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Allan White

December 8, 2018

Burial Date: December 13, 2018

St. Agnes Catholic Church 1680 Dixie Hwy. Ft. Wright, Ky Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m.

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Allan White, 94, originally from Dayton, Ky., and long-time resident of Ft. Wright, Ky., passed away Dec. 8, 2018, with his devoted family by his side.

He is predeceased by his wife, Betty Frances White; parents Dorothy Jarnigan White and James William White; son-in-law Ken Woodruff; and granddaughter Julie Woodruff.

Allan will be dearly missed by the many lives he touched as a loving husband, father and friend and through his influential career as a broadcast journalist at WCPO-TV 9 News in Cincinnati and long-time member of St. Agnes Parish in Ft. Wright, Ky. He is a model member of what is often called America’s “Greatest Generation.” In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and fought in both Pacific and Atlantic theaters aboard the destroyer escort USS Tatum. After returning home from the war, he married Betty Frances Perraut, from Maysville, Ky., to whom he was devoted for the next 68 years. In 1959, Allan joined WCPO-TV’s fledgling 9 News and embarked on a career as a pioneer in broadcast journalism that would span more than 30 years. His many roles at 9 News included reporter, producer, assignment editor and film archivist. He would conduct the first live remote broadcasts in Cincinnati television history and interview newsmakers ranging from baseball great Hank Aaron to President Harry S. Truman. All told, he would log more than 9,000 newscasts. He was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle. Like so many of his generation, he fought a war, raised a family, and built a career with humility and a dedication to family and community.

He is survived by children Michael Allan White (Hetty) of Lexington; James Byron White (Cheri Collis) and Patricia White Yost (Michael) of Louisville; Jo Ann White Davy (Paul) of Houston; Jane White Woodruff of Fort Thomas; 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; brother Kenneth George White (Corinne) of Cold Spring; nephew Dan White and nieces Melanie White Shaffer, Sally Green Ramirez and Mary Green.

Visitation Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, from 9 a.m. until funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m., both at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1680 Dixie Hwy., Ft. Wright, Ky. A private burial is planned.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the St. Elizabeth Foundation, 1 Medical Village Dr. Edgewood, Ky., 41017, or St. Agnes Parish, Park Hills, Ky.