Obituaries for 12/18

December 18, 2002

Jonathan C. Helman

FORT RUCKER, Ala. - Chief Warrant Officer II Jonathan Charles Helman, 30, of 26 Kirby St., died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, from injuries suffered in a helicopter accident while serving on active duty in the U.S. Army in Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.

Born May 15, 1972, in McConnellsburg, Pa., he was the son of Carla Pittman Helman of McConnellsburg and John E. and Norma DeShong Helman of McConnellsburg.

He was a Chief Warrant Officer II Blackhawk pilot in the U.S. Army for two years; and served in the U.S. Air Force for nine years attaining the rank of staff sergeant.


He was a Protestant.

He is survived by his wife, Stacey Clippinger Helman, whom he married May 1, 1993; one son, Cody R. Helman of Fort Rucker; one sister, Kim Golden of Warfordsburg, Pa.; three brothers, Vincent J. Helman of Shippensburg, Pa., Tech. Sergeant Joseph A. Helman of San Antonio and Anthony M. Helman of McConnellsburg; maternal grandmother, Doris Pittman of McConnellsburg; maternal stepgrandmother, Mary E. DeShong of McConnellsburg; two nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenneth Pittman.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Sipes Funeral Home, McConnellsburg. The Revs. Barron Barley, Donald Bard and William Swope will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, McConnellsburg, with military services by the U.S. Army Honor Guard of the Carlisle (Pa.) Barracks.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Visitation also will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First National Bank of McConnellsburg, c/o John E. Helman for Cody R. Helman, 101 W. Lincoln Way, McConnellsburg, PA 17233.

Bennett S. White Jr.

WILLIAMSPORT - Dr. Bennett S. White Jr., 93, of 16505 Virginia Ave., died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Homewood in Williamsport.

Born Oct. 22, 1909, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Bennett Sexton White Sr. and Mary Jane Babcock White.

He was a graduate of Morgantown, W.Va., public schools. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of West Virginia, Morgantown, in 1931. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Scholastic Fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa Social Fraternity, Delta Sigma Rho Forensic Fraternity and captain of the Debating Team. He received his master's degree in 1934 and his Ph.D. in Economics in 1937 from Harvard University Graduate School, Cambridge, Mass.

During the academic year 1934 to 1935, he did a fellowship at the Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C., studying the problems of the American cotton industry. His studies and writings had bearing on the direction and mechanicazaition of the raw cotton industry in the United States.

He was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1945 until his retirement in 1973, receiving recognitions including the Superior Service Award and the Certificate of Merit.

He was an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Williamsport.

From 1939 to 1942, he was a member of the staff of the Department of Marketing and Finance at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture at Lexington, teaching marketing and pricing, counseling graduate students and writing on tobacco marketing.

In 1945 at the Department of Agriculture in Washington he worked on market research on increasing productivity of food and agriculture in the United States and foreign countries. In 1959, he was a delegate to the International Conference of Agriculture and Food Economics in Mexico City. In 1960, he accepted an assignment from the University of Kentucky in cooperation with the U.S. government and the Department of Agriculture to monitor, advise and increase the productivity of agriculture in Indonesia.

In 1965 in cooperation with the University of New Castle, he joined a group of delegates, as part of an organization for cooperation, development and compiling information on the agricultural production and finished materials in European countries.

From 1968 to 1970, the United States government and the Department of Agriculture sent him as a policy adviser to Kenya to help monitor the agriculture production of the new country.

He was a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C.; Conservation Organizations, World Wildlife Fund, National Parks and Conservation Association and National Resources Defense Council.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary E. Wildman Bennett; three sons, Bennett S. White III of Shiloh, Tenn., John C. White of Huntsville, Ala. and Tenterden Kent, England and Robert A. White of Moraga, Calif.; one brother, Dr. Charles P. White of Potomac, Md.; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Anna B. White; and one brother, DeWitt White.

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