John Benjamin "Ben" George died Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at his home in Cleburne. Ben was 90. He was born July 1, 1927, in Cleburne to W. Taylor and Carrie S. George and grew up with his many friends in Cleburne. Ben spoke often of growing up with his buddies and the happy times they spent playing together on the George Family Farm on the Nolan River near Rio Vista.
Ben graduated from Cleburne High School and, shortly thereafter, joined the US Navy. On the ship going overseas, the war ended and he spent the next several months in China, where he had many happy adventures. He returned to the States and was honorably discharged. He attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and came home to work for his father at the Cleburne Coca-Cola Bottling Company plant. After his father's retirement, Ben was manager of the plant for 36 years.
Ben married Beverly Hughett of Rio Vista and they celebrated their 70th years of marriage this past August. Ben and Beverly had two children: daughter, Carolyn Burnett (Mrs. Wade) and son, Bill, both of Cleburne.
Ben and his son, Bill, loved to fish the "big one" always managed to get away but they so loved being together. He loved being with his friends and playing Forty-Two. He was charter member and past president of the Exchange Club. He served as an Ambassador for the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce. He was a former Deacon in the United Presbyterian Church.
His beloved daughter, Carolyn Burnett, preceded him in death as did his parents, two brothers, Leonard and Henry George, and sister, Elizabeth Orwig.
Ben is survived by his wife, Beverly, and their son, Bill, who was his longtime caregiver and close friend. He is also survived by his faithful son-in-law, Wade Burnett, widowed husband of Carolyn. He is further survived by their grad-daughter, Caroline and her son, and his beloved Great-Grandson, Hayden Gousin. Ben is also survived by his sisters: Mary G. Steed and Alice G. Hunnicutt and her husband, Jack, all of Cleburne.
Ben will be remembered for his kind and gentle ways and quick wit.
To honor his wishes, there will be no funeral nor memorial services.
Memorials may be made to United Presbyterian Church, Cleburne.
Published on December 26, 2017