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George Harrison Poston

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George Harrison Poston, of Hendersonville, born August 26, 1947, passed away peacefully after a one day stay at the Elizabeth House on May 29, 2015. He struggled mightily after discovering on February 13 that he had pancreatic cancer that had already invaded his liver.
His giant size had lessened over the last 3 months, but his humble, soft-spoken, kind spirit had remained to the end. He always maintained that he was fine and he hoped you were too. He left for heaven at the dawn of a new day where pain and sickness will never trouble him again.
George was born in Haywood County and was raised in the Cruso Community by his parents Jacob Arnold Poston and Lucy Reece Poston. He was next to the youngest of eleven children, and the first to earn a college education. That degree was the highlight of his parents' life. They were beyond proud. He graduated from Bethel High School in Canton in 1965 and received a scholarship to attend Gardner Webb Junior College where he played basketball. He then went on to Mars Hill where he completed his education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1969.
His first job was in Houston, Texas, where he sold life insurance with his brother, Roy, and later went to work for the Houston Trunk Factory where he was thrilled to sell luggage to Ernest Tubb, Ike and Tina Turner, Jack Jones and others.
He began his teaching and coaching career in August of 1971 in Marion, SC and moved to Hendersonville in August of 1976 where he taught biology for 30 years, coached basketball for 20 years and taught Driver's Education for 17 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie, whom he married in December 1968. Of all the treasures life brought, Jackie and his children meant the most. He leaves his son, George Brent Poston and wife Molly of Sanford, NC and his daughter, Ginger Poston Barnwell and husband Joel of Arden, NC.
The apples of his eye were his four precious young grandchildren, Josie and Clark Poston and Georgianna and Jared Barnwell. They will hear their Poppy's guitar strum tug at their hearts each time they hear some of the many songs they heard him pick and sing. He was a loving, doting Poppy.
His surviving siblings are Betty Long and Willene Singleton of Canton, Gail Poston of Waynesville, and Roy Poston of San Antonio, Texas. The youngest of the Poston siblings was his brother Jimmy who died in 1992. George and Jimmy were joined at the hip, and George never stopped mourning the loss of him. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
George loved planting a garden to share with his neighbors and friends. He carved out a little piece of Heaven on his earthly clay and enjoyed working in his yard cutting many vases of beautiful flowers for his wife. He never compared his life to others, saying he only knew how hard his journey had been and that he had been richly blessed. He was a soft-spoken and peaceful soul; a kind and humble father and husband. He was proud of his children and the strength of character they showed.
He enjoyed his short eighteen months of delivering Meals on Wheels in the Fruitland Community of Henderson County, and loved the past two years he helped the Salvation Army as a Kettle Ringer in November and December. He met some wonderful people with giving spirits.
Having been involved with students all his life, he especially loved seeing them mature into wonderful adults and parents who expressed their gratitude for his dedication to them. He taught character by the way he conducted his own life. Children need to see strength of character and the beauty of example in faultless life. He wanted his students, his ball teams, his children, and his grandchildren, to understand the importance of making good choices.
His family has been honored to be by his side through his illness and hope they were able to give him peace and comfort. His suffering was difficult but he fought a good fight. He asked that we give a thumbs up to Dr. James Caserio and his staff and a double thumbs up to Dr. Paul Kim and his staff of Grace Hematology and Oncology for their prayerful and loving way in which they treated him, as a person and as a patient. He saw the love in their eyes and felt their sympathy and compassion. We also thank those at Pardee Hospital Oncology Unit and Park Ridge Health. Medicine is a wonderful thing but the human touch lifts the spirit.
His last sentiments were expressions of brotherly love for his friend, Lee Hebb. George and Lee began a lifelong friendship while at East Henderson High and after retiring he looked forward to his weekly game of pool on Wednesday afternoon with Lee. He especially wanted to thank Lee for the memories as he passed his hours in bed reminiscing on their good times. "Friendship is a strong and blessed tie binding kindred hearts together as the years go passing by." A thank you to Lee for standing by.
In closing, his daughter, Ginger who was his sunshine, found the following "recipe" which describes George to a T. These are the choices he would want all of us to make.
How to plant your garden: First, you come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses.
For the garden of your daily living –
Plant three rows of Peas: 1-peace of mind; 2- Peace of heart; 3- Peace of soul
Plant four rows of Squash: 1-Squash gossip; 2- Squash indifference; 3- Squash grumbling; 4-Squash selfishness
Plant four rows of Lettuce 1- Lettuce be faithful; 2-Lettuce be kind; 3-Lettuce be patient; 4-Lettuce really love one another
No garden is complete without Turnips: 1- Turnip for meetings; 2-Turnip for service; 3-Turnip to help one another.
To conclude our garden, we must have Thyme: 1-Thyme for each other; 2-Thyme for family; 3- Thyme for friends; 4- Thyme for prayer.
Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your garden, because you reap what you sow.
A celebration of George's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 in the Auditorium of East Henderson High School.
In lieu of flowers and per George's wishes, donations can be made to Meals on Wheels, 105 King Creek Blvd. Hendersonville, NC 28792; Salvation Army, 239 3rd Avenue E. Hendersonville, NC 28792; or to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on May 31, 2015
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