NeveHarms Ray White graduated from Woodruff High School in 1945. He was an All-Conference Guard in football and when his Navy career was over, he played football at Bradley under Coach A. J. Robertson.
Always active in sports, he volunteered and was the head scorekeeper at Bradley from 1955-1983. He also kept score for the Bradley women's basketball team from 1981-1988. Ray also kept score for the IBCA All Star games at Illinois State and Bradley. He was also responsible for the supersectional games at Robertson field house in 1979 and 1980. He also kept score for Peoria Central basketball games and also at the Pekin Holiday Tournament.
If there was a high school basketball game or football game, Ray was there in some capacity. His volunteering continued when he co-founded the Peoria Girls Sport League Softball and Basketball leagues, along with Carol May, last yearís Neve Harms winner.
He coached in Peoria Central's Little League program, and in 1993 Ray was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a friend of basketball.
Every quality that Neve Harms had, was exemplified in Ray White's life.
Peoria and the sports world lost one of its finest when Ray was stricken with a fatal heart attack last Thanksgiving night. [written 1998]
Ray is survived by his wife Marge, daughters Patti, Julie, Mary, Annie, and son Mike.
Ray White graduated from Woodruff High School in 1945. He was an All-Conference Guard in football and when his Navy career was over, he played football at Bradley under Coach A. J. Robertson.
A two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at both Limestone High School and Illinois Central College, Thome went on to a legendary baseball career as one of the top sluggers in Major League Baseball history. A 13th-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome made his MLB debut in 1991. After a 22-year career with Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, Thome ranks seventh in Major League history with 612 home runs and 24th with 1,699 runs batted in, while boasting a .276 career batting average. He was a five-time All-Star and received Most Valuable Player votes in nine different seasons. Thome helped Cleveland to World Series appearances in both 1995 and 1997 and he hit 17 career postseason home runs. Thome led the American League in slugging in 2002 (.677) and the National League with 47 home runs in 2003 and he received a 1996 Silver Slugger Award. Thome also was the 2006 Americal League Comeback Player of the Year. Recognized for his integrity, sportsmanship and community involvement, Thome received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award and the 2004 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The Cleveland organization dedicated a statue of Thome outside Progressive Field following his official retirement in 2014.