Biography: Good day, I’m Deacon Herbert George as all of you well know. Let me tell you a little something about me, for those of you that don’t know.
On March 6, 1933, in Harlem Hospital, I was born to Herbert and Geneva George—who pre-deceased me. What a glorious day it was, such a special day, for a such a special me. It wasn’t long that my other siblings followed Donald, Albert, and Rosalyn.
I was educated here in the New York City school system, and was a pretty good student. As an adult, I served my country honorably in the Korean War. I was proud to do my duty. After my service for my country, I worked for the New York City Transit Authority for thirty-two years as a motorman, until my retirement. I been retired for more than twenty years and in those years, I have enjoyed my retirement, every bit of it. Over the years, I enjoyed many of the things that make me happy. I was an avid fan of baseball and loved my team, the Yankees.
Probably my greatest achievement, is the day I met and married my love, my dear wife Geneva. Wow, we sound like my parents Herbert and Geneva George! We have been inseparable since that day, so many years ago. You never see one without the other. It’s like the young folks say, that’s how we roll. I’ve been a devoted husband and will miss your loving face and our time together. If you know me you know, Geneva and I love a good laugh and enjoyed many jokes and so much laughter together. I have loved my wife, we have had a great ride together. I’m going to miss all that laughter, and the good cooking. On New Year’s, you’d be in the kitchen with some pig feet and chitterlings would be working on the stove. The aroma would fill the house. How sweet it is—I’ll truly miss that.
My wife and I have served God together right here at the Friendly Baptist Church for more years than I can count. During those years, I’ve developed many relationships with so many people that I’ve grown to know and love. I’ve served in many of the organizations for the service of the Lord, just to name a few (the Deacon Board, the Committee for the Sick, the Brotherhood, the Male Chorus and the Granny’s). I love my service to the Lord and until my illness, I regularly attended Bible study.
I leave to mourn my passing, my loving wife Geneva, granddaughter Tasha Jones, grandson LaMell Williams, great granddaughter Tabitha White, three sisters-in-law Natalie, Barbara, and Kim, two brothers-in-law Nathaniel and David, Aunt Nellie, Niece Roslyn, two nephews Aaron and Albert, Jr., Cousin Odessa, my god-children Donte’, Jalil, Jeffery, Justin, Brian, Francis, and Davonne and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends too many to count.
I enjoyed a pretty good life with a wonderful wife, children, special grand children, that I will truly miss. I have been loved and have given my love to you all, but, I am oh so tired, and this body will no longer sustain me. On December 27, 2017, I had to say bye, but only for now. One day we’ll all be together when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, so until that day, I’ll rest in his loving arms.