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George Ellis Rick, 94, of King George County quietly completed his beautiful journey on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
It was one that was filled with a love of God, family, friends and country.
He has joined in heavenly peace his wife, Emily; daughter Susie; his father, Frank, and mother Edna; and his two brothers, Frank and Fletcher. Also with him now are his father- and mother-in-laws, Roy and Susie Dodd; brother- and sister-in-laws Jack and Roberta Warden; his son-in-law, Eddie Parry; and granddaughter Jennifer Serres.
He is survived by his daughter, Emily Parry; son George Jr.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. His extended family includes Jackson and Patricia Warden, Bob and Lisa Warden, Alan and Ana Warden, Gary and Linda Jenerette, Jennifer Paris, Deborah Serres-Rick and Richard and Peggy Green.
George was a longtime member of Round Hill Baptist Church and an active member of numerous local community and charity organizations.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and retired from the Naval Station at Dahlgren as a civil engineer in 1990 after 40 years of service to his country.
He was an avid sailor, golfer, bowler and card player and, over the course of his life, he enjoyed a wide range of interests, from traveling extensively to playing bridge and poker and shooting pool at the Colonial Beach Moose Lodge.
He also wrote poetry and published a number of his poems in 2010 in his book entitled, “Words of Worth.”
This final poem from his book expresses well his parting wishes:
CROSSING THE RIVER
When I cross that one way river,
Around the bend
where man can’t see;
Grieve but shortly,
praise God greatly,
For other friends there
wait for me!
A memorial service will be held in September, the month of his birthday, as a way for his family and friends to join together to celebrate his life.
Information regarding the exact time and place of the service will be announced later and will also be available on the Nash and Slaw Funeral Home website.
In the meantime, donations in his honor, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Round Hill Baptist Church, Box 467, King George, VA 22485 or to the D-Day Memorial Foundation, Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523.
Please sign the online guest book at www.nashandslawfh.com.