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MSG (RET) Lesley Lavon George, known as “Les” to most, was born September 30, 1939 in Seminole, Oklahoma to the late Eunice Love Holt and Clarence George. After high school, Mr. George enlisted in the United States Army. During his twenty years of service, MSG George served his country honorably by completing three tours in the Vietnam War. After returning home from his last deployment, MSG George met and married Margaret J. Biggs. He was an instructor for the Army Rangers and during this time, MSG George was able to touch the lives of many young soldiers. Many times, Mrs. George would invite the trainees for a nice home-cooked meal and socialization.
MSG (Ret) George had earned numerous awards during his military career including: Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Service Star and 1 Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service Medal, Repulic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Master Parachutist Badge, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf, Air Medal, 4 Overseas Service Bars, Ranger Tab, Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.
MSG (Ret) Lesley “Les” Lavon George, 78, of Columbus, Georgia and formerly of Buena Vista, Georgia passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Columbus Hospice after a long battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Michael George.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of forty-three years, Margaret J. George; step-children, Carmen Lawton-Wheeler and husband, Roger and Danny (Kay) Hartley; brothers, Larry (Dee) George, Charles (Theresa) George, and Allen (Nancy) George; five wonderful grandchildren and numerous extended family members and friends.
A Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will be held 2:00 pm EST on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request for donations to Welcome Baptist Church c/o Rev. Bertha and Mike Everett, 70 Welcome Church Loop, Box Springs, Georgia 31801.
The George Family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Parkway, Suite A, Columbus, Georgia 31909, 706-577-0055. Condolences may be offered by visiting www.georgiacremation.com.