Edgar Alexander (Slim) White and Mary Dimitroff White Endowed Scholarship

Edgar Alexander (Slim) White and Mary Dimitroff White

Edgar Alexander White was known as “Slim” or Ed and was born in Wayne County, Missouri, June 7, 1916. He moved with his parents who homesteaded out of Clayton, New Mexico, near a small Bulgarian Community called Sofia. After the death of his father when Slim was only 16, he took great pride in being one of Union County’s top ranch hands as he helped his Mother support his younger siblings. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1934. He and Mary met at a basketball game and she proceeded to become a star for her Grenville, NM high school team. In 1937 his father and mother-in-law, Kosta and Zina Dimitroff gave the newlyweds a trio of chickens so they would always have something to eat. They continued raising chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats their entire life together. Later Slim served as the New Mexico State Fair Rabbit and Poultry department superintendent. He served as President of the Poultry and Rabbit club for numerous years and often judged the 4H Club poultry and rabbit entries. He provided much love and guidance to these young people.

He served his country in the Army during WWII, being stationed in the Philippine Islands. He worked for Robert Porter and Sons, State Distributor, Swartzman Packing Company and retired after many years as warehouse supervisor for K-Mart. Slim was self-taught guitar and fiddle player who loved to sing and perform. He won numerous senior citizen talent contests. He served as Deacon and Song leader for Calvary Baptist Church and Rio Rancho Baptist Church, being one of their charter members along with wife, Mary. He was a hard working and dependable man. His work ethic and dedication was admired by all. He always provided strength, determination and support to all who touched his life. He was a very loving man who had a great sense of humor and a very positive attitude.

Mary Dimitroff White was born in Boulder, CO, October 2, 1914. Mary moved with her parents, who homesteaded out of Clayton, NM. She became a star for her high school basketball team playing with her lifetime friend, Evanca Belcheff Atchley. She led the team to an undefeated season. Mary graduated from Grenville High School in Grenville, NM. Mary retired from Valley Gold Dairy in the accounting department and continued to assist her husband who was the Superintendent of the Poultry and Rabbit Department at the New Mexico State Fair for 38 years. Mary was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho and never missed a Sunday Service until the last few weeks of her life. Her love of God and her faith in Christ was prominent in her life. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and worked hard at every task she faced. She had a great sense of humor and extended her love to all she got to know over her enriching life. She reached out to people and especially to the young she encountered. She loved all the animals she raised in her life especially her dog, Jethro. While the family is eternally grateful for the wonderful time they had with their parents on this earthy, they will be missed and loved forever.


Class Level: FR.
Required Minimum GPA: 2.5
Other requirements: Must be active in 4-H. Graduate of a NM public high school.