May 8, 1919 - December 14, 2012
Funeral services for Thomas Lamar George of Longview will be 10am Monday, December 17, 2012, in the chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Longview, with Rev. Virginia Wall officiating. Burial will be in Memory Park Cemetery in Longview. Visitation is Sunday at the funeral home from 4-6pm Lamar was born May 8, 1919 to Thomas Artemus and Josie Evelyn George in DeKalb, Kemper Co., Mississippi and passed away December 14, 2012 in Longview, Texas. Lamar grew up on a farm in rural Mississippi and learned to drive at an early age. This proved to be a valuable skill in the late 30's when he joined the Civil Conservation Corp around 1940 and drove a truck working on projects in southern Louisiana. On January 9, 1942 he was inducted into the Army, Company C, 148th Infantry, serving in WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with specialties as truck driver, rifleman and machine gunner until he was wounded on August 3, 1943 on Munda, New Georgia Island. After treatment and recovery he was honorably discharged on June 9, 1944 at O'Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, MO. Upon discharge he was awarded the Purple Heart and was always proud of his service to his country. He married Rita Beff Sorey November 2, 1950. They moved to Longview in 1952 so that he could begin work as First Class radio engineer for KFRO radio station, a position he held for 46 years. Always very creative he would design and build components for the transmitter equipment as well as repair electric organs, radios and televisions. He also had a talent for carpentry, sewing, barbering, gardening especially growing peanuts, mechanical repairs, care for farm animals, playing the guitar and baking cakes. He even broke and trained a riding horse. Always a giving person he could often be found quietly giving away a hand-crafted nail puzzle or peach seed basket. Lamar's kindness, humor and love of family will be missed. Lamar and Rita were long time members of Wesley-McCabe UMC. Lamar is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Bickie and Paul Bergthold of Longview; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Laure George of Plano; grandchildren Angela Lichty, Jenny Wren, Aaron Lewark, Clark George and Abigail George; great-grandchildren Jackie and husband Cris Adamson, Shelby Wren, Alexander Lichty, and Bryan Lewis, great-great-grandson Keegan Adamson; brothers Julius and Clint, sister Loretta and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Thomas A. and Josie E. George; wife Rita Beff; brothers Alton and James Walter "Dub"; sisters, Lois and Mattie Ruth; and daughter, Marylena Lewark.
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