Dr. George Eugene Artress

May 30, 1930May 10, 2010

George Eugene (Gene) Artress, M.D., beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend passed away Monday, May 10, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary; loving sister Juanita; four daughters; seven grandchildren; and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three older brothers Lynn, Elwin and Val.

Artress was born outside of Chattanooga, TN on May 30, 1930. He attended Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California where he received his Doctorate of Medicine. In 1954, Artress married Mary LaGrone, of Amarillo, Texas, a nurse he met during medical school. After completing his residency in general medicine, he joined the U.S. Navy and soon after the U.S. State Department where he cared for U.S. citizens abroad and helped to open much needed medical clinics from 1959 to 1968 in countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand and the Philippines.

Upon returning to the U.S., Artress moved his family to Smyrna, where he practiced family medicine at the same location for more than 30 years. He remained committed to his profession and patients, especially seniors, becoming a founding member of the Georgia Medical Directors Association for Nursing Homes and president of the American Medical Directors Association.

Patients referred to Artress as Dr. George and would often bring home-made gifts of food, quilts or paintings. Hundreds of patients have stories to tell of Dr. George as not just a physician, but as a trusted friend who was always there when needed. Not just patients cared for Dr. George; many of his office staff worked with him for more than 30 years and became much beloved members of his extended family.

With his passing, his family and loved ones are reminded of the definition of a true hero – a person with courage, selflessness, bravery and honesty – truly the traits and life personified by Dr. George.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:00am at the chapel of Georgia Memorial Park with Pastor Peter Kulakov officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 6-9pm at the funeral home.

Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 770-432-0771


  • Funeral Service Friday, May 14, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dr. George Eugene Artress

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May 24, 2010

Mary and daughters,
Our thoughts and prayers have been (and will continue to be) with you all. What a beautiful family you all are...and that is such a wonderful reflection on Dr. Artress. Although he wasn't our doctor, he was a wonderful mentor to our son, Jonathan, for which we are very appreciative. We remember with fondness having Brenna, Karen, and Diane as students at Cascade Rd. We pray that Jesus can come soon...and we all will be reunited where there will be no more sickness!
Love and prayers,
Ginny and Bob Geach

Evelyn Phillips

May 15, 2010

Dr. Artress was our family doctor until he retired. He was always there when we needed him and I thank God for him and for Dr. Karen. I send prayers and love for your family that Jesus will wrap you in His loving arms and be near to you during this time of sorrow
Evelyn Phillips

Tracy Terry

May 14, 2010

With all of our love and prayers we send these to you all fully knowing that our loving Lord and Savior Jesus is there with you all, where His Strong and gentle arms are holding you up at this time of sorrow. We have so many great memories of Uncle Gene and all of you. No matter how many miles we were seperated by we have always felt close to you all. You occupy a very cherished part of our hearts and lives. With Love Tracy, Robin and all of our family.

May 14, 2010

My the Lord give you Joy in the memories, Hope in the Resurrection, Love in the embrace of your family and brothers and sisters in the Lord, and fellowship in the Bonds of His everlasting Arms, which holds us together until the Great Day of the Coming of our Lord. Blessings to you all. Gail Judson Fish, RN, and family, from Smyrna Hospital 1981-95. Curretnly at Cobb Hosp. and Lakeview SDA Church. Our love and prayers with you all.

Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery

May 14, 2010

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

May 14, 2010

Atkinson Family

Paige Siniard and Family

May 13, 2010

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Gayle Suggs

May 12, 2010

Mary Kay, I am so sorry for your loss, but I am confident that your dear father is no longer suffering. Please know that you and your entire family are in my pryaers.


May 12, 2010


Karen Harrington

May 12, 2010

Dr.and Mrs. Artress, Mary Kay, Brenna, Karen and Diane embraced many of us with their kindness and love. We will miss you Dr. Artress.