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'Plug' White set example with long service to county

THE DAILY joins family and friends in mourning former District 1 Morgan County Commissioner E.V. "Plug" White who died Thursday night.

At age 73, Mr. White, who lived in Priceville, was active until Dec. 19, when he had an aortic aneurysm family members said.

Mr. White's years of service are testimony to how Morgan County voters felt about him and the job he did. He served 28 years before deciding not to run for another term in 1998. He was never defeated in his bids for re-election, and was second in Alabama among commissioners in longevity of service.

His appeal may have been that he never met a stranger. He was easy to approach about a problem and was always willing to listen and help if he could.

He generally smiled as he went about his daily job in District 1, making sure roads were maintained, paved and other needed details handled.

In addition to his full-time job as a county commissioner, he also ran the family's business, White Farms, following his father's death in 1972.

"He was a great commissioner and a very good friend," said District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark, who worked as White's foreman and succeeded him after he retired.

"He dedicated a large portion of his life to serving the people of Morgan County. He'll be missed very much by his friends, family and the community," Mr. Clark said.

Former Chairman Larry Bennich said White was a role model commissioner.

"Plug was a county commissioner who cared for his people. He did a lot for the county and was respected by his peers throughout the state," Mr. Bennich said. "He worked hard for things the county needed. He was just a good man, and he's going to really be missed by me, his family and friends."

These accolades were but a few of the many as word of his death spread across the state.

It will be a long time before he is forgotten.

THE DAILY joins in sending condolences to his wife Anne, his three sons, two daughters, and 14 grandchildren.

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