Dexter C. White, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Works for the City of Atlanta, passed away suddenly December 16, 2013. He was born August 17, 1962 in Metter, Georgia to Dora and the late George H. White, Jr. and was a proud graduate of Metter Public Schools. Following high school, Dexter attended Tuskegee University on a baseball scholarship. He transferred to Georgia Southern University and ultimately graduated from Fort Valley State University in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Prior to graduating from Fort Valley State University, he served two years in the United States Army; Dexter also graduated from Mississippi State University with a Masters in Public Policy and Administration. He was a collegiate of Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society.
White began his distinguished career in public service in Macon, Georgia as the Recycling Director, where he was recognized as the Department Head of the Year in 2001. After leaving Macon, he was appointed as the Solid Waste Director for the City of Albany, Georgia. Following that appointment, he became the Solid Waste Director for the City of Augusta – Richmond County, Georgia. White returned to work for the City of Macon, Georgia as the Public Works Director in 2000. He was later appointed as the Director of Public Works for the City of College Park, Georgia before accepting the position as the Director of Public Works for the City of Richmond, Virginia. White served as Interim Commissioner of the Department of Watershed Management and then he was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Public Works.
White was the first African American President of the Georgia Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. He was co-founder of the African Americans in Public Administration and was an active leader in the American Public Works Association and the National Forum of Black Public Administration.
As illustrious as they are, Dexter’s professional accomplishments paled in comparison to his community service. He served as an elder and trustee at St. Paul A.M.E Church in Macon, Georgia. A lifetime member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Dexter’s passion and commitment to the “frat” are legendary. A mentor and role model, he was elected President of the Upsilon Sigma Chapter at Fort Valley State College and honored as Omega Man of the Year in 1987. White served on many local boards including the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.
White is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Robin Moore White, his cherished children, Nigel Dexter and Zoe Simone; his mother, Dora C. White; one brother, George H. (Vetta Lisbon) White; one sister, Jennifer White (Robert) Wilson; one maternal aunt, Daisy Alvin; two nieces, one nephew and a host of cousins. He also leaves a large circle of associates, fraternity brothers and close friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Atlanta and the burial was held on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Lakeside First Baptist Church, Metter.
Murray Brother Funeral Home, Cascade Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Announcement courtesy of Whitaker Funeral Home