Charles Alexander White was born to James Speight White and Lotitia Grady in 1833 near New Bern, N.C.. He was a Confederate Captain in Company E, 67th Regiment, N.C. State Troops during the Civil War. He married Louisa Amanda Cory on September 14, 1864 and they had seven children. Capt. White was a farmer until the fall of 1879 when he opened a general store in Greenville in two of the four buildings he owned on the corner of Evans and Fifth Street in Greenville. White soon became a leading merchant in the town and was the Vice Commander of the Pitt Council No. 286, A.L. of H. Lodge in December 1885. He was also a member of the Greenville Land and Improvement Company in April 1891. Capt. White died on October 18, 1914. His daughter, Lula Victoria White, married James Lawson Fleming, the North Carolina Senator who introduced the bill to establish a Teachers College in Greenville.