Charles Lindbergh George, 89, of Cabot went to be with his Lord Tuesday, April 18, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Rose; three children, Charles George Jr. of Destin, Fla., Jacque Cottrell (Ron) of Sugar Land, Texas and Connie Reed (Scott) of El Dorado, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer George Bannon, Josie George Richardson (Henry) Ike George, Taylor Reed, Lucas Reed, Scottlyn Cottrell and Sydney-Anne Cottrell; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Bannon and Henry Richardson; four nephews, Mike Pehosh (Joan), Luther Pitts Morris III (Debbie), Rodger Morris, and Jeff Morris (Lori); and many great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elijah and Alberta George, and two sisters, Mildred Pehosh (Nick) and Christina George. Born in Ward, Arkansas, Charles attended Beebe Junior College and then served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, before returning to school and playing basketball for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He then transferred to Arkansas State Teachers College (now UCA) where he finished his basketball eligibility with the Bears while earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education. Charles began teaching and coaching at Ward Schools, before a five-year stint at Strong. He began a long tenure as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent at Cabot. He, along with Rose, touched many lives during their teaching profession and had a mutual love for their students that lasted until his death. He was inducted into the Cabot Schools Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 2009. He left education to enter private business and was the owner of the Home Lumber Co., in Cabot for more than 20 years. Charles served in the Arkansas State Senate for three terms, winning his first election as a write-in-candidate. He also was the democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in 1982. In addition to his public service as an elected official, Charles was active in the community as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, Cabot Chamber of Commerce, a director of Bank of Cabot and a founding member of Rolling Hills Country Club. After his naval career, Charles joined the Army Reserves and served as unit commander and chief of staff, ARCOM Commander. He retired as a full Colonel after 30 years of service. He was a deacon at Cabot First Baptist Church where he also served as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent. Visitation will be Thursday, April 20, from 5-7 p.m., at Moore's Cabot Funeral Home (501) 843-5816. Funeral will be Friday, April 21, at 11 a.m., at Cabot First Baptist Church followed by a burial with full military honors at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cabot. Please sign the online guestbook at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com.
Published April 20, 2017