, The Houston- Prairie View Purple and Gold Outstanding Accomplishment in Youth Development Award, L.L Melton Outstanding Leadership Award and Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity Inc., Outstanding Accomplishment and Community Service Award.
Coach White is a member of Texas High School Coaches Association, Prairie View Athletic Club, Life member Prairie View National Alumni Association and Life member Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association. A member of West Tabernacle Baptist Church, Coach White was active in the men chorus and the Brotherhood ministry.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lillian White and a brother Edward White. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbara Ann Holts White; their children Troy Anthony White (Tausha) Beaumont, Texas; Dawn Annette White of Houston, Texas; Melody Ann White of Beaumont, Texas and Michael Alan White of Houston, Texas; his sister Eunice Shelton of San Antonio; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at West Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 3605 Waco Street at 10:30 a.m. A public viewing will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014 form 12:00 Noon until 5:00 p.m. at Mercy Funeral Home Chapel and visitation on Tuesday, .April 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the church with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Julie and Ben Rogers Cancer Institute and Prairie View A&M Foundation