George V. Williford
Funeral services for Mr. George V. Williford, age 76 of Lindale, are scheduled for 4:00 PM Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Lindale, with the Pastors Rick Ivey and Nick Sholars officiating. Burial will follow in the Lindale City Cemetery with services under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale. Mr. Williford died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at his home in Lindale. He was born September 24, 1940 in Zavalla, Texas the son of the late, Dudley James and Iona (Stringer) Williford. George received his Master's Degree from Texas A&M. He began his career as a youth director with the First United Methodist Church in Brenham and Beaumont area and later in Tyler at Marvin United Methodist Church. He began his career in Education Administration as a principal in Elgin, Texas in 1974, principal in Nacogdoches in 1980 and in 1982 he joined the Katy, Texas ISD as Director of Special Services. In 1986, he became Superintendent at Somerville ISD and came to Lindale as Superintendent in 1989 until 1995. After leaving Lindale, George was the Church Business Administrator at the First United Methodist Church in Lufkin until 2001 and later worked in Real Estate in Lufkin until retiring in 2004 to Chandler. In 2014, The Willifords then moved back to Lindale. Mr. Williford is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann Williford of Lindale; daughter, Jan Simmons and husband, Brady of Lindale; son, Jeffrey Williford and wife, Andreia of Tyler; sister, Glenda Williford Allison and husband, Jerry of Port Arthur; six grandchildren, Mary, Anna, Caden, and Levi Simmons of Lindale; August and Isabella Williford of Tyler; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Patricia and Jack Purl of Hideaway; and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Caden Simmons, Jack Purl, Steven Purl, Todd Purl, Jerry Allison, Jamie Parks, Jason Allison, and Neal Williams.
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