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Judge White was descended from one of the old families of Fauquier county, where his ancestors for generations had, like himself, spent their lives; his father was the late John L. White, who lived to see his son far advanced upon his successful career, as did his mother.
He left surviving him his devoted wife, who was a Miss Stuart of Stafford county, Virginia, and their three children, C. M. White, Jr., a business man of Washington city, J. Stuart White, his law partner at the time of his death, and his daughter Miss Nannie.
Judge White was never a strong or robust man, and his health had begun to fail for some months before his death, but the news of his sudden death, so far from home and friends, came as a great shock to his family and to the entire community. At the time of his leaving home for his vacation and rest, he was in full practice and constantly engaged at his desk, and in the courts, and attending to the affairs of the Fauquier National Bank, of which he had for some years been President. The success of Judge White and the high position he attained at the Bar, were not the result of any one brilliant attainment or service in any one important case of public interest, but were built upon surer foundations, slowly but surely upon the sound basis of the most painstaking and unflagging industry and close application to the details of his profession and the work about which he was engaged.
To every case brought to him and to all the business of every kind entrusted to his care, he gave his undivided and constant attention and applied an industry and persistent labor, rarely equalled, and thus by his diligent and constant labors, combined with a strong and keen intellect, and strong common sense, he worked his way to the front and earned the esteem and confidence of his clients and gained an enviable reputation as a lawyer, a safe and able counsellor and a strong and earnest advocate. He was thorough in all things, and in every case conducted by him in the court he was well prepared, having exhaustively studied the law of his case and knew all of the facts, he was never taken by surprise at the trial of his cases. He was remarkable for his neatness in the preparation of his papers, and was a man of wonderful system in handling his business and preparing his cases, always supplied himself with every convenience and device that would enable him to dispatch a great vclume of business with promptness and accuracy.
As Judge of the County Court he presided with dignity, and his rulings were cautious, fair and just, always informing himself throughly as to the law before announcing his conclusions. In the dispatch of the business of the court he was courteous and kind, and he brought to bear that patient attention to detail, that promptness and industry which so marked him at the bar, and he retired from the bench having made a most satisfactory and efficient judge.
By the Bar Judge White was held in high esteem as a lawyer and his advice was sought by his brother lawyers frequently, his clients had the utmost confidence in him, and by the whole county he was regarded as a public spirited citizen and an excellent man.
In his private life and in his home he was the kind, devoted and affectionate husband and father; a most genial kindly and hospitable man, devoted to his home and friends.
His life was ended in the full flush of his labors; faithful was he to every trust imposed upon him. He worked constantly and earnestly for whatever cause he espoused with courage and perseverance, he accomplished much, and died beloved and honored by the bar, bench and a host of friends and admirers. Warrenton, Va.
E. S. TURNER.