How do you put into words a man who was everything to so many? George was a son‚ brother‚ husband‚ father‚ grandfather‚ and uncle. He was a servant of God and a friend to all.
George was born on September 25‚ 1945‚ in Wayne County‚ Mississippi. He married Delois Boutwell on April 25‚ 1969. He is the father of four children: Lisa Turner‚ Little George Wimberly (deceased)‚ Ginger Alford‚ and Johnny Wimberly. He is the grandfather of 8 children.
George was well respected among his community‚ friends‚ and family. He graduated from Quitman High School in 1965; joined the United States Army Reserve and began working as a Sewing Machine Mechanic in the local knitting mill. George spent 15 years in the knitting mill and remained in the National Guard Army Reserves until 1986‚ when he retired as a Sergeant 1st Class after 21 years of service. In 1980‚ he began his career as an offshore oilfield worker with Diamond Offshore. At his death‚ George had spent 29 years in the oilfield industry and had risen to the position of Drilling Consultant for Chalmers‚ Collins & Alwell. The employees of Chalmers‚ Collins & Alwell presented Delois with a plaque honoring George for his performance and dedication to his team members. Also on behalf of George‚ Delois received a certificate of achievement from the Mississippi National Guard for his outstanding dedication to duty and commitment to excellence.
Although George’s professional and public service duties meant that he had to spend countless hours away from his family‚ he said on many occasions that he was not worried. George knew that the children were in good hands with his ‘Bride’ (George’s nickname for Delois) until he returned.
In his spare time‚ George loved camping! He felt that camping was true family time and it provided the opportunity for him to teach his children about fishing‚ swimming‚ and just enjoying the time you have together. George lead by example and taught his children about life on these trips. He loved the idea of finding a new place to visit‚ and it is a blessing that George spent the week before his death with family on a trip to Gulf Shores‚ Alabama. Although it rained quite a bit that week‚ the rain never dampened George’s spirit – not as long as he was with his family and enjoying his favorite pastime.
George was also an active member of Stonewall Assembly of God in Stonewall‚ MS. Over the years he was involved in many projects. When Stonewall Christian Academy was established in 2007‚ George was instrumental in building work areas and desks for the children.
George’s firefighting career began in 1977 as a founding member of the Carmichael Volunteer Fire Department. Through his hard work with others in the community‚ he helped to establish one of the first rural fire departments in Clarke County‚ Mississippi. George remained an active member of the Carmichael Volunteer Fire Department for 16 years. In 1993 he relocated his family to Stonewall‚ Mississippi and joined the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department. He became an Emergency Medical Responder for the area. Even though his oilfield job kept him away from home for weeks at a time‚ George stayed active with the fire department. With his medic bag in tow‚ George was often the first one to respond to a call. At the time of his death he had been a member of the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department for 16+ years. In total‚ George’s volunteer firefighter career spanned over 32 years.
Clarke County lost one of their true hero’s on April 1‚ 2009. Responding to a fire‚ God called George home. He called home a man of honor‚ wisdom‚ strength‚ wit and valor. He called home a man who loved his Country and the people in it. He called home a man who had no enemies. He called home a man with a solution to problems of every size. He called home our Husband‚ Daddy and Gran. He called home our HERO.