William Donald George Sr.

March 4, 1933June 4, 2013
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William Donald “Don” George, Sr., 80, of Midland, Texas died at his residence Tuesday, June 4, 2013, after a short illness. Don was born March 04, 1933, in Bessemer, Alabama to William Adam George and Tillye Sue Morgan. He graduated from J. H. Phillips High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1950. He went on to graduate from Arlington State College, Arlington, Texas where he was an engineering major and from which he holds two degrees – one in mechanical engineering and one in civil engineering. He served in the US Armed Forces in the Korean Conflict where he was a POW and received a Korean Service Medal with four bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Purple Heart. He married Emma Arlene Shelton in November 1953, in Lawton, Oklahoma. From that union was born Donna Arlene and Susan Diane. Don was an athlete his entire life. He lettered in football and baseball in high school. He still holds the record at his high school for left and right handed home runs. He continued his football years at Arlington State and, in 1955, was a walk-on for the Washington Redskins. He made the practice squad the first season and played the regular season his second year with the team. He was fortunate to play alongside and befriend the likes of Jack Pardee and Sammy Baugh. He married Susie Wauline Leak Snow on June 27, 1959. With this marriage, he gained two step sons he loved and raised as his own, Roger Lee and David Keith Snow. With the births of Pamelia Denise and William Donald, Jr, their family of six was complete. His career included employment with Convair Aircraft, NASA, Ortloff Corporation, Continental Products, Texas Instruments, and MISD. He also owned several businesses of his own, building and selling oilfield equipment and trucks. He designed and built everything from airplanes and space capsules to gas pipelines and oil tankers. Don was an active member of Alamo Heights Baptist Church where had been a deacon and taught Sunday School and Royal Ambassadors. He and Wauline accompanied many youth retreats and mission trips. He was also a proud member of the United Cherokee Nation.

He is survived by one sister - Sandra Sue and Allen Joseph Buckner of Birmingham, Alabama; sons - Roger Lee, Sr. and Dawna Snow of Spring, Texas, and William Donald George, Jr, of Midland, Texas; daughters - Donna Arlene and Bradley Hafner of Moreno Valley, California, Susan Diane and Gene Tomasz of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Pamelia Denise Inskeep of Midland, Texas. In addition, he has 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

He is proceeded in death by both parents, his beloved wife Wauline, and two brothers - Jack Eugene and James Morgan George, and one son - David Keith Snow.

Viewing will be Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6PM – 8PM at Ellis Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held 10AM at Alamo Heights Baptist Church, 1305 N. Midland Drive, Midland, TX on Friday, June 7, 2013 with funeral services and interment to follow at Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church in Arab, Alabama with Gober Funeral Home directing.

Pallbearers will be Roger Snow, Jr., Sean Snow, Jerrod Inskeep, Douglas George, Casey Snow, Dane Inskeep, and Adam George.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in the name of Don George to American Cancer Society, 2304 W. Wadley Ave., Midland, Texas 79705 or Home Hospice, 901 W. Missouri, Midland, Texas, or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 7, 2013

William Donald George Sr.

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William & Kelly George

June 13, 2013

Uncle Don,, we so enjoyed your visits during Trade Days and when you would stop in going back and forth to Big Springs... I was always so delighted when the door bell rang and their you were! You will be missed...I will miss you greatly and the conversations you and I shared.. My condolences to the family.. Kelly and William George

Billy George

June 9, 2013

Dad, I have been your son since the moment I opened my eyes. I have never had such a deep love of you as I do right now! Why does it take death to make us realize our true feelings? I will continue down this road we call life, with the knowledge you help instill in me. I will still make mistakes and fall down. I only hope that when I close my eyes for the last time, as you have done, that my children will as proud of me as I am in you! You will be sorely missed. I love you Dad

Matt Tumbusch

June 8, 2013

Sorry for your loss, Don was always a great friend to me and I enjoyed being around him and gaining knowledge from him throughout the years. He knew little bit about everything and it was fun to talk with him about his opinion on different things. Again, I sorry for your loss and I'm positive Don is in a great place now.

June 8, 2013

With all our love and prayers our hearts are with you. Debbie & Scott Freeman

Debbie Jones

June 7, 2013

Don was a sweet and caring man who always had a smile for everyone he met. You will be missed by all who knew you.

Debbie Jones

W Luft

June 7, 2013

Rest in peace, Don. I enjoyed the visits and coffee at the ATC when you drove bus for MISD. Regards to the family.

Rick Leak

June 6, 2013

Rest in peace Uncle Don.. He was one strong man!!


June 6, 2013

Papaw you were the most amazing man to ever walk into my life. You were like a Father to me. I'm going to miss you so much. You fought a hard fight. I love you so much and miss you!! I've got 27 years of memories to run on until I see you again. <3 <3 <3

christy martin

June 6, 2013

R.I.P. Don, u will be greatly missed, for ill always remember when I had my first job at Lawrence brothers.....u would wait in my line, for me to check out ur grocerys and always gave me a stick of gum....for u knew I loved gum :) and always so friendly.....

Karen Casteel

June 6, 2013

I have known you for years and loved you for just as long. I know your last few months were hard but your fight is over and now you can enjoy heaven and take your place amoung the angels. We love you so much and i will always treasure our friendship. To his family each and everyone of you are in our prayers. You had an amazing Dad/Grandpa. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Karen & Dominic Casteel