John White


156 Lindsey Hollow Road
Gallatin, TN
Home: 6152060955
Work: 6152060955

What song most reminds you of your school days?  
Graduation Day - Four Freshman
What teacher most influenced you?  
"J. Arley" Hootenpyle & Ms. Mary Cross
Which reunions have you attended?  
None (regretfully)


Fondest memories of your days at Central:
Of course, the football games! I also really made some good friends (whom, I regretfully, have not kept in contact with over the years). Also, I cherish the encouragement and positive of certain teachers to do my best. I also really enjoyed being part of the ROTC military drill team that went to Nashville for the state-wide drill team competition.

My life since graduation:  
After high school graduation, I worked full-time and attended my first year in college at UT Knoxville in the School of Liberal Arts. I then attended a year at University of Chattanooga (now known as UT-Chattanooga). I then returned to UT Knoxville (working full time) until I was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and sent to Ft. Campbell, KY for basic training and then sent to Fort McClellan, AL to train Tennessee National Guard members.

After being discharged, I returned to UT Knoxville and graduated with a BS degree in 1969. I attended UT Law School for one year (I know - “just enough law to be dangerous”!) and then went into insurance claims work with Allstate in Atlanta in 1971. I continued working for various insurance companies as a staff adjuster and manager.

In 1996, I started working with Crawford & Co. (as well as other "Cat" claims adjusting companies) doing catastrophe claims work all over the U.S. I am presently working claims in LA on the BP Gulf Oil Spill. For this reason, I will be unable to attend the 50th reunion.

I have been “semi-retired” for two years; however, I continue working because I love what I do.

In my personal life, I met my first wife, Janie Durham, in 1965 at UT Knoxville and married in 1966 (we were divorced in 1981) and we have 3 super great children - John Adam, who graduated from Auburn in Architecture and is married to Valerie and lives in Henderson, NC, Jonas Matthew - a “ski-bum” - who is my favorite child and lives and works in Alta, UT. and Rachel Catherine, who graduated from MTSU and is a registered dietitian. She is married to Bent Long who is presently in helicopter pilot training school in Dothan, AL. They have given me my first grandchild, Eve Charlotte Long, who was born on 4/26/10.

I met the "love of my life", Brenda "Dusty" in 1984 and we were married in a joint ceremony (with my little sister, Lori) in my step-mother's back yard in Cleveland, TN in 1986. Unfortunately, we have no children (if we did, they would be spoiled as hell).

I was looking forward to seeing old friends who graduated with me at Central; however, at this point, this appears impossible because of my commitment to the present assignment.