Grover Lastron George Haslett Mr. George, age 85, was born in Brewton, Alabama on February 19, 1927 to Berry and Lorene George and went home to be with the Lord on July 15, 2013. Grover was a graduate of his beloved Michigan State University. He was a member of the United States Army. His distinguished Military service included action in the Korean War, World War II, two tours in the Vietnam War, and the Dominican Republic conflict. Grover retired from service in 1968. For his service he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronzed Metal, recognized as a trained Sharp Shooter and H&H, and an honored member of the 82nd Airborne. He also retired from Lansing Public Schools as one of the first African-Americans to hold an administration foreman position. Grover, also known as "Plus" and "Scasy" was a very active member of the distinguished fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Kappa Delta Lambda Chapter. Grover had many interests. Some of these interests included boxing, fishing, hunting, farming, music (jazz), and sports, especially Michigan State Athletics. Though he had many interests, he most loved his family. He especially loved family gatherings. He was a mentor to many and a loyal friend. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Marcel George. Grover is survived by his wife of 52 years, Irene George, whom he called his "Cherry." He is also survived by his children Gedric, Linda (Oscar), John (Angie), and Sabarras (Angelique), his sister Lillian McFadden, his special childhood friend Kate, and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mr. George will lie in repose on Tuesday, July 23, 3- 9 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home, 426 W. St. Joseph Street, Lansing, MI 48933. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 24, 10 am at Friendship Baptist Church, 2912 Pleasant Grove Road, Lansing, MI, with the family receiving friends 1 hour prior to the service. Memories and condolences can be shared at www. rileyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from July 21 to July 23, 2013