|1950 - 2008
Edward White, a legendary Fort Worth musician, died Saturday, Sept. 6,
2008, from complications of heart disease. He was a founding member of
Space Opera, a Fort Worth band that achieved national acclaim, and was
a skilled songwriter and producer.|
Memorial service: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at The Fairmount,
600 W. Magnolia Ave. in Fort Worth.
Phil was born in Fort Worth on May 26, 1950, to Gloria and Earl White.
He attended Tanglewood Elementary, McLean Junior High and Paschal High
School. As a founding member of Space Opera, he toured North America and
recorded for Columbia Records.
He performed with other eminent Texas musicians, including Bill Ham, Stephen
Bruton, and T Bone Burnett.
Driven by a larger-than-life personality and a determination to live life
on his own terms, Phil became nothing less than a folk legend in his hometown
Phil was a born showman and entertainer with a splendid sense of humor
-- often self-deprecating -- and was a gifted natural musician and composer.
He loved nothing more than to regale friends with stories and to play music
into the wee hours. In the recording studio he was an obsessive perfectionist.
Phil was also a teacher and mentor to young musicians.
He studied karate with martial arts master Pat Burleson and achieved the
fifth-degree black belt, but never flaunted his skills. He used his innate
self-confidence and intellect to navigate through lifeâ€™s
challenges. Phil was known as a protector; on many occasions he acted selflessly
and without hesitation to intervene in life-threatening situations on behalf
of friends and strangers.
Survivors: His brothers, Donnie White of Arlington, Lindsay White of Fort
Worth, Kevin White of Burleson and Stephen White of Austin; several nieces
and nephews; and a multitude oSeptember 14, 2009->
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