LILBOURN - George Kimbrell Streeter, 80, died Dec. 1, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born Sept. 11, 1924, in Bentley, Calhoun County, Miss., son of the late William Edmund and Armarie Kimbrell Streeter, he served four years with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a riverboat pilot and captain for Pure Oil and Union 76 Oil Company for most of his career from 1950 until retiring in 1986. A member of American Legion Post 595 and Masonic Lodge 429 AF&AM in New Madrid, he was instrumental in the development of VFW Post 7183 in Lilbourn, where he was a life member.
Being a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was his top priority. This was easy to see because he was adored by his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was a man of strong character who had unquestionable integrity and who was also very patriotic. In addition, he was an avid gardener known throughout the community.
On Oct. 28, 1947, in Osceola, Ark., he married Betty Faye Truelove who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Suzanne Streeter of Columbia; one daughter, Judy Streeter Riley of Lilbourn; four grandchildren, Scott and Pam Riley of Lilbourn, Amy and Marc McElveen of New Madrid, Kim and Tom Marrero of Columbia and Jason Streeter of Austin, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Grace Riley and Payne "Little Man" Riley of Lilbourn and Caroline Marrero of Columbia; two brothers, Gerald Streeter of Bassett, Ark., and Jan Streeter of Crawfordsville, Ark.; and one sister, Ruth Wells of Memphis, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Berthal Ramage Streeter; one sister, Grace Schuchart; and two brothers, Eugene Streeter and Wayne Streeter.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Lilbourn with the Rev. Robert Medlock officiating.
Burial will follow in Mounds Park Cemetery near Lilbourn.
Pallbearers will be; Donald Ray Townley, Larry Truelove, Dick Twitty, Larry Joe Holtzhouser, D.R. "Frog" Schaffer and Charles "Chug" Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Curtis Moore, Jimmy Hamilton, Jerry Webb Duncan, T.J. Woods, Dale Ray, Jimmie "Poss" Mainord, Everett Lee Dees; the crews of Motor Vessel LW Sweet and Motor Vessel Lea Roberts; and members of VFW Post 7183.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
the Lilbourn Sorority Memorial Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 501 Lilbourn, MO 63862
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 31805