Wayne George

Friday, August 20, 2004

Wayne George was a mountain of a man...6'4", 220 pounds with a smile and

larger-than-life personality to match his size. On Friday 13, 2004, cancer

conquered his physical being and stole his life, but it never conquered his

indomitable spirit. He was a "people person" in every sense of the word, and

all of heaven will rejoice at his coming, because it will be a better place

for his presence.

Born June 23, 1934, to Lester and Bessie George, Wayne spent all his

growing-up years in Coffeyville, Kansas, where he proved to be a superior

athlete, lettering in football, basketball and track at his alma mater,

Field Kindley Memorial High School and playing on the BJ baseball team

during summers for good measure. As everyone who met Wayne is aware, he was

the consummate politician and he got his start early by being elected as

Class President at Roosevelt Junior High School. He parlayed his political

skills into a highly successful professional life in his chosen field of

what was then known as data processing. He was Director of Information

Systems in the county governments of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Johnson County, Kansas

and Jackson City, Missouri. After his retirement, he added real estate sales

as a second career. He was associated with Coldwell Banker in Clinton, New

Jersey and maintained contact with his fellow realtors even after his move

to Arkansas. During Wayne and Glenda's professional lives, their work took

them from Tulsa to the Kansas City area, to Dallas, to New Jersey, then the

Oklahoma City area, and finally to Holiday Island where they completed their

retirement dream home just four years ago.

Even in the midst of a life-threatening illness, Wayne's thoughts

turned to others. He and his wife, Glenda, discovered a great gap in support

for cancer patients in the Holiday Island/Eureka Springs area. They

immediately undertook the task of establishing the first cancer support

group in Carroll County, which is now up and running with a competent

professional at the helm and a membership of sharing and caring people who

are working through the unspeakable challenges of cancer. This is a lasting

legacy of love that Wayne leaves behind. It speaks more clearly than words

of his life's goal to leave the world a better place than he found it.

The ultimate outdoorsman, Wayne loved boating, golfing, skiing and

camping. He was a member of Holiday Island's Fun Fisherman Club and the

Pontoon Platoon. But diversity was the name of the game, and he also loved

scouting out antique "buys" with his wife, Glenda, and learning and

preserving the history of nearly everything from families to furniture. His

little-known secret yearning to be a famous actor led him to participate in

Little Theater productions in Tulsa and later to join the Theater Guild of

Holiday Island.

Wayne and Glenda are active members of Holiday Island Community

Church, where he sang in the choir. He was also a member of the Ozarks

Chorale. He was a Past President of the Tulsa chapter of the Data Processing

Management Association and was a member of Elks Lodge chapters in Tulsa and

Eureka Springs. He was always proud of his childhood membership in Woodmen

of the World and one of his favorite expressions throughout life was "WOW!"

an acronym of the organization's famous name.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Glenda George, two sons, Doug George

of Bentonville, Mark George, of Washington, New Jersey, a stepson Vernon

Clark, of Scottsboro, Alabama, a brother, Fred George of Bartlesville,

Oklahoma, grandchildren Andy, Emily, Larry, Kendall, Jacqui, Madison and

Kinslee and thousands of friends around the country, who will remember his

faith, integrity, warmth, caring and priceless humor for the rest of their

lives. We know, without a doubt, that he has gone to be with his Lord, who

he loved and served well. We wish him safe journey and rejoice that he is

more than a conqueror over sickness, pain and death.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at Holiday

Island Community Church with Reverend Allen Thrasher officiating. Cremation

by Beard's Funeral Chapel & Crematory of Fayetteville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Holiday Island Community

Church, P. O. Box 3005, Holiday Island, AR 72631 or the American Cancer

Society.