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Oliver Wendell George peacefully entered eternal rest on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, after a long and courageous fight.
Born in Surry County, Virginia, Oliver was the third son of the late Rev. Weldon Herbert George Sr. and Cora Lee George. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Eloise P. Hicks, Weldon H. George Jr. and Junius H. George III.
At an early age, Oliver joined Cypress Baptist Church, which was founded by his great-grandmother, Irene George. Oliver received his education in Surry County schools and was active in the 4-H Club. Upon graduating from high school, he attended Virginia State College (now Virginia State University) and was a member of the track team. He also attended St. Paul’s College, in Lawrenceville, Va.
Later, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the South Korea region for his entire tour of duty.
Returning home, he graduated from Elizabeth City State Teacher’s College (now Elizabeth City State University) with a bachelor of science degree. While in college, he met his wife, Ellen, and was instrumental in organizing a chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
After graduation, Oliver accepted a teaching position with the Sussex County Public Schools and spent his entire career as a teacher; he also served as an assistant principal. He leaves a 30-year legacy of educating youth and adults. In addition to classroom instruction, Oliver taught adult education night classes, organized a junior varsity football team and would use his own money to provide cultural enrichment outings for students.
Upon retirement, Oliver and his wife relocated to Hampton, Va., where he joined Bethel Temple Assembly of God (now Bethel Church), which he attended until his health failed. During retirement, Oliver pursued his hobbies of gardening and family history. He was passionate about educating George family members about the family heritage, and he became known as the family historian. He was a life member of the Elizabeth City State University Alumni Association.
His service to God, his family, country and fellow man places him in the company of those whom we call “great men.”
Oliver leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 54 years, Ellen; his daughter, Tunisha; his granddaughter, Tori; three sisters, Edith H. Bernard, Mary L. Stewart and Yvonne J. Martin; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at Queen Street Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, Va. Mr. George may be viewed from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.