Tuesday morning Milton residents learned that long-standing city councilman Clayton White, 83, passed in his sleep.
White, who fell in love with Milton when he arrived at Whiting Field for active duty in 1951, would become a member of the Milton City Council in 1979 following the resignation of then Mayor Jim Pinke.
Pinke’s resignation allowed Mayor Pro-Tem Millard Adams to assume the role of Milton’s Mayor and White would be appointed to a seat he held until 1994. White would then be elected his current council seat in 2000.
“He served the city admirably until his death this morning,” said Adams on his Facebook page. “The city lost a fine public servant and I have lost another good friend.”
White, who lost his wife of 62 years Betty this past December, hailed from Southern Indiana and would open Tops TV and Appliances. Tops’, which is currently ran by White’s son Barry, was known for their wall of televisions that Clayton left on for the public to watch at night.
Prior to becoming a member of the Milton City Council, White served on the Santa Rosa Elections Commission and the Navarre Beach Board.
White was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Milton.
Funeral arrangements for White are unknown at this time.