Raymond B. George Jr.
Published 12:28 pm Monday, February 6, 2023
FARMVILLE – Raymond “Ray” B. George Jr., 68, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023 after an extended illness. He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond B. George and Edith Council George of Suffolk, Virginia. Ray was a 1973 graduate of Forest Glen High School in Suffolk.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Gail George; his son, Raymond “Jay” B. George III (Maggie); his sisters, Robin G. McLean (Archie) and Lisa G. Robertson (Dale); stepmother, Vicki J. George; stepchildren, Rhonda Distler (Brian) and Edward Johnson; his grandchildren, Tyler, Katie, Kaylee, Kendall, Tasha and Skyler; and his great-grandchildren, Kimber and Jase, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and their families. He also leaves behind his faithful companion, his dog, Chrissy.
Prior to suffering a disabling injury in an automobile accident in the early 1990s, Ray worked as an insurance agent with American General Life & Accident. He also had served as an officer for the Franklin Police Department. Ray was a member of Bagby Memorial Church. He was a member of Robert Morris No. 150, Order of the Eastern Star, a Mason belonging to Nottoway Masonic Lodge No. 147, former Board Member of Petersburg American Red Cross, member of The Gideons International, a member of the Burkeville Ruritan Club and was a two-term mayor of the Town of Burkeville, Virginia. During his tenure as mayor, he and a citizens committee were instrumental in saving the Norfolk & Western/Burkeville Train Depot (built in 1915) and getting it moved to a site owned by the Town. It has now been rehabilitated and currently serves as the Town Hall/Police Station for Burkeville. He was also involved in establishing The Alms House Inc., a local non-profit food distribution facility whose volunteers gather donated food and distribute it to disadvantaged individuals in Burkeville and the surrounding area.
Ray loved his family, animals, football, the beach, vehicles of all kinds (and keeping them clean), working with his hands and was generous to a fault. He never met a stranger.
A service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. at Ash Camp Baptist Church, 8687 Church Street, Keysville, VA 23947. A time of visitation will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alms House Inc., P.O. Box 84, Burkeville, VA 23922-0084. Browning-Duffer Funeral Home is serving the family.