Wesley E. George,
Jr., 87, of Brushy Mountain
Moravian Falls, NC died Tuesday, July 29,
2008, at his home.
He was born April 24, 1921, in Pittsburgh, PA., the son of the late Wesley Edward George, Sr., and Lillie Boden George. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He survived a Kamikaze attack that nearly sunk his ship, the USS Sigsbee, off Okinawa and finished his service with distinction. Recently, he was honored by the Navy by being invited and attending the Christening of his Captainís namesake ship, USS Chung-Hoon DDG 93, in Pascagoula, MS. He also was invited and attended the Commissioning of that same ship in Pearl Harbor. During the Commissioning, he attended lunch onboard the ship and a ceremonial cruise around the island of Oahu. He was a member of the Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh, PA., and was a member of the Wilkesboro Methodist Church. He also served as a soloist tenor in multiple church choirs.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lillie George and Eva George Fisher.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elberta Himes George of the home; one daughter, Kathleen Faye Lackey of Moravian Falls; one son, Wesley Edward George, III, of Ridgeway, VA.; one sister, Grace George Martin of FL.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services were conducted Saturday, August 2, 2008, at First United Methodist Church in Martinsville, VA.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wilkes, 1907 West Park Drive, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.
Notes of sympathy may be emailed to the George Family at www.adamsfunerals.com. Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes was in charge of arrangements.
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Webmaster's Notes: Wesley E George, Jr. service #662 52 93 enlisted in the US Navy July 8, 1942 at (no records). Wesley was received aboard the USS Sigsbee DD 502 January 23, 1943 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn NY. Wesley E George, Jr, SoM2c served on the USS Sigsbee two years, five months and fifteen days (897 days). He was transferred July 7, 1945 to the nearest west coast RS for further transfer to Sonar School San Diego, CA
Wes will be sorely missed by all of his shipmates. Our thoughts and prayers go out for the George family.
Bill Twomey and Wes George at USS Chung-Hoon DDG 93 Christening January 2003
Pascagoula, MS (Photo by John Mastin)