William Donald "Don" George, Sr., 80, of Midland, Texas died at his residence Tuesday, June 4, 2013, after a short illness. Don was born March 04, 1933, in Bessemer, Alabama to William Adam George and Tillye Sue Morgan. He graduated from J. H. Phillips High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1950. He went on to graduate from Arlington State College, Arlington, Texas where he was an engineering major and from which he holds two degrees – one in mechanical engineering and one in civil engineering. He served in the US Armed Forces in the Korean Conflict where he was a POW and received a Korean Service Medal with four bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Purple Heart. He married Emma Arlene Shelton in November 1953, in Lawton, Oklahoma. From that union was born Donna Arlene and Susan Diane. Don was an athlete his entire life. He lettered in football and baseball in high school. He still holds the record at his high school for left and right handed home runs. He continued his football years at Arlington State and, in 1955, was a walk-on for the Washington Redskins. He made the practice squad the first season and played the regular season his second year with the team. He was fortunate to play alongside and befriend the likes of Jack Pardee and Sammy Baugh. He married Susie Wauline Leak Snow on June 27, 1959. With this marriage, he gained two step sons he loved and raised as his own, Roger Lee and David Keith Snow. With the births of Pamelia Denise and William Donald, Jr, their family of six was complete. His career included employment with Convair Aircraft, NASA, Ortloff Corporation, Continental Products, Texas Instruments, and MISD. He also owned several businesses of his own, building and selling oilfield equipment and trucks. He designed and built everything from airplanes and space capsules to gas pipelines and oil tankers. Don was an active member of Alamo Heights Baptist Church where had been a deacon and taught Sunday School and Royal Ambassadors. He and Wauline accompanied many youth retreats and mission trips. He was also a proud member of the United Cherokee Nation.
He is survived by one sister - Sandra Sue and Allen Joseph Buckner of Birmingham, Alabama; sons - Roger Lee, Sr. and Dawna Snow of Spring, Texas, and William Donald George, Jr, of Midland, Texas; daughters - Donna Arlene and Bradley Hafner of Moreno Valley, California, Susan Diane and Gene Tomasz of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Pamelia Denise Inskeep of Midland, Texas. In addition, he has 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
He is proceeded in death by both parents, his beloved wife Wauline, and two brothers - Jack Eugene and James Morgan George, and one son - David Keith Snow.
Viewing will be Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6PM – 8PM at Ellis Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held 10AM at Alamo Heights Baptist Church, 1305 N. Midland Drive, Midland, TX on Friday, June 7, 2013 with funeral services and interment to follow at Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church in Arab, Alabama with Gober Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers will be Roger Snow, Jr., Sean Snow, Jerrod Inskeep, Douglas George, Casey Snow, Dane Inskeep, and Adam George.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in the name of Don George to
, 2304 W. Wadley Ave., Midland, Texas 79705 or Home Hospice, 901 W. Missouri, Midland, Texas, or a charity of your choice.