St. Charles Herald-Guide

W. F. George Jr.

From staff and wire reports - November 4, 2011

W.F. George, Jr., 75, a native of Lufkin, Texas and resident of Hahnville passed away on Oct. 16, 2011 at his home.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth Sapia George, his mother, Lurley Bailey, his grandfather, George A. Baldwin (Dad), and sister, Jamie Lou Buckner. He was the beloved father of Candis Patecek (Irvin) of Luling, Randal George (Teresa) of Mangham, Deborah Dampier (Ray) of Belle Chasse, and Wanda Berry of Luling; and legal guardian of Chelsa Fales of Des Allemands. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Eric Zammit Jr., Jamie L. Zammit, Derek Dampier (Stacy), Blake Zammit (Kali), Justin George, Randi-Lynn Hendricks (Lee), Christopher Berry, Drew Dampier, and Steven Berry; two great-grandchildren, Emma Zammit and Reid Dampier, two step-great grandchildren, Norman and Julien Adams, and two sisters, Rosemary Cox and Geneva Wade.

W.F. attended school and college in Lufkin. He served for 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. He married Ruth Sapia in April of 1960. The couple lived most of their married lives in Hahnville while working for LP&L until his retirement in 1991. He was known as Mr. LP&L because anyone who had problems with their lights called upon W.F. for help. He started the G&J Cattle Company and raised cattle for many years.

He also volunteered as a softball coach for the West St. Charles and G&J Girls teams. He volunteered for the American Red Cross and supported his wife with other volunteer programs including supporting Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He loved to be around people and people loved to be around him. He was a stranger to no one and always looked for opportunities to help others in need.

A celebration of his life was held at Mothe Funeral Home in Marrero on Oct. 18, with a Funeral Mass officiated by Rev. John Finn at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hahnville on Oct. 19. He was buried next to his beloved wife at St. Charles Cemetery in Luling.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Charles Hospital, East Jefferson Hospital, Hospice-Odyess House and to our wonderful caregivers, Shawna Sumler, Niki Sumler, Lynette Morrison, Amy Carr, and Arlendra Crisler.

Donations can be made in his memory to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1 Rectory Lane, Hahnville, LA 70057.