Local Tuskegee airman passes away

William R. White

SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) — One of the famous Tuskegee Airmen has passed away.

William White of Smithfield died Friday. According to a recent obituary, he was one of the documented members of the flying trailblazers. White leaves behind his wife and three children. He was 88.

A viewing will be held Wednesday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Little Zion Baptist and funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Little Zion Baptist Church.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American pilots in the U.S. military. They overcame racial discrimination during their service in World War II.

The men became even more famous in 2012 when Hollywood made a movie about their heroism.

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