George A. Bugbee, 84, died Friday, November 2, 2012. Born in Memphis, Tenn., the son of the late George and Josephine Bugbee, he was preceded in death by a son, Lawrence Allison Bugbee, and a brother, Jack Bugbee. George was a fine athlete and musician and enjoyed a long career as a journalist
and public relations executive. He is survived by his wife, Joan Barthelme Bugbee, of Roanoke; two sons, Richard Bugbee and wife, Bethe, of Houston, Texas, and John Bugbee, of Frederick, Md.; and a daughter, Louise Bugbee Zibdawi and husband, Riad, of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his brother, Gerry Bugbee and wife, Becky, of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister- in-law, Ann Bugbee, of Memphis, Tenn.; as well as two grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
George played several instruments and was a superb pianist who had his own band as a teenager. He was a star athlete in Memphis, where he was named all-state in several sports. During the Korean War
, he served in the Army
. George attended Rhodes College in Memphis prior to joining the Scripps Howard newspaper chain as a reporter, later transferring to Houston where he became business editor of The Houston Press. He held positions with several public relations firms and was a regional vice president of Hill and Knowlton at the time he retired. In retirement, he enjoyed his twin passions, golf and the piano, and excelled in both.
The family is grateful for the compassionate care of George's trusted physician and friend, Dr. Donald Steinweg, and for the skill and dedication of the entire staff of Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
In accordance with George's wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. He will be remembered at Mass at St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church, and a memorial service honoring his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Brandon Oaks.