St. John's Cemetery Individual Record

[No Photo]Beverly Ashby White

Beverly Ashby White
(January 18, 1862 -- February 5, 1894)

Section: 13
Space: 1
Lot: 24
Parents: Dr. Robert C. and F.B. White
Place of Birth: Louisiana
Occupation: Government
Owner: R. C. White
Area: 1

Born in Louisiana to parents, Dr. Robert Catlett and Florilla Berwick White, Beverly Ashley White initially was employed as an inspector for the U.S. Customs Service in Pensacola.  However, at the time of his death, he was a conductor for the L&N Railroad, almost 32 years of age and unmarried.  At 2:00 am, near Molino, he exited the caboose to direct the engineer back to make a coupling.  So he could be seen easily, he got on top of the caboose.  When the two sections were near each other, the engineer reversed his engine to slow the reverse.  This sudden jolt threw White off and several cars passed over his body, "crushing it into a shapeless mass."  His funeral took place at 4:00 pm that afternoon at Christ Episcopal Church.  He was a member of the Chipley Light Infantry and was buried with full military honors.  The funeral was very large.