SPC Caleb Raye White

Born in Nashville, TN on February 24, 1993

Departed on March 4, 2017 and resided in Ft. Bragg, NC

Click on the links above for maps and directions. View current weather.

SPC Caleb Raye White, age 24, entered into eternity on March 4, 2017 at Ft. Bragg, NC.

On February 24, 1993 in Nashville, TN Caleb became the second of three sons born to Edward G. and Tina S. White. He spent the next 24 years feasting on the opportunities that life offered him.

Caleb was a 2011 graduate of Fairview High School where he was active in ROTC and wrestling. He loved working and found his first job with Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork. He remained there and worked with his family’s construction business until he departed for Army training in January 2012.

In the Army, Caleb excelled in his training and accomplishments. He was Airborne, Air Assault, paratrooper, Radio Signals Operator attached to the Special Forces at the time of his death. He had gone through Ranger Selection and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2015.

Caleb will be remembered for many different reasons. Some will recount his creativity, others will remember him as funny and sweet, and many will reflect on his personal faith. His family will cherish him as brave and fiercely loyal to those he loved.

He was passionate about history and learning – recalling dates, locations and people involved. He was a voracious reader with a special attachment to the works of John Steinbeck. His talents also extended to playing the guitar, song writing and a love for physical fitness.

In his circle of friends and family, social media erupted at the news of his death. A former teacher, Robbie Grayson wrote he was “by far one of the most obnoxiously intelligent students I taught, who balanced belligerence with deep-seated respect and an old-world affection that made me feel a part of his family.”  Caleb’s “old-world affection” will be his legacy.

In a private ceremony with military honors, Caleb’s family will welcome him home at Nashville International Airport on Friday. They will welcome friends to gather and celebrate his life on Saturday, March 18 from 12:00 until 2:00 PM at the Pavilion at Harpeth Hills, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN. The gathering will close with military honors being provided by the United States Army at 2:00 PM.

In keeping with Caleb’s unique approach to life, his family makes the following requests. If you wish to send flowers, they are fine with that decision, however, it is their desire that donations be made in Caleb’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, or to your preferred organization. Due to his love of reading, you may consider donating a book to a school library. Whatever you choose, honor his life with a random act of kindness. Do something to share his passion for life with someone else. Be a blessing to those who are not expecting it!

Additionally, his family requests that the appropriate attire for the Celebration of Life is “come as you are.” Be comfortable, as you know Caleb would want you to be.

Caleb is survived by his parents: Ed and Tina White of Franklin; brothers: David Edward White and Silas Tyler White; maternal grandparents: Bill and Faye Steekley of Murfreesboro; and paternal grandparents: Bonnie & David White of Old Hickory. He is also survived by extended family: Barb & Scott Graves, and their son: Jonathan, Lynn & Tim Holingsworth, “Uncle Dave” David Lee, and Van & Cheimi Steekley and their children: Heather, Ian and Erika.  William & Rhenee Steekley with their daughter Lyanna Rae.

14 Comments to SPC Caleb Raye White

  1. David and Sharon Lee
    March 9, 2017 11:23 am

    What a special Man, Service member, Friend and Nephew Caleb is to all that felt and enjoyed his company while he was here on Earth. He has departed but will never be forgotten. His smile was infectious and his love he poured out was fulfilling. This is a heartbreaking time for the family to have to endure his loss, but the pictures of our happiness will linger on and keep us all going somehow. Always remember Caleb’s smile as it was for us and not only for his loving spirit being portrayed from the window of his soul. May God Bless you and keep you till we meet again. Uncle Dave and Sharon Lee

  2. Lark Foster
    March 10, 2017 12:53 am

    To dear Caleb & his Beloved Dad, Mom & brothers. You guys are one of the most special families I’ve ever had the honor of having in my life. Too many words to write here, but I’m still going to write a few, you know me!

    I so look forward to celebrating Caleb’s life on the 18th with you all. Also, really looking forward to hearing some fun stories & maybe meeting friends of his I’ve never met. I know it will be as unique as he was (actually, “as he IS” because I believe he IS more alive then ever right now in Eternity)

    What do you guys bet that Dad’s got him mowing some gorgeous, lush, green pasture & teaching him just the right height to cut it)

    I have not stopped thinking about you all since this past Saturday. I will keep praying throughout the days ahead that you guys will get some solid sleep along with continued love & prayers from friends & family…so much that you will be covered continually.
    From my heart to your’s Ed, Tina, David, Caleb & Silas-I love you forever to Eternity,
    “Aunt” Lark

  3. David Walden
    March 10, 2017 10:07 am

    Was such a great man, and I’m a better person for knowing him. He always pushed me through the Army to better myself and always stayed in touch even after we split paths after AIT. I love you man and you will never be forgotten, see you in Valhalla brother.

  4. Kari Marceaux
    March 10, 2017 12:39 pm

    Knowing Caleb White was an honor.

    His friendship was a blessing to me and made a huge impact in my life, as I am sure he did in all of yours.

    Caleb will always be remembered for who he was; an honest and loving man with a big heart.

    He taught me more about myself than anyone else ever has.

    He got me to overcome fears and obstacles in my life to get where I am now.

    He was always good at being there for me through the good times and the bad.

    Ernest Hemingway once said “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Caleb, he, had the power to listen and not judge.

    That’s what I loved about him, he accepted everyone for who they were. Caleb graced us with his altruistic behavior by always putting everyone before himself.

    He was a great man and for that he will be remembered, Forever and Always.

    Thank you, Caleb, for blessing me with your friendship for the last 7 years, I couldn’t have asked for a better one.

  5. Luc Boivin
    March 10, 2017 1:49 pm

    Wishing great peace over many in the loss of someone I grew to love as my brother. Apart from that there are no words to express the sense of loss I personally feel like many. It further saddens me that I will be unable to make it back in time for the Saturday service. Please accept my condolences.

  6. Norene DeRoo
    March 10, 2017 4:04 pm

    Ed & Tina ,we were so sorry to hear about Caleb , our prayers are with you and all your family at this time.
    Our thoughts will be with you and family next Sat.
    Norene & Gary DeRoo

  7. Ketiba and Daniel Johnson
    March 10, 2017 5:18 pm

    I know that your faith will keep you all strong. Please know that the prayers of so many people are with you all and your wonderful family. I hope that you all can find some solace in knowing that your loss is shared so deeply.

  8. Robbie Grayson
    March 11, 2017 8:22 am

    Dear Ed, Tina, David, and Silas,

    Each of you are loved by the Grayson family: Robbie, Sharilyn, Katie, Edith, Liam, Aidan, Ellen, and Jane. The older three remember Caleb fondly. Sharilyn and I are grieved as parents of six children. I am grieved as a friend. I will always remember your boy. Love from us.

  9. Gregory Freeman
    March 11, 2017 7:43 pm

    Ed, Tina and family,
    We are sending our love and prayers to you at this difficult time. No words can ease your pain. However, know how much we love you and are thinking of you.
    Much love always and forever,
    Gregory, Amy, Lauren, Anthony and William Freeman

  10. Amy Nolte
    March 12, 2017 5:28 pm

    No words can say what the heart feels but we love you and will miss Caleb deeply. He is in our thoughts and hearts and we smile when we think of him. Praying for you all .

  11. Kari Marceaux
    March 13, 2017 8:23 am

    Knowing Caleb White was an honor.
    His friendship was a blessing to me and had a huge impact in my life, as I am sure it did in all of yours.
    Caleb will always be remembered for who he was; an honest and loving man with a big heart.
    He taught me how to love with all of my heart, to always go after what I want, and to never let obstacles or people stand in my way.
    He showed me how to be strong, by being strong himself.
    His tenacious character gave me hope to persevere in my own endeavors.
    He helped me overcome my fears by giving me courage to achieve my dreams. It’s because of him that I chased after my longtime dream to live in North Carolina. Since that bold move, my life has improved tenfold.
    Ernest Hemingway once said “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Caleb, he, had the power to listen and not judge. That’s what I loved about him, he accepted everyone for who they were.
    Caleb graced us with his altruistic behavior by always putting everyone before himself.
    For example, when I had dislocated my knee he was always checking to make sure I was okay. During the hurricane he made sure I was completely safe and out of harm’s way. He always had a way of making me feel “protected.”
    He was a great man and for that he will be remembered.
    Forever and Always.
    Thank you, Caleb, for blessing all of us with your kind heart and friendship over the years.
    I could not have asked for a better friend and my soul will always be grateful to have known you.

  12. Debbie Archer
    March 13, 2017 4:46 pm

    Ed and Tina we are so terribly sorry for your loss no words can express what you all are going through. It just know you are in our prayers.

  13. Annette
    March 17, 2017 6:00 am

    My deepest sympathy to each of you for your loss. When death overtake our loved ones, we feel helpless.  We can take comfort in knowing that our heavenly Father is there to help us during this difficult time. He is close to the brokenhearted.

    Psalms 34:18

  14. Diand and Patrick Willard
    March 18, 2017 2:26 pm

    Sending each of you big hugs. Your family will always hold a special spot in our hearts. I remember Caleb as such a fun, independent little kid and it’s clear from reading about him, he became a wonderful strong man. I can’t imagine your pain, but am reminded of what a friend of mine’s child said after the death of his sibling. He woke his parents one morning and said, “I don’t feel sorry for us, I feel sorry for all those other people.” When asked what other people he was talking about, he answered, “All those that didn’t know my brother. We are the lucky ones.” I feel that is certainly true for Caleb. We who knew him are the lucky ones. I’m holding your heart in my hands friends. May you find peace.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

d
c