STAUNTON — William “Bill” J. George, 65, husband of Sue (Rodgers) George, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, peacefully at his residence.
Bill took great pleasure in encouraging and inspiring others with his unwavering faith and courage during his five-year journey with cancer as he Fully Relied on God (FROG). He would always say, “I am not fighting this disease, my Good Lord is.” Now he leaves this earthly home for his heavenly rest and renewed body.
Mr. George was born on May 16, 1952 in Hot Springs, Virginia, a son of the late Noah and Mary (O’Dell) George.
Bill graduated from Bath County High School, Class of 1971 and the Northern Virginia Community College - Sterling Campus, Class of 1979. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and retired from Daikin in Verona in 2014 after 27 years of service. Bill was an active member of Mint Spring United Methodist Church having held committee chair positions, a member of the United Methodist Men, a member of the choir, and was a Sunday school teacher. He was also the member of the Aldergate Lay Witness Mission Team and a volunteer at Augusta Health.
The family would like to express a special thanks to the physicians and staff of Augusta Cancer Center, The Hospice of the Shenandoah, members of Mint Spring United Methodist Church, and the Augusta Cancer Support Group “Friends to Friends.” “So many friends have reached out to us and we want them to know that their support and Christ like care and concern was such a blessing to “Bill” and to us.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey; a sister, Elsie Marie; father-in-law, J. Woodrow Rodgers; and extended family, Claude and Ruby Broce, Charlie Broce, Grayson Broce, Amy (Broce) Buettner, and Janet (Broce) Holloway.
Surviving in addition to his loving wife of 43 years, is a daughter, Michelle (George) Williams and her husband, John Ross of Staunton; brothers, Danny George and his wife, Cordia of Staunton and David George and his wife, Becky of Millboro; a sister, Sarah Hall of Staunton; sisters-in-law, Connie Miano and her husband, Rodney of Lynchburg and Johnnie Gray and her husband, Ronald of Bacova; mother-in-law, Clarice Rodgers; extended family, Claudia (Broce) McAllister and her husband, Eddie of Hot Springs and Reid Broce and his wife, Katie of Richmond; and a host of nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends also survive.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2018 in the Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018 in the Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Ryan Oswald.
Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memory Gardens.
Active pallbearers will be Roger Stover, Ron Gray, Jack Redmond, Nicholas George, Wayne George, Timmy George, Noah George, Justin Peters, and Chris Lenhard.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mint Spring United Methodist Men, Harry McGuire, Raleigh Ham, and Lay Witness Team Members.
It is suggested those desiring to make memorial contributions to the Augusta Health Foundation Hospice of the Shenandoah, Post Office Box 1000, Fishersville, Virginia 22939 or Mint Spring United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 58 Mint Spring Circle, Post Office Box 14 Staunton, Virginia 24402.
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton is in charge of his arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.coffmanfuneralhome.net.