GEORGE, TRUETT, JR., 78
Truett George, Jr., 78, passed away February 27, 2014, at the Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center in Gainesville, Florida. He was born on December 4, 1935, in Louisville, KY.
Truett graduated from Male High School in Louisville, KY, in 1954. He later attended college at the University of Louisville and Columbia University in New York. While he lived in Louisville, he was an active member of the Louisville Jaycees and he served in the Kentucky National Guard. He spent parts of his life in New York, NY, Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, and Savannah, GA.
In 1974, drawn by the allure of the crystal clear waters of the Ichetucknee Springs, Truett moved to Fort White, FL, where he lived the rest of his life. A talented artist and hard-working entrepreneur, he founded and operated a stained glass studio, Advent Glass Works, Inc. Through Advent, Truett designed, built, and restored stained glass windows for churches throughout the United States. He joined the Stained Glass Association of America in 1978 and later became a board member. In 1993, he was elected president of the SGAA for a two-year term. In 2006, he was elected a Fellow in the SGAA.
Truett was a community leader and very active in local politics. At one point, he served as chairman of the Columbia County Democratic Party. He was a member of the Fort White Town Council from 1991 to 1998. He was elected Mayor of Fort White in 1998, and he served as Mayor until his death.
He was a member of the Lake City Lion's Club and the Elks Club
. He was an avid Florida Gator fan and a Gator football season ticket holder for over thirty years. His first language was sign language. At one point in his life, Truett was a boxer, an airplane pilot, a photographer, and a traveling salesman. He had numerous hobbies over the course of his life, including golf, fishing, and snorkeling. He loved music, talking politics, woodworking, traveling, socializing with his Lion's Club friends on Tuesday nights, and spending time with his family. He was an avid reader, and he filled his home with books. He was gregarious, stubborn, charming, full of life, and a gifted raconteur, always with a story to tell.
Truett was preceded in death by his parents, Truett George, Sr., and Bertha Hogue George. He is survived by his wife of almost 44 years, Merry S. George; his daughter, Tina Coyle (Pat), of Park Ridge, IL; his son, Scott George of Louisville, KY; his daughter, Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham (Sam) of Gainesville, FL; his son, Clay George, of Fort White, FL; five grandchildren: Blaine Coyle, Kevin Coyle, William Coyle, Madeline Markham, and Oliver Markham; brother Kenneth George (Darlene), of Bon Aqua, TN; brother Boyce George, of Louisville, KY; five nieces, two nephews, and numerous other relatives and friends who loved him dearly.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home - 458 S. Marion Ave, Lake City, FL. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church - 973 S. Marion Avenue, Lake City, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are under the care of the Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, FL, 32025. Please sign the guestbook athttp://www.parrishfamilyfuneralhome.com/