Our condolences to the family of this wonderful man, who I regret never
having met. Barbara
As seen today at Legacy.com
and published in Pensacola [FL] News Journal on
Sept. 26, 2013. The obit was accompanied in that paper by 2 photos, one
showing him as a young Marine in dress uniform, and the other more recent
and more casually dressed. (The obit and Marine photo of him have already
been posted at FindAGrave.)
George Poythress Jr. (1940 - 2013)
George Leroy Poythress, Jr. (1940-2013
George Leroy Poythress Jr., 73, of Pensacola, FL, passed away peacefully
on September 22, 2013 surrounded by family and loving friends to be with
God. George is known to family and friends as "Buck" or "Bucky". He
born in Roanoke, VA on July 14, 1940.
He was a member of the graduating class of 1958 Graham High School,
Bluefield, VA where he met and married his high school sweetheart, upon
graduation joining the U.S.M.C.
Throughout Buck's life, he always served his country with honor and
dignity. First, and foremost, as a Marine during the Vietnam War Era,
traveling to over 19 countries. He received too many accolades to mention.
Stationed in Hawaii, he earned a Bachelor Degree with the Chaminade College
of Honolulu, receiving honors. Retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant, he
later joined the Escambia Sheriff's Department and rose to the rank of Lt.
before retiring in 2004. [Note: Escambia Co, FL is the county in which
Pensacola is located. I had not been aware of any Poythress family living
there before seeing this obit.]
George leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years of marriage, Ella
Perdue Poythress; his son, Greg and wife Pat Poythress; daughter, Renee and
husband Victor Barahona.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. Thursday,
September 26, 2013 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel. A Funeral Cortege will
depart from Harper-Morris at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013 for
Graveside services at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:00a.m.
Special thanks to the doctors and staff of West Florida Hospital and
Baptist Hospital for their loving care and service.
The family would like to give a heart-felt thanks to long time caring
friends, Leamond and Judy Gunn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project
in memory of George Poythress.
This Marine believed in God, the Flag and Country. Semper Fi!
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Note that from some of the many, many notes in the online guest book, and
the photos posted, we learn that while he was at Graham High in Bluefield,
VA he'd been an outstanding musician, with one fellow noting his memory of
Bucky was how he set the bar high for trumpet playing, saying he would
always remember Bucky's playing 'Flight of the Bumblebee' -- one of the
toughest pieces for a trumpet player -- superbly. [When you read the below
family line for him, this sounds like a talent he inherited from his
One photo posted by his daughter shows his talent as an artist, too, with a
beautiful picture he'd done. Another photo shows him as a young boy of
perhaps 5 or 6 (so during or soon after WWII), dressed in what looks like a
small Army dress-uniform, beside his mother.
The above-mentioned Bluefield, VA is located along the Bluestone River in
Tazewell County, on US Hwy 19, very near the VA-WV state line in
southwestern VA -- and just 3 miles down the road from Bluefield, WV. To
help you place Bluefield, VA mentally, it is just west of I-77 and about 38
miles north-northwest of Wytheville, VA (which is at the intersection of
I-81 and I-77), for those who may be more familiar with it.
Analysis shows this recently deceased George Leroy "Buck" Poythress Jr, who
was born 14 July 1940, descends from:
- ggg-gf: Gideon Poythress [who was age 40-49 in the 1830 Southampton Co,
- gg-gf: Benjamin Poythress & Susan Mary Williams [Benjamin was born about
1808 in Southampton Co, VA; was listed in 1850 Petersburg, VA Census as a
huxter; & was buried in late July 1865 at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg,
- g-gf: George Alexander Poythress & "Ella" or Ellan M; George was born in
1849 (listed as age 1 in father's hh in 1850 Petersburg Census; he died Aug
1906 in Lynchburg, VA; per his obit he was a musician, buried in
Lynchburg's Presbyterian Cemetery
- gf: George Leroy Poythress [b.July 1878] & Janie Taylor; [He was born
July 1878; per his March 1909 obit, he'd been leader of the Lynchburg City
Band; was regarded as one of the best musicians of his kind in the city;
for years his beautiful cornet was heard in churches of the city; was
leader of the YMCA Orchestra until ill health compelled him to give up his
music; his illness lasted about a year before he died, survived by his wife
(Janie Taylor of Lynchburg) and infant son -- apparently named for his
- father: G.[George] LeRoy Poythress & Dorothy E [While I could not find
any burial record for him, I did find him in the SSDI as George Poythress,
b.4 Oct 1908, d.in Mar 1966 with no zip code specified for his last
residence; he had obtained his SS # in WV -- He was age 31 in April 1940
Census of Bluefield, Tazewell Co, VA, which showed the couple with only one
small daughter; in that 1940 Census we learn that on 1 Apr 1935 he and his
wife had lived in Roanoke, Roanoke Co, VA; his education level was shown as
having 4 yrs of college & his occupation was Draftsman for the Electric
Power Utility who had worked all 52 weeks of preceding year.]