George Underwood

LAKE, W.Va. — George Dillard Underwood, 63, of Lake, was born Dec. 1, 1950, at Mill Creek; he entered into eternal rest Thurs., April 3, 2014, while serving the Lake community.

George was the son of the late Bill and Erma Underwood. He also was preceded in death by his birth mother, Mae Mileto; brother, Jim Mileto, and sister, Marcella.

George grew up on Mill Creek, was a Boy Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He played Little League Baseball and was a star baseball player at Logan High School. In 1970 he was drafted to play minor league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles in Aberdeen, S.D. He also had a huge fan following as a WCW wrestler known as The Cuban Assassin.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Carolyn Ball Underwood, whom he married on January 21, 1978; two daughters, Angie Spears and her husband, Greg, of Lake, and Cindy Smith and her husband, Robert, of South Dakota; two sons, George Scott Underwood and his wife, Anna, of Madison, and Ronnie Allen Ball and Ashley Henry of Jeffrey; five sisters, Betty Torres, Sherrie Hall, Linda Hall, Donna Hall and Frankie and her husband William, all of Cleveland, Ohio; brother, Joe Mileto and his wife Evelyn of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren, Corey Spears, Brandon Spears, Brittany, Kayden, Ethan, Jake and Haelli Ball and Ashleigh, Callie, Hannah, Dayton and Jackson Wiedemer; one great-grandson, Brody Spears, and a host of other family and friends.

George was a gentle giant who spent the better part of his adult life helping others. He served as Chief of the Lake Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years. He was totally dedicated to serving and protecting the citizens of the Lake Community. He was a "Fireman's Fireman" and enjoyed training, mentoring and leading the many firefighters who served throughout the years. He also served Logan County as an Auxiliary Deputy for the Logan County Sheriff's Office for many years. George was loved, well respected and will be greatly missed.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wed., April 9, at Victory Freewill Baptist Church at Mill Creek with Rev. Roscoe Chafin officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

Pallbearers will be the members of the Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Friends may call from 6-10 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Chapmanville is serving the family and handling arrangements.

Published in The Logan Banner from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2014