SHELBYVILLE- Lou Emma Wilson George, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, the 5th day of September, 2021, at her residence. A native of Laurel County, she was the ninth of ten children, born on the 20th day of December, 1933, to the union of the late William and Susan Hamblin Wilson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight of her siblings. She grew up in extreme poverty, but never allowed what she didn't have to interfere with what she wanted to achieve. One of her favorite sayings was "can't never could do nothing." She married the Reverend William "Bill" George in Jellico, Tennessee on the 25th day of May, 1956, and the couple shared a love affair, partnership, family, and deeply held Christian faith.
A devoted wife, her survivors include her husband of over sixty-five years, Reverend William "Bill" George of Shelbyville. She was "Mom" to her sons, Mike George and his wife, Ann, and Mark George and his wife, Johnna, both of Shelbyville. She was "Memaw" to her granddaughters, Haley Newton and her husband, Josh, of Shelbyville, Hannah Napier and her husband, Zachary, of Lagrange, and Hadley George of Newport. She is also survived by her sister, Daisy Black, and her husband, Rothwell, of London, Kentucky, and a host of nieces and nephews.
A lifelong educator, she held various positions for over twenty-seven years in several school districts including Jennings County, Indiana, and in the Kentucky school systems in Jefferson, Leslie, Powell, Laurel, and Shelby Counties. Retired from teaching professionally with a rank 1 certification in July of 1989, she continued to teach Bible study classes at Highland Baptist Church in Shelbyville where she maintained her membership from 1977 until her death. Her life was centered around God, family (both blood and faith), education, hard work, and sports and games of any kind. She enjoyed reading, crafts, gardening, University of Kentucky basketball, cooking, and maintaining a spotless house in spite of the obstacles Bill and her boys presented. Her most treasured possessions were her three granddaughters, who never failed to bring a smile to her face even in the midst of some extremely challenging physical difficulties she encountered later in life. "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4. Goodbye pain; hello peace!
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, the 9th day of September, 2021, at the Highland Baptist Church in Shelbyville, with the Reverend Chris Platt officiating. Masks will be required in the church. Interment will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 9:30 A.M. until 10:45 A.M., Thursday, at the church. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Highland Baptist Church, 511 Mount Eden Road, Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville, and condolences may be expressed at www.halltaylorfuneralhomes.com.
Published by The Sentinel-News from Sep. 7 to Sep. 8, 2021.