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While searching for the picture that would accompany Nicholas White's obituary, his parents, Dianne and Frank, said one jumped out at them: the one with the beaming smile and the dimples.

"That great big smile -- that's the Nicky we always knew," Dianne White said. "He had such an enthusiasm for life."

Nicholas Edward White, 18, died Monday in Fort Worth from heart failure brought on by complications from cerebral palsy.

As a child, he was a champion bowler in the Special Olympics and loved to dance, his parents said.

While his condition deteriorated as he got older, his parents said he never lost his love of music, especially rock 'n' roll. He also enjoyed going to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the circus, and attending his classes at Jo Kelly Special Education School.

"He loved getting to interact with people, he had a great  laugh and smile" Frank White said. "He never got to run and play, do those things that normal kids get to do. That's why we're happy for him now. We know he's getting to do those things."

Besides his parents, he is survived his older brother, Thomas; and grandmother, Dorothy Kral.


Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home, 702 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at South Hills Christian Church, 3200 Bilglade Road, Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 3/15/2006.

The Star (Written by Vicki Stine from Nicky's School and Read by Cousin Gretchen McKee)  
The Star

Once I saw a star

That flickered in the night

The star seemed very small

It didn’t give out much light

But even in the distance

I watched the flickering glow

I knew of its importance

To help my spirit grow

The light it shed upon me

Though small, was very real

The power of its existence

Seemed strong as bands of steel

Those bands they wrapped around me

They made me feel so strong

The shackles of frustration

Were loosened and were gone

A sense of satisfaction

Swept through my weary soul

A feeling of completion

For now I had control

I staggered for a moment

To gather thoughts inside

And I saw other stars

That could not from me hide

I knew that there were many

That shone from all around

A source of strength from each

Inside me did abound

I couldn’t help but notice

The peace I felt within

For stars were all around me

If I needed one of them…

Copyright © Vicki S. Stine    2006

Eulogy Written by Former Teacher Peggy Charette (Read by Diana Worle)  
Although I am far from all of you today, I want you to know that you are in my heart (haht) and in my thoughts.  I retired in 1999 but friends like Dianne continue to keep in touch and make me still feel a part of the Jo Kelly family.  For this I am truly blessed!
   I am also truly blessed to have very special memories of Nicky. How excited I was to FINALLY get a red-headed student, my own leprechaun, in my classroom.  And to top it that loved rock n'roll music.  Being an Irish Bostonian who was definitely around in the 60's, it doesn't get much betta! (Ask my former assistants.)
    Well, it did get better.  He came with a wonderful mother, father, brother and extended family.  They were always there for us. He also came with a joy for life that was seen in his "leprechaun" smile that brightened our day.  Nicky was a great student but a better teacher.  He taught us how to love life and to love our family and friends.  Nicky taught us how to forgive..Yes Nicky forgave!  He continued to be my friend after all of my Irish antics, especially around St. Patrick's Day.  He loved the fun and especially the dancing of this day.  Above all, I believe that each of us that was touched by Nicky has a "special life's lesson" that he taught us.  Thank you Nicky for this.
    In ending, I want to say thank you to the White Family for sharing your red head with me.  Thank you to Jo Kelly for the memories. Above all, thank you, Nicky, for all that you have taught me.   From an Irish prayer..."Until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand."   With love, Peggy

White, Nicholas Edward Obituary  
Nicholas Edward White, 18, died Monday, March 13, 2006, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at South Hills Christian Church, with the Rev. Dottie Cook officiating. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Memorials: His memory may be honored with a gift to the Jo Kelly Family Organization, 201 N. Bailey, Fort Worth 76107.

At 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Nicky was taken home by angels to live in his heavenly home, where he can sing and dance for Jesus. He had waited his whole life for this chance. Nicky was born into a body controlled by cerebral palsy. He was a welcomed, cherished gift from God who joined the White family when he was eight months old. His heart was full of joy and happiness and he loved to socialize with all those around him. Nicky loved music and the chance to dance. As he got older, his body began to betray him and more and more of his freedoms slipped away, yet he fought to continue to do as much as he could.

Nicky attended a great and caring school, Jo Kelly. The teachers and staff, as well as the students, were his friends and surrogate family for most of his life. He was a member of South Hills Christian Church.

The family extends their gratitude and appreciation to the many caring nurses and doctors in the Cook Children's Medical Center PICU for their help and support on this final journey with our son. 

Nicky was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Frank White and Edwin Kral Sr.; and his grandmother, Bonnie White.

Survivors: Parents, Dianne and Frank; big brother, Thomas; grandmother, Dorothy Kral; aunts and uncles, Veva and Melvin Petty, Edwin and Lawaynda Kral, Calvin and Scooter Kral, and Cathy and Jimmie Hanzelka, and all of their children and grandchildren. 

Published in the Star-Telegram from 3/15/2006 - 3/16/2006.

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