Truman Lewis White, 95, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was born Feb. 13, 1913, in Mammoth Spring, Ark., the son of the late Harmon and Nellie (Carroll) White, and died May 22, 2008, at the Shepherd's View Residential Care in Alton, Mo.
He was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad for 34 years in the greater Kansas City area. He was a certified yard master, engine foreman, switchman and brakeman for the Kansas City Terminal Railroad, the Rock Island Railroad and the KCS-Kansas City Southern Railroad. During his service as a switchman, he switched the Pullman car that carried the atomic bomb, which was guarded by a squad of soldiers with orders to shoot anyone who approached within 60 feet of the car. He told the Army captain that unless he threw the rail switch, the Pullman car would sit on the tracks for a very long time. The Army captain relented and Truman threw the switch. When the captain returned two weeks later, he told him they had been transporting the atomic bomb. Truman was also a Master Mason and a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 643 in Kansas City, Mo.
Survivors include: one daughter, Joyce White Somraty of Lodi, Calif.; one son, Delbert White of Inez, Texas; two granddaughters, Laurelle White of Fort Worth, Texas and Lanelle White of Victoria, Texas; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife; Melissa Odell (Young) White; his parents, Harmon and Nellie (Carroll) White; one sister, Beatrice (White) Beets; and one brother, John White.
Graveside services were held May 27 at the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring. Arrangements were under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Mammoth Spring.