WHITE, NOLA (1906 ~ 2000). The following is a biography for Nola White who was buried at the State Cemetery by virtue of a governor's proclamation. The biography was gathered through Cemetery file materials.
Nola White was born in Nola, Mississippi, April 27, 1906, to Nola and Elizabeth White. He was next to the youngest of thirteen children, nine boys and three girls. Both parents passed away while he was very young, so he lived with family members. Nola is the last of his family.
Nola received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in 1927, seven of his brothers also graduated from this institution. In 1930 he obtained a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1932, and admission to the State Bar of Texas in 1932. He served as Student Editor of the Law Review in 1928-29 and as Trustee for Texas Law Review Association 1979-82, and was a Life Member of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Nola began his practice in Beaumont until his appointment as First Assistant Attorney General of the State of Texas in 1967 by the Honorable Crawford Martin where he served until he retired in 1972. In March 1971 a resolution of the Texas State Legislature, Senate Resolution No. 646, and House Resolution No. 257 honored Nola. In 1975 he became of counsel to the Law Firm of Hearn, Knolle, Livingston and Holcomb.
Endless hours throughout the years were donated by Nola and many honors were bestowed upon him for his endeavors in the Boy Scouts of America, the Optimist Club, Boys haven Orphans Home and Initiation of Crimestoppers in the State of Texas. He was a generous supporter of many charitable and civic organizations and he was a devoted and beloved father.
Nola married his wife, Etoile O'Bannon White, in 1940 in Starksville, Mississippi. Nola and Etoile moved to El Paso in 1985 to be near their daughter. Nola was a member of Scotsdale Baptist Church in El Paso and had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Austin where he was active in the Downtown Mens Bible class, now known as the Zollie Steakley Mens Bible Class. Obituary from the Austin American-Statesman, Sunday, January 30, 2000.