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Jun 7, 2012 01:44 PM

The Southern Sportsman - Franc White

There's an archived topic about the old Southern Sportsman Restaurant that was located in Farmville, NC several years ago. That place has long closed, but it's owner, Franc White, was also regionally known for his show "The Southern Sportsman" which aired from WRAL TV 5 in Raleigh during the 70's and maybe 80's. The show was naturally about seasonal sporting, and also featured a cooking segment and an occasional gear segment. Sadly, Mr. White died today, June 7, 2012, at the age of 89. The man, his show, and his restaurant were truly unique. He's been missed on the airwaves by a core group of fans. Never had an opportunity to eat at his restaurant, but I did meet him on a couple of occasions. RIP, Mr. White. I hope you're now enjoying taking a lot of kids fishing.

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  1. I remember reading that thread and being disappointed that the restaurant was closed.

    Here is a nice clip of his show:


    1. I loved his shows.

      RIP Mr. Frank White.

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      1. re: supernc

        The show was a staple of my youth

        1. re: beteez

          I have this need to now visit the santee cooper and go fishing. He was so fond of it.

      2. Yep, I loved that show too. I had the pleasure of eating in his restaurant years ago, though only once. The menu featured a number of wild game choices--don't remember what I had, but I do recall the food was great.

        I suppose he's gone to join his faithful friend Fracas (his Irish Setter). RIP

        1. I feel like I was just punched in the stomach. Some of my fondest memories are of me and my father watching him and later going hunting and cooking together. He inspired my life long love of cooking. I loved the show so much when I started my business I had my car wrapped in Zebra Stripes. Below is a pic of an event that I co-founded to give me a reason to cook some unusual things. My car is in the background. I always wondered where he was. It is a sad day for me.

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          1. re: JB BANNISTER

            JB, that car is awesome! And that looks like a serious cooking rig you've got there!