Jimmie C. George, 89, passed away in Carlisle on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. He died doing what he loved: driving a Georges’ Flowers van to join a friend for coffee and make a delivery on the way back to the Flower Shop.
A lifelong Carlisle resident, Jimmie was born on Jan. 26, 1930, to Ruth (Kruger) and James Duff George.
Jimmie is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rosalie, and children Douglas of York (Kim), Anne Ferguson of Doylestown (Jeff), Beth Carey of Coopersburg (Tripp), and Duff of Carlisle (Beverly). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Jimmie was a dedicated family man and was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren.
Jimmie graduated from Carlisle High School in 1947 and Dickinson College in 1951.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953, and upon his discharge from the service, he returned to Carlisle to work in the family business, Georges’ Flowers. For many years, Jimmie worked alongside his parents and sister, and many dedicated employees providing flowers to the greater Carlisle community. He took great pride in the career accomplishments of former employees.
After earning his Eagle Scout rank as a youth, Jimmie volunteered for many years as an Explorer Scout leader with recognition for his service with the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award and the Friends of Scouting Citizen of the Year Award.
During his life, Jimmie served the Carlisle and Cumberland County communities through many organizations including Carlisle Kiwanis Club, United Way, Jaycees, Project 61, Carlisle Borough Council, Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority, Safe Harbour and Letort Regional Authority as co-founder.
Additionally, he co-founded Carlisle Opportunity Homes in 1968, and proudly remained active in the organization until 2019. In 1969, Jimmie became the first recipient of the Molly Pitcher Award recognizing his outstanding service to the community.
As a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Jimmie served on Church Council, including a tenure as Council President and taught Sunday School for many years. Additionally, Jimmie served on the board of Tressler Lutheran Services.
Jimmie and Rosalie traveled extensively throughout the United States and worldwide. They enjoyed the adventure of every new place visited. Upon his return from any trip, Jimmie would tell you about his latest best cup of coffee and the golf course he had played. Jimmie loved the outdoors, and was especially fond of traveling to national parks with family and friends. One of his favorite views in the world was looking across Jackson Lake at the Grand Teton mountains.
A celebration of Jimmie’s life will be held at noon, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 201 W. Louther St., Carlisle, Pa. 17013. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, Jan. 3, 2020, at the church, and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service.
Following the service, a reception will be held in Stock Hall at the church. Interment will be private in Ashland Cemetery, Carlisle.
Donations in Jimmie’s memory may be made to Carlisle Opportunity Homes at 60 W. Penn St., Carlisle, Pa. 17013; St. Paul Lutheran Church at 211 W. Louther St., Carlisle, Pa. 17013; Boy Scouts of America at Cradle of Liberty Council at: https://colbsa.org/support/; or Maranatha Carlisle at: http://maranatha-carlisle.org/
Ewing Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please visit: www.Since1853.com to send condolences.