By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
PENSACOLA, Fla. —
PENSACOLA, Fla. — George Leroy Poythress Jr., 73, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away peacefully on September 22, 2013 surrounded by family and loving friends to be with God. George is known to family and friends as “Buck” or “Bucky”. He was born in Roanoke, Va. on July 14, 1940.
He was a member of the graduating class of 1958 Graham High School, Bluefield, Va. where he met and married his high school sweetheart, upon graduation joining the U.S.M.C.
Throughout Buck’s life, he always served his country with honor and dignity. First, and foremost, as a Marine during the Vietnam War Era, traveling to over 19 countries. He received too many accolade’s to mention. Stationed in Hawaii, he earned a Bachelor Degree with the Chaminade College of Honolulu, receiving honors. Retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant, he later joined the Escambia Sheriff’s Department and rose to the rank of Lt. before retiring in 2004.
George leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years of marriage, Ella Perdue Poythress; his son, Greg and wife, Pat Poythress; daughter, Renee and husband, Victor Barahona.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel. A Funeral Cortege will depart from Harper-Morris at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 27, 2013 for Graveside services at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
The family would like to give a heart-felt thanks to long time caring friends, Leamond and Judy Gunn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of George Poythress.
This Marine believed in God, the Flag and Country. Semper Fi!
Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel, Pensacola, Fla. are in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at harpermorrismemorialchapel.com.