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Philip White

1950 - 2008
philobPhilip 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 and beyond.
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 life’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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