James M. White, owner of the legendary Broken Spoke passed peacefully at home Sunday, January 24, 2021 at the age of 81.
James was born April 12, 1939 in Austin, Texas. He was a lifelong Austinite and 5th generation Texan. James' family fought for Texas Independence and generations all served as Texas Rangers and FBI agents but James' life took another path. His destiny was to own the greatest dancehall in Texas and there was no one more perfect for the job.James graduated from Travis High School in 1957.
In true patriot fashion James proudly served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1964. James was stationed in Okinawa and at Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio. He began dating Annetta Wells while he was stationed in San Antonio and married her on Sept. 15, 1966. After completing his military service James returned to South Austin and began construction of the Broken Spoke in 1964. Ever by his side was his darling, sweet wife Annetta of 55 years.
For the past 57 years James booked legendary musicians such as Willie Nelson, George Strait, and his childhood hero Bob Wills. "I imagined a place like no other, where people could come and have a good time and listen to country music, and after I built it I named it the Broken Spoke."-James White
James White is preceded in death by his mother Lena Fuchs, Father Bruce White Sr., stepmother Lou White, brother Bruce White Jr., grandson-in-law Stephen Dutton. He is survived by his wife Annetta Wells White, daughter Terri White, daughter Virginia "Ginny" White-Peacock and her husband Michael Peacock, grandchildren Ashley Dutton, Mollee Montague, James Lamar Peacock and Jackson Peacock. Great grandchildren Alex Espinoza, Brenn Espinoza, Stevie Grace Montague and Justus Dutton. Pallbearers are Don Green, Brian Hofeldt, Kevin Geil, Alex Espinoza, Bob Piekarski, Scott McHenry, Weldon Henson & Josh Lasseter. Honorary pallbearers are Rick Holloway, Allan Sanders, Bobby Dan Wood, Don "Winker" Emmons and Rick Leyh. In lieu of flowers please consider honoring his dream by continuing to support the Broken Spoke.
A viewing to be held Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 4:00-9:00 pm at Harrell Funeral Home. 4435 Frontier Trail Austin, Texas 78745. Services will be held Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the James M. White Ranch at 1:00 pm. Burial to immediately follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Austin, Texas.
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