George Sturkie

Born: Fri., Apr. 26, 1935
Died: Thu., Sep. 17, 2020


1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Sun., Sep. 20, 2020
Location: Congaree Baptist Church

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sun., Sep. 20, 2020
Location: Congaree Baptist Church

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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
September 20 at 3:00pm. The visitation will be held from 1:30-2:30pm before the service. If you are
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.


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Cathy and Jim Craig
   Posted Sun September 20, 2020
Getta, Roslyn, and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and
we wish you peace and strength during this difficult time.

With our love ,
Cathy and Jim Craig

Jamey & Christie Baughman and Family
   Posted Sun September 20, 2020
Our Prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Marilyn Flake
   Posted Sun September 20, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Sturkie was a loving caring man and I count it as a privilege to share great grandchildren with him.

Hazel Shull
   Posted Wed September 23, 2020
We are sorry to learn of George's passing. We pray that God will give you His peace and comfort in these difficult days. Hazel and Lonnie Shull

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