Elijah White, was affectionately known as "Cash" departed this life on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Cash was born to the late Clotee and Matthew James White on January 26, 1937, in Jackson County, Florida. He was the oldest of thirteen children.
Cash came to Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1959, with his childhood friend, Jack Weston. Mr. White worked in several hotels throughout Atlantic City as well as the Smithville Inn, Laborer's Union Local #415 and the Iron Worker's Union #399. He worked hard to provide for his family. He would work as a caddy on the local golf courses to earn extra money when the construction trade was slow. His ability to work hard came from his childhood when he plowed the fields with a mule in the hot Florida sun.
In 1960, he was bitten by the boxing bug. He could be seen jogging on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and all about town to get himself in shape for his next upcoming boxing match. Cash trained at Byrd's Gym in Pleasantville, New Jersey with several well known boxers including – Sonny Liston, Ernie Terrell, Doug Jones and many others. His professional career included matches in the Tri-State area, New York, and Washington, DC. His most memorable fight was with Joey Giardello in 1966. What made it so memorable was that Joey left the fight in ambulance going to the hospital and Cash left the fight in a car going home. However, Joey won the fight!
After Cash retired from the ring, he became involved in training young boxers in various gyms in Atlantic City and Pleasantville. The fighters he trained were John Brown, Rochelle Norris, Lavender Johnson and Darroll Wilson.
Cash was also a dedicated coach for the Atlantic City Dolphin Football Team for many years. His dedication got him up early on Sunday mornings to mark the field in time to have it ready for the game of the week.
He pushed the players to always do their best and not to complain about the hard work. Stories are still being told about the two wild men on the Dolphin's field – Al Pinkston and Cash White. Though Cash's coaching technique was hard, he tried to prepare the players for their next football game, but more importantly – the Game of Life.
Mr. White is predeceased by: brothers, Willie, Frank, Matthew and Devon and sisters, Alice White, Hillon Waddell and Marianne Barner.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Delois White; sons Leonard (Yvonne) and Ryan White; four grandchildren who he adored, Nne, Elijah, Nile and Jada; three sisters, Blondine Bellamy (William), Gloria White (Robert), and Shirley White; two brothers, Harlon White (Jeneary) and Donnie White; sisters-in-law, Delores White and Donna White; extended family, Mary Miller and Dawn Scott; and a host of other family and friends.
A Celebration of Life for Elijah "Cash" White will be 1PM, Friday, July 8, 2022, at the All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where friends may call from 11AM. For those that cannot attend, the service will be available to view on YouTube at https://youtu.be/5Qg1R497KdY. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.