George Edward Terry Obituary

George Edward Terry

George Edward Terry was born in Kansas City, Kansas, August 22, 1934, and passed away peacefully at home in Carthage on September 15, 2020. George was very proud of his family—primarily his loving wife of 60 years, Virginia, his sons Andy and Jason, and daughter Christia. Other loved family members include Andy’s wife Nancy and grandchildren Drew, Cameron, and Erica; Jason’s wife Karen and grandchildren Nate and Emily; and Christy’s husband Paul and grandson Braden. George graduated high school from Wyandotte High in Kansas City, Kansas in 1953, and then went on to college at Pittsburgh State University where he played football and worked at the local radio station. After college he married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Sue, lived in Gladstone for several years, and then moved the family to Carthage in 1971, so that George could continue as a salesman for the nearby area for Westvaco Pulp and Paper Company. As a new resident of Carthage, George fell in love with the town and became a staunch supporter of the community. While in Carthage, George was an active participant in several organizations including Knights of Pythias and Kiwanis. He also loved his church, First United Methodist Church of Carthage, where he took great delight in hearing his wife Virginia sing her solos, participated himself in dramatic readings during special celebrations, and was a long-time member of Sunday School Class. George was always the life of the party, a true entertainer and storyteller, which suited him well for his career as a salesman, first working for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, then Westvaco, and finally retiring from Leggett and Platt. Friends and strangers alike all remember George for his teasing, humor, and loving nature. Once George was retired, he spent many enjoyable hours in his garage, the “cannon factory,” where he made numerous historical cannon replicas to either give away as gifts or donate to charity. These cannons are now spread across the area, each being a special memento of the great man who made it. Inventor, man of frugality, entertainer, artist, Maple Leaf Parade party host, angler, gardener, cannon meister extraordinaire, husband, father, grandfather (Peepaw), neighbor, and friend, George Edward will be sorely missed. Funeral services will be held 2 pm, Monday, September 21, 2020 at First United Methodist Church, Carthage. The family will receive friends from 2-4 pm, Sunday, September 20, 2020 at First United Methodist Church, Carthage. Interment will follow the service at Park Cemetery, Carthage. Memorial gifts are suggested to First United Methodist Church in care of Knell Mortuary. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.
August 22, 1934 - September 15, 202008/22/193409/15/2020
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Jeff
September 18
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Ron Petersen
September 25
George will be missed by his many friends. We always enjoyed seeing and visiting with him at Broadview Country Club. We will keep your family in our prayers.
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Sara Fanning
September 22
Virginia,
I am so sorry to hear about George’s passing. I will always remember his smile and his laugh. And he was such a good pal to my Dad. I will be praying for strength and comfort for you and your family.

Sara Fanning

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Clay Crawford
September 21
Mr. Terry was quick with a wink and always light hearted. He loved his family and the church. Rest In Peace George, you will be sorely missed at Maple Leaf, on Christmas Eve and when folks from Carthage get together. .
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Carrie (Crawford) Swetnam
September 21
I have such fond memories watching the Maple Leaf parade from the curb outside the Terry home! I am so happy that George and his family continued the tradition long enough that my own young children could have the same experience. It also makes me smile just thinking a... Continue Reading
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Travis
September 21
I've only known George for a few years, having crossed paths with him many mornings at the YMCA. Once he found out I work at Leggett's Corporate offices, he reminded me several times a month, "Don't cut the dividend!" What a character and a sweet man.
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Jacqueline Potter
September 21
George was a wonderful friend to us and Virginia, too, ever since they moved to the Carthage area many years ago. They were always hospitable and certainly among our best friends, in many ways. George had a host of friends, but none of them will miss him more than we wil... Continue Reading
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Fred McDaniel
September 20
Our sincere sympathy and prayers for your precious bride, Virginia, and all of your family, George. Wonderful memories with you, Barney and Norm and the crazy teenage years, and a lifetime of precious moments. I’m sorry we couldn’t be there in person, but that ‘Ritis g... Continue Reading
Jenny Mansfield
September 19
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My deepest sympathy to Virginia and Family! He was truly unique and his many friends will miss him dearly!
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Rose Family
September 19
The Rose family is sending all of our love and thoughts with the Terry family in this difficult time . Halloween won't be the same without you George!

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September 18
We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
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