February 17, 1946 - July 7, 2021
George Chakhtoura was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Elias and Mary (Ayali) Chakhtoura. He was the youngest of three children. George loved spending time with friends and family in the mountains of Lebanon and at the beaches there. He was studious and did well in school, taking a job as a teacher after graduating high school.
George came to the U.S. in 1967 to study at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. George had many friends, studied hard, and worked many jobs, including at the Eldridge Hotel, Stokely Van Camp, and KU Buildings and Grounds. He graduated in May 1972 with a bachelor's degree in Personnel Administration. After graduation George worked for Coopersmith Lighting Agency in Kansas City, Missouri.
George married Jacquelyn (Stewart) Chakhtoura in Kansas on March 5, 1972. After a brief time living in Lebanon, they settled in the Kansas City area where George enjoyed strolling around the City Market and cheering on the Chiefs and Royals. George became a U.S. citizen October 15, 1975.
From 1974 to 1985 George worked as Records Manager at United Missouri Bank. During that time he sometimes served as Acting Manager of the Bookkeeping Department and the Mailroom. He also spearheaded the installation of a new company-wide telephone system.
From 1985 to 1995 George worked for the FDIC / Resolution Trust Company. He used his expertise in bank documents and project manager skills to assist in acquiring, documenting, and storing assets from savings and loan associations (S&Ls) declared insolvent.
Prior to retirement, George worked at two riverboat casinos. He enjoyed working around people and making sure they had a good time. He also did volunteer work at Franklin Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
George and Jackie moved to Palm Bay, Florida in 2014 and shared fun-filled years of going to the beach, eating out at restaurants, going to movies, activities at the Senior Center, watching rocket launches, picnic lunches, and their pet cats.
George liked meeting people and treated his employees, customers, and co-workers with respect and humor. He had fun traveling around the U.S. and visiting other countries, including his home country of Lebanon. He was a generous man and was a great supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Heartland Community Health Center.
George was preceded in death by his parents, sister Laudy, and daughter Angela. George is survived by his wife Jacquelyn; daughter Mary; brother Raymond; nephews Pierre, Elie, Andre, Alain, Alex, and J.P.; and nieces Rachel and Aimee, all of whom will miss his smile and silly jokes.
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Published by FloridaToday from Jul. 15 to Jul. 18, 2021.