|Albert Dean George was born September 20, 1887, at Montpelier, La. He died on July 12, 1974, in Hattiesburg, Miss., at the age of 87. His life was a full life of unselfish service rendered over a long period of time. Faith was always real to him. As one described Abraham: he was willing to say goodbye to many things but he never said ‘goodbye to God.’
Brother George was licensed to preach in 1908. He attended Centenary College from 1909 to 1912. He was admitted to the Louisiana Conference in 1913 and into full connection in 1916. In 1912 Brother George was married to Susan Ruth Hoffpauir. This was a great new beginning for both of them. You cannot think of one of these without thinking of the other, for they made a wonderful team. This is the way the churches thought of them. She gave her talents along with his gifts to the kingdom. Brother George is survived by: Mrs. George; Dr. Donald George, a son; one daughter, Mrs. C. R. Blair; one foster daughter, Mrs. Ray Young. He was buried in Killian Chapel Cemetery near Montpelier, La.
It was my privilege to serve as Brother and Mrs. George’s District Superintendent in Baton Rouge. It was always a pleasure to be in their home or to go to their church to worship. The people loved them and never wanted to give them up. One can understand their feelings for when you visited with them there was always a bit of healing and helping that came over your life. Brother George was pastor of my parents, a brother, sister and their families when he served in Franklinton, La., and they, too, held him and Mrs. George in highest esteem.
In reading an article in the Christian Century reviewing a book “On Death and Dying” by Kubler-Ross they quoted her as saying: “Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of the million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.” The only change I would make would be the last phrase “only a brief moment only to disappear into the endless light forever.”
Brother George was a good man, and his life was full of good works. He blesses us still.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1975; p. 179 By D. W. Poole|