George V. Thamaravelil
George V. Thamaravelil, 71, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017. He was born June 22, 1945 to Mariamma and T.V. George in Mannar, India. After growing up and graduating high school in India, he attended college and then opened a clinic near his home. In 1972, he immigrated to the United States, specifically to Memphis, TN, where he attended Creighton College. While there, he met his wife, Charlene Cowles, whom he married on Jan. 31, 1974. They were married for 43 years. George has three brothers, along with their wives, and seven nieces and nephews. Joseph and Thomas live in Houston, and Thampi is living in Portland. George has three children, Mary Ann, Mathew, and Michael, along with their spouses, Shawn, Georgia, and Melissa, and 10 grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Trevor, Kyle, Emily, Elijah, Noelle, Noah, Nolan, and a baby girl due in September. After getting married, George began his career in Memphis, TN, working in managerial positions for Cook Industries as well as other companies, until he eventually moved his family to Portland, Texas, to purchase his own pest management company. Through hard work, fairness, sacrifice and dedication, his company grew from a small company to what it is today. Later years he expanded his career into real estate development. George will always be remembered for his love and service to others, his generosity, love of and for his family, his humility, and his strong faith in Christ. His devotion to his family, was seen in his daily prayers for each of his grandchildren, daily efforts to reach out to both children and grandchildren, and regular concern for his family’s wellbeing. He enjoyed spending time at his grandchildren’s activities and school events, and did not like to miss any milestone in their lives. His generosity was seen through many community activities, one such example being the annual Thanksgiving community meal he began over 22 years ago, to serve those in need in our surrounding areas. He was also dedicated to the entrepreneurial spirit and committed to helping others advance their own careers and start new businesses. Despite his extremely busy schedule, he was known to always take time out, to go “above and beyond,” in order to serve and show Christ’s love to those around him. He was also actively involved in organizations such as The Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Bend Indian Association, both the Orthodox and Baptist churches, and Christian Businessmen Association. A Prayer Service was held Tuesday, May 16, 2017. A funeral mass was celebrated Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at First Baptist Church Portland, Texas. Private interment followed at Seaside Memorial Park. To share words of comfort with the family please visit: www.seasidefuneral.com.