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George Herrmann

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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. - George Herrmann, 87, of Southern Pines, N.C., passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Rock Hill, S.C. He will be remembered for his love of family, his unwavering character, his passion for life, and his genuine care for others.

George was raised by Karl and Flora Herrmann on a working farm in Parker's Glen, just outside of Milford, Pa. On Nov. 28, 1953, George married the love of his life, Jean McCracken. Shortly after they married, they moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where George immersed himself in the hotel and restaurant business. He became the successful manager and junior partner of the Bridge Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.

In 1970, George moved his wife and two children to Fredon to be closer to Jean's family. George had restaurant in his blood and he and Jean opened the "Sly Fox Lounge" in Newton. In 1993, George and Jean relocated to Southern Pines, N.C., where they lived for more than 20 years. They were members of the Southern Pines Methodist Church, Southern Pines Country Club and George was an active member of the Elks Club.

George is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jean McCracken Herrmann; his son, Colonel (retired) Kevin Herrmann and wife, Mary, from Stafford, Va., and daughter, Sharon Vasquez and husband, Lupe, from Lake Wylie, S.C.; three grandchildren, Kevin, Dustin and Kaitlyn Herrmann; two “bonus” grandchildren, Eagle and Cooper Vasquez; and five great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Savanah, Brooklynn, Mackenzie and Reagan Herrmann; and two "bonus" great-grandchildren, Judah and Gideon Vasquez.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the First United Methodist Church, 111 Ryerson Ave., Newton. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.

George so loved the military and was proud that his son served and grandson is currently serving in the Marine Corps. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Please go to their website and print out the charitable donation form at http://www.woundedwarriorregiment.org/index.cfm/charitablegiving or mail donations in George's memory to Wounded Warrior Regiment, Attn: Charitable Giving Coordinator, 1998 Hill Ave., Quantico, VA 22134. Forms also will be available at the service.

Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Mar. 12, 2014
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