Stokley O. White was born on December 23, 1804 in Madison County, Kentucky. He was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth (Searcy) White. His father, Stephen White was a Revolutionary War Soldier of North Carolina. Stokley moved, along with his parents and siblings, to Rutherford County, Tennessee and settled in Millersburg (now Christiana), Tennessee. Stokely married his first wife before 1826 and had one daughter from this union: Anna White. Stokely married again, before 1838, Jane Maxwell from South Carolina. Three children were born to this union: William Benson, Ann "Fannie", and Jane Susan White.
In Tennessee historical documents dated 1837, Stokley White is listed as a justice of the peace. Stokley White was in Rutherford County, Tennessee during the 1850 and 1860 census where he was engaged in farming. He relocated to Attala County, Mississippi during the Civil War. He was highly respected during the Civil War as noted in a diary written by Judge Jason Niles in which he was referred to as "Old Man Stokley White". The 1865 Freedmans Labor Contract Data Master File shows that Stokley White owned seven field slaves: Benjamin White (27); Dear White (1); Emily White (22); Harry White (33); Kelly White (30); Mariah White (30); and Saul White (42). Additionally, the 1870 and 1880 census records indicate that Stokley was residing in Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi. It is believed that he moved to Kosciusko with the Jamison family who also emigrated to this area from Rutherford County, Tennessee.
Stokley White died on June 19, 1884 in Attala County, Mississippi. He is buried in the Kosciusko City Cemetery, located on Huntington Street in the town of Kosciusko, a few blocks south of the downtown area. .In this cemetery is the tombstone of Stokley O. White. The photo of the headstone for Stokley White was taken by Mrs. Floyce R. Woods of Kosciusko, Mississippi. The tombstone in this photo contains the Master Mason Symbol carved in its granite which is the highest degree that a Free and Accepted Mason can attain.