George "Celery King" Talbott(1921 - 2014)

Talbott, George Celery KingDecember 18, 1921 - January 27, 2014 George was born in Sanford, Florida and lived there until 1929 when his family moved first to Texas and later to California during the heart of the Great Depression. His family returned to Florida in 1934 settling in Oviedo. While a student in Oviedo, he played on both the basketball and baseball teams. He completed his senior year at Seminole High School in Sanford, graduating with his first grade class from. He entered the University of Florida in 1939 as a student of Agriculture. After Pearl Harbor, as a junior with two years of ROTC in field artillery, he volunteered and was sent to the Army Air Corp on January 2, 1942. George spent almost 3 years overseas. He had extensive service in North Africa, Corsica and Italy, which included doing everything from control tower work to servicing planes, court marshals, handling supplies, guarding and working prisoners and intelligence assignments. He returned to the United States and was discharged in October of 1945. He reentered the University of Florida in January, 1946 and received a degree in Agriculture with majors in marketing and horticulture in June, 1947. He worked for four years with the Department of Education in Jackson, Mississippi to help develop farmer's markets in various locations throughout the state. In 1952, he was hired by the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association in Orlando as the marketing and membership manager of that division. In 1956, he received the "Man of the Year" award by the Florida Agricultural Council and in 1964, was elected president of the Florida State Horticultural Society. After 10 years with the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, he became general manager of the Florida Celery Exchange which he helped form and organize. He later became recognized and referred to as Mr. Celery King. George retired in 1993, after 41 years of service to growers. In 1995, he was accepted and trained as a court mediator. He mediated in Osceola, Seminole and Orange counties and was chosen as Tri-County Mediator of the Month in 2005 and Orange County's Mediator of the Year in 2011. He was also a member of SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) in Orlando. To family and friends, he was best known for his wonderful giving spirit. He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Ouiola C. Talbott and his wife of 3 years, Nancy C. Rich. He is survived by daughters: Judy A. Talbott and Debra T. Norton (Michael) Stepchildren: A. Wayne Rich (Gwen), Sandra R. Ellington (John), Craig D. Rich (Donna), Michael C. Rich (Rhett) Grandchildren: Kelly, Chase, Jeffrey, Derek, Michael, Kristin, Brett, Jennifer, Wade, Elliott, Ryan, David, Misty, Robin, Meghan, Laura, Ty, Betsy, Will, and Maggie. Services will be at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Homes, Oviedo Chapel,Saturday, February 1, 2014, visitation from 2-3pm, Funeral service at 3:00pm. Interment at Oviedo Cemetery will follow. Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Oviedo Chapel 501 E. Mitchell Hammock Road., Oviedo, Florida 32765. 407-366-8999. Please view and sign the guestbook at

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Baldwin-Fairchild Oviedo
501 E MITCHELL HAMMOCK RD Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 366-8999

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Jan. 30, 2014