George Lee Sturkie
George was born in Swansea, SC (at home) on April 26, 1935 to Bill and Bonnie Hutto Sturkie. He
married Shelvy Ann Ellisor on November 25, 1953. They had five children; Baby Boy Sturkie, Georgetta
(Steve) Bachman, Roslyn (Fred) Smith, Billy (Linda) Sturkie and Gerard Sturkie, 20 grandchildren (this
includes their spouses) and 25 great grandchildren with one on the way. He has 2 siblings; David, who is
deceased, his spouse JoAnn Sturkie and Janie (Heyward) Shumpert.
He started teaching Sunday School at the age of 12 and taught until dementia took away his ability to
speak fluently 2 years ago. He was very active in his church; serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher,
usher, music leader, trustee and many other jobs. He was the “zoo keeper” for Kids Kamp and many
elementary school classrooms.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren every Tuesday afternoon
and Sunday, meals always
included for the entire family. He continued this tradition with his great grandchildren. Nothing made him
happier than time spent with his family.
He retired from the Postal Service and then Lexington School District 2.
The service will be held at Congaree Baptist Church, 101 Pine Ridge Drive, West Columbia on Sunday
attending, please wear a face mask.
A special thanks to Sylvia Haynes, Dianne Jamison and Angel Williams for their care for the last couple
of months. You were our answer to prayer.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift in his memory to Congaree Baptist Church.