Ray White, a man of unwavering passion, breathed life into the Outer Banks like no other. His love for this coastal haven ran deep, shaping its evolution from humble fishing villages to the bustling tourist destination it is today. As Eddie Greene once remarked, when speaking of the boundless generosity of the Outer Banks, it’s likely that Ray White, his dear friend and mentor, was at the forefront of his thoughts.

Born and raised in Manns Harbor during simpler times, Ray’s upbringing was steeped in the rugged beauty of the Outer Banks. He and his brothers roamed freely, exploring every nook and cranny of their beloved surroundings. With their father’s guidance, their adventures on Durant Island forged an unbreakable bond with the land and sea that would define Ray’s life.

After graduating from East Carolina University, Ray returned to his roots, embracing a career that mirrored his devotion to community. From humble beginnings as a bank teller, he ascended to the presidency of OBX Bank, becoming a pillar of support for local businesses and a beacon of wisdom for those seeking guidance.

But Ray’s contributions extended far beyond the realm of finance. He lent his leadership to numerous boards and organizations, steering the Outer Banks toward a brighter future. Among his many endeavors, his role in founding the Outer Banks Community Foundation stands as a testament to his enduring legacy of giving back.

Over the years, Ray’s vision and dedication bore fruit, transforming the Community Foundation into a cornerstone of philanthropy in Dare County. Through his tireless efforts, he inspired a culture of generosity that continues to enrich the lives of countless individuals and organizations.

In 2022, Ray’s decades of service were recognized with the prestigious NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, a fitting tribute to a man whose impact was undeniable. His calm demeanor, sound judgment, and boundless compassion endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

As we bid farewell to Ray White, we take solace in knowing that his spirit will forever reside in the heart of the Outer Banks. May his legacy serve as a guiding light for future generations, inspiring us to cherish and preserve this beloved community he held so dear.

Rest in peace, Ray White, your memory will endure as a beacon of hope and generosity for years to come.

A fund has been established in memory of Ray White at the Outer Banks Community Foundation. An obituary of Mr. White can be viewed at Twiford Funeral Homes.

Contributions to the Ray White Family Fund can be made here: