A beloved local pastor will be honored for his years of community service with a bridge dedicated in his honor on Saturday.
Rev. Glenn White, who is the retired pastor at Central United Baptist, will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Saturday by Delegate Rupert “Rupie” Phillips by having the bridge near Logan Regional Medical Center dedicated to him.
“We’re dedicating the bridge at the hospital for Rev. Glenn White and it will be named after him,” Delegate Phillips, who introduced the house resolution to name the bridge after White, said. “Coincidentally, the ceremony will also be held on his birthday.”
The bridge, which stretches over the Guyandotte River on State Route 10 in Logan, will be named the Reverend Glenn White Jr. Bridge. Signs will be installed at each end of the bridge.
House Concurrent Resolution 13 states: “Reverend Glenn White Jr. has dedicated his life to ministering the spiritual needs of others and has contributed in so many meaningful ways to the community of Logan; and
“Whereas, It is only fitting and proper that we acknowledge Reverend Glenn White Jr. for his many years of service to God and his country, and for the important contributions he has made to the community of Logan.”
In addition to his service as pastor of the church, Rev. White served with the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group, 15th Army Air Force in World War II as a tail gunner on a B-24 Liberator that flew 26 missions and was shot down over Innsbruck, Austria, in 1944. Rev. White was listed as missing in action for approximately three months before his safe return.
The resolution said he served his country with valor and distinction, rising to the rank of Staff Sargent by the war’s end.
Upon his return from World War II, White obtained a teaching degree from Marshall University and returned to Logan County to teach at at Omar Junior High.
Rev. White was called to the ministry and was ordained in 1955. He became assistant pastor at the Central United Baptist Church in Logan that year, and in 1957, he became pastor of the church. Today, White is retired, but still ministers to the congregation at Central United Baptist Church, having been involved with the church for 54 years.
White has also been active in Logan civic affairs.
The bridge dedication is open to the public and Delegate Phillips urged everyone to attend.