Rufus George

Rufus (J.R.) George Jr., 67, of Portales died Thursday, June 29, 2006, in Lubbock.

Born Sept. 9, 1938, in Afton, Texas, to Alyne and Rufus E. George, he grew up in Burley, Idaho, where he graduated from high school in 1957. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1970 and Master’s of Education degree in 1972. He was employed at Gattis Junior High School in Clovis for 23 years as a teacher, coach and athletic director. He was a volunteer coach for the ENMU football team for three years. He taught for one year at Friona High School and was assistant principal at Thoreau High School near Gallup at the time of his death.

He married Barbara Edwards on Nov. 27, 1959, in Juarez, Mexico; they reaffirmed their vows in Sundown, Texas, on June 2, 1960.  He was an active member of the University Baptist Church in Portales, where he served as a trustee, and sang in the choir and men’s quartet. He had owned and operated the Portales Driving School since 1987 and Tasty Taters – by George since 1990.

Survivors include his wife, of Portales; his son, Ron George (and wife, Colette) of Kingsport, Tenn.; his daughter Tina Lee (Bruce) of Floyd; five grandchildren, Josh and Val George, and Rebecca, Mckenzie and Lexie Lee; two brothers, Weldon George (Bonnie) of Wills Point, Texas, and Bob George (Brenda) of Riddle, Ore.; and a sister, Sue Littau (Jerry) of Brownfield, Texas.

The family will receive visitors from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wheeler Mortuary, Portales.

Burial will be in Portales Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clem Johnson, Matt Christensen, Glenn Johnson, Tommy Kent, Don Keneipp, George Reynolds and Louis Mestas.  

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.