OBITUARY

Sammy J. George

February 20, 1939April 25, 2019
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Sammy Joe George, 80, was called home on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. After battling cancer for 2 years he died comfortably at his son’s home in Austin, surrounded by his wife, Nancy, and other family members.

Sammy Joe was born in Marshall, Texas, Feb 20, 1939, to Ada Jo (Pike) and Sam George. As a child, Sam enjoyed hunting and fishing. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1957 and went on to graduate from Texas A&M University in January 1964, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in engineering school he met Nancy Ruth Harris, and they married Dec 19, 1959, in Palestine, Texas, with the Rev. Richard Sparks officiating.

After graduation Sam began his career as a distinguished Mechanical Engineer. Among his many work accomplishments Sam designed the ignition system for the Apollo spacecraft, worked on the side-winder missile, military drones, and was a pioneering architect for streaming magnetic tape drives, plotters, and voice-coil motors.

Sam would tell you his greatest achievements began with his wife Nancy and their children, Lani and Greg, and when he was upgraded to being PaPaw for his 5 grandchildren. He loved every minute of fatherhood and treasured all 5 grandbabies. He was also an eager and avid hobbyist of genealogy. He lived on Ancestry.com for years, completing many generations of research on our combined families. PaPaw is survived by Nancy George, Lani (George) and Gary Faber, Greg George and Carrie (Wiedenfeld) George, and grandchildren Kelli Faber, Garrett Faber, Taylor Faber, Kendall George and his namesake Sami George.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ada Jo and Sam George, and his sister Mary Alice Peteet. Sammy will be greatly missed by so many, but his sense of humor, commitment to family, work ethic, love and his memory will live on with his family. And family to PaPaw extended to countless others over the years, like his honorary daughter Dr. Donna Bennett and husband Pete Zimmerman, and includes many of his grandchildren’s friends.

The service honoring and celebrating Sam’s life will be held at 1 pm Saturday, May 4, Cook Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas, 78750. The Reverend Richard Sparks will be performing the service. Viewing and visitation begin at 10 am, the family will be present at noon. He will be laid to rest at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, on Hancock Drive. Pallbearers include Greg George, Garrett Faber, Taylor Faber, Tyler Tucker, Link Harris, Huntleigh Harris, James Green, Pete Zimmerman, and Eric Tome. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Bills and Jim Sparks.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com for the George Family.

  • FAMILY

  • PaPaw is survived by Nancy George, Lani (George) and Gary Faber, Greg George and Carrie (Wiedenfeld) George, and grandchildren Kelli Faber, Garrett Faber, Taylor Faber, Kendall George and his namesake Sami George.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Greg George
  • Garrett Faber
  • Taylor Faber
  • Tyler Tucker
  • Link Harris
  • Huntleigh Harris
  • James Green
  • Pete Zimmerman
  • Eric Tome
  • Tom Bills, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jim Sparks, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Interment Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, May 4, 2019

Memories

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Patty McLeod

May 4, 2019

Sam and Nancy have been wonderful neighbors to us for the past 16 years, and Sammy was the unofficial ambassador of the circle for all of those years. We have enjoyed many chats, oftentimes when he was walking one of the Amys, and he also rescued our dog, Scout, on multiple occasions when Scout was on the lam. Sam had elevated “shooting the breeze” to an art form, and we feel very fortunate to have been able to know him. We will never forget his friendly nature and his kind and caring ways.

Ben Gallagher

May 4, 2019

Beginning in the 7th grade, we had several classes together and frequently had fire and atomic bomb drills. When we did, we were lined up alphabetically if time permitted, and Sammy was usually directly behind me. I didn't see him much during our last years in high school, but visited with him occasionally in the parking lots at A&M when we ran into each other when either going to or coming from class.

I will miss him.

Dennis & Patti Lami

May 4, 2019

Sammy,
Just wanted to let you know how much you played a role in our life journey. We were fortunate to meet you through Nancy (who at the time was our Realtor). Just arriving in Austin with no friends in the area, we quickly became a part of your family. You were a quiet soul with a generous heart who was always there for us. The backyard bbqs with our children enjoying each other was heartwarming. Taking us to local establishments so we could learn the culture and experience the Tex-Mex cuisine and the infamous Threadgill’s Chicken fried steak. When I was out on military trips I knew our family was safe and had someone who would help them if need be. Also, we looked to you as a mentor who shared your wisdom and values which were much appreciated. But most of all we enjoyed your friendship, We will always remember you Sammy and will miss you dearly. We Love You! Dennis & Patti

Joe Napoli

May 3, 2019

My condolences to Nancy and the family. I worked with Sammy for many years at Houston Instruments and at Data General in Austin. I remember him as the quintessential gentleman and engineer. We were contemporaries in age and education. He went to A&M while I went to Rice. After seeing the photo of Sammy with the guitar, I learned that we had something else in common besides crazy hair when we were kids. I also tried to play the guitar. I will always remember him as being kind, helpful and generous friend.

Elizabeth Roebuck

May 1, 2019

Sammy has been a part of our family so long, I can hardly remember him not being around. It will be a process of learning what our lives will look like without him. Sammy is deeply loved by many, including me! This photo was taken the day of their wedding when I was about 10 years old.

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Biography

Sammy Joe was born in Marshall, Texas, Feb 20, 1939, to Ada Jo (Pike) and Sam George. As a child, Sam enjoyed hunting and fishing. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1957 and went on to graduate from Texas A&M University in January 1964, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in engineering school he met Nancy Ruth Harris, and they married Dec 19, 1959, in Palestine, Texas, with the Rev. Richard Sparks officiating.

After graduation Sam began his career as a distinguished Mechanical Engineer. Among his many work accomplishments Sam designed the ignition system for the Apollo spacecraft, worked on the side-winder missile, military drones, and was a pioneering architect for streaming magnetic tape drives, plotters, and voice-coil motors.

Sam would tell you his greatest achievements began with his wife Nancy and their children, Lani and Greg, and when he was upgraded to being PaPaw for his 5 grandchildren. He loved every minute of fatherhood and treasured all 5 grandbabies. He was also an eager and avid hobbyist of genealogy. He lived on Ancestry.com for years, completing many generations of research on our combined families.
PaPaw is survived by Nancy George, Lani (George) and Gary Faber, Greg George and Carrie (Wiedenfeld) George, and grandchildren Kelli Faber, Garrett Faber, Taylor Faber, Kendall George and his namesake Sami George.