Samuel C. George, 88, of Middle Island Road, Middlebourne, departed this life Thursday, August 11, 2016, in Sistersville General Hospital.
He was born May 29, 1928 in Doddridge County, a son of the late Grover Cleveland and Mary Elizabeth Henderson George.
Sam worked at Weirton Steel for 31 1/2 years, retiring at age 54. He then started an automotive wholesale business which he operated for 7 1/2 years. During his retirement, he became involved in community activities. He served on the Board of Directors of the Northwestern Area Agency on Aging and also the Council of Senior Tyler Countians. He also was an active member of the Tyler County Development Authority, and the Tyler County Planning Commission. He was very instrumental in creating change in the county, being a leading advocate for the funding and construction of the Tyler Consolidated Middle/ High School, and perhaps best known more recently for his efforts to get State support for the replacement of multiple highway bridges in the County. He was a member of the Muddy Creek Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha June Smith George in 2009; two brothers, Oral Willis George and infant Donald George; three sisters, Virginia McIntyre, Vastia Spencer and Louria McIntyre; a son-in-law, Michael Dotson.
Sam is survived by three sons, Robert Michael George and wife, Peggy, Middlebourne, Ronald Lee George and wife, Donna, Sistersville and Charles Edward George and wife, Maria, Ralieh, NC; two daughters, Mary Ann Dotson, Middlebourne and Barbara Sue Lattimer and husband, Mitch, Oak Ridge, TN; a brother, Lester C. George, Shirley; nine grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 16 great- great-grandchildren and 12 step great-great- grandchildren.
Family were received Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne where services were held at 11 a.m. Monday with Evangelist Jonathan Kearns officiating. Interment in Beechwood Cemetery, Alma.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.furbeefuneralhome.com.