Editor’s Note: In honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11, and the many men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation’s military, the Commercial offers this profile of a Pine Bluff family whose members have dedicated themselves to serving the United States. We offer our sincerest appreciation to the following individuals and to veterans everywhere for their service.


Retired 1st Sgt. Dorothy Denise White Parker


Dorothy White Parker was born in Fort Polk, Louisiana. She is the daughter of retired 1st Sgt. Lawrence and Betty White of Pine Bluff. She enlisted in the Air Force Reserve in November 1990 and served as a reservist on active duty until enlisting in the United States Army in July 1993.


Parker has completed overseas tours in Kitzigen, Germany, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, the Republic of Korea and Egypt. Her stateside assignments include Bergstrom Airforce Base, Texas, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, Fort Riley, Kansas, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Fort Lee, Virginia, and Fort Hood, Texas.


Parker’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon and the Air Force Service Ribbon.


Parker is a member of the Adjutant General Corps Association. She holds two prestigious Adjutant General Corps Medals. The Horatio Gates Bronze Medal and Adjutant General Corps Achievement Medal.


Retired 1st Sgt. Lawrence E. White Sr.


White was born in Magnolia, Arkansas, and currently resides in Pine Bluff. He is the son of the late Erma Alexander and brother of the late Sgt. Johnny Alexander. He was educated in the Pine Bluff school system and attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1967.


White has completed overseas tours in Kitzigen, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Manheim, Germany, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and Bad Kueznach, Germany. His stateside assignments include Fort Polk, Louisiana, Hanover, New Hampshire, Fort Riley, Kansas, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Hood, Texas.


White’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Drill Sergeant Badge.


White is an Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield veteran.


Retired 1st Sgt. Clinton W. Parker Sr.


Clinton W. Parker Sr. was born in Huntsville, Alabama. He is the son-n-law of retired 1st Sgt. Lawrence E. White Sr. and Betty White. He enlisted in the U.S. Army January 1990 and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In May 1990, he graduated from Advanced Individual Training at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, as an Ammunition Supply Specialist.


Parker has completed overseas tours in Johnston Island, Hawaii, Kitzigen, Germany, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Iraq and the Republic of Korea. His stateside assignments include Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, Fort Riley, Kansas, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Fort Lee, Virginia, and Fort Hood, Texas.


His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Badge, Airborne Badge, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge and is a Distinguished member of the Ordnance Corps Order of Samuel Sharpe.


Parker is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.


Retired Staff Sgt. Lawrence E. White Jr.


Lawrence E. White Jr. was born in Pine Bluff. He is the son of retired 1st Sgt. Lawrence E. White Sr. and Betty White. He graduated from Watson Chapel High School and enlisted in the United States Army in 1996.


White has completed overseas tours in Kitzigen, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Iraq and Israel. His stateside assignments include Fort Drum, New York, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, El Paso, Texas, Fort Stewart, Georgia and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


White’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation, Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.


White is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.


Retired Staff Sgt. Cheria Peterson


Peterson was born in Greenville, North Carolina. She is the daughter-n-law of retired 1st Sgt. Lawrence E. White Sr. and Betty White. She graduated from JH Rose high school in Greenville, North Carolina. She enlisted in the United States Army in 2004.


Peterson has completed overseas tours in Heidelberg, Germany, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Japan. Her stateside assignments include Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Lee, Virginia, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Stewart, Georgia, Fort Carson, Colorado, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Peterson’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Southwest Asia Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.


Peterson is an Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom veteran.


A photo for retired Staff Sgt. Cheria Peterson was unavailable.