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Even in his late 70s, I.V. White mowed the grass for the church he served, friends say.
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Minister I.V. White dies at 88

ABBEVILLE , S.C. — In 1959, I.V. White left his job at the Packard Motor Car Co. in Detroit and moved to this small Southern town to preach.

The Church of Christ promised him $5 a week, but it took the congregation some time to deliver on that promise, he recalled.

Nonetheless, he stayed with the Haigler Street Church of Christ for 60 years, serving as minister and elder. White, 88, died Jan. 15.

He was “an astute Bible student and dynamic preacher who captivated audiences with his profound simplicity and stunning wit,” said Bryan C. Jones, minister for the Graceview Church of Christ in Anderson, S.C. 

White baptized “scores of believers into Christ, converted generations of families to Christ,” Jones said. “In one sermon he baptized over 30 believers with 60 responses to his message. He also trained and influenced many young preachers, including myself, and planted several churches throughout the Southeast that are still standing today.”

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