Our dear friend, George Whitener, left this temporary life on Sunday, February 21, for an eternal one with his Savior. How we will miss his presence at the church door, his warm smile and cheerful greeting to everyone that entered Sunday mornings. George had struggled over the past year with health issues, but never stopped longing to be at his post in the church he loved.
In his last visit with Pastor Gil and Melba, he said he had “fought the good fight,” quoting 2 Timothy 4:7. Indeed he had persevered through many trials and tribulations throughout a life of faith. We especially remember George as a man of prayer and he testified many times to its power.
We offer our condolences to the Whitener family and prayers that God’s comfort and our love would surround them at this time. Funeral services are being arranged for Friday at the church. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.
As Pastor Gil, Melbal and Shirley Blomquist left his hospital room last week, he assured them that “I’ll see you in Glory” – and I have no doubt that we will indeed find George at that door, with a broad smile and heaven’s program in his hand, welcoming us to come on in and join him!
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George H. Whitener, Jr., 87, of Bastrop passed away Sunday Feb. 21, 2010.
He was born April 17, 1922 in Hickory, NC. George was an Alcoa employee for 20-plus years, and had worked for American National Insurance. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the First Church of God in Austin over 50 years, and a bowler.
George is survived by his wife, Madlean Whitener of Bastrop; children Russell Whitener and wife Judy of West Virginia, Allen Whitener and wife Diane, Anita Arthur and Randy Whitener and wife Julie all of Texas; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.