George Featherstone Obituary

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In Memory of

George J. Featherstone

May 23, 1920 - March 11, 2014
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   If you spent much time in the home of Marie and George Joseph Featherstone Jr., it wasn’t long before you felt like you belonged there. That loving, caring embrace of family was a common theme of a weekend celebration of Mr. Featherstone’s life. From the friends of Mr. Featherstone’s children and grandchildren to the caregivers who helped him during the final months of his life, stories of his support and willingness to accept everyone were heard over and over. “It will be his legacy” said a grandson, Geret Sean DePiper of Falmouth, Mass.  Mr. Featherstone,...


 





 If you spent much time in the home of Marie and George Joseph Featherstone Jr., it wasn’t long before you felt like you belonged there. That loving, caring embrace of family was a common theme of a weekend celebration of Mr. Featherstone’s life. From the friends of Mr. Featherstone’s children and grandchildren to the caregivers who helped him during the final months of his life, stories of his support and willingness to accept everyone were heard over and over. “It will be his legacy” said a grandson, Geret Sean DePiper of Falmouth, Mass.  Mr. Featherstone, who lived in Bluefield, W.Va., from 1959 to 2003, died of respiratory failure on Tuesday, March 11, at his home in Atlanta, Ga. He was 93. He was born May 23, 1920 in Elmsford, N.Y., the son of George and Emily Featherstone. He was a 1937 graduate of Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford and earned his bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 1943. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, fought in the South Pacific and left the Army as a Captain. He married Marie Louise Bouvier in 1946 and attended Columbia University earning his master’s degree in 1948. Mr. Featherstone was employed by American Cyanamid from 1948 to 1979. After his retirement, he became a professor of Mining Engineering at Bluefield State College, where he brought the Mining Engineering program from a two-year to a four-year program retiring in 1989.  He became a Kentucky Colonel in 1963, was named a Distinguished Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration in 2002 and visited China in 1989 at the invitation of the Chinese government to share his expertise in Mining Engineering.  At home, Mr. Featherstone spent hours in his garden, often with the help of his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed writing and family geneology, was a longtime fan of the Atlanta Braves and served as a lector and Eucharistic minister at his parish, Sacred Heart Church.  He shared numerous happy summers with his family at Sunset Beach, N.C. He and Marie also traveled extensively across the United States and Europe.  George was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Peter Featherstone and daughter, Susan Lee Benzow.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marie Bouvier Featherstone, his son, George J. Featherstone III of Amelia, Ohio, three daughters, Teresa DePiper (Geret) of Charleston, S.C.; Patricia Corcoran (Michael) of Atlanta, and Marie Louise Hofmeister (David) of Amelia, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Geret DePiper (Jill Neumayer) of Falmouth, MA., John DePiper of Brooklyn, N.Y., Danielle DePiper, Michael Benzow and Chad Benzow (Amanda Moore), of Atlanta; Katie Hofmeister of Belmar, N.J., Kenny Hofmeister of St. Louis and Daniel Hofmeister, of Cincinnati; three great-grandchildren, Leah DePiper, Audrey DePiper, and Ethan Benzow. 



 



 



Mr. Featherstone was buried at Georgia National Cemetery near Atlanta with military honors. 



Memorial donations may be sent in his name to Bluefield State College Foundation, Conley Hall, Room 309, 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, WV 24701.



 



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