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(Dec 07, 2008)

JEFFREY EDWARD GEORGE, M.D., age 49, of Roanoke, Virginia, formerly of Huntington, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord on December 3, 2008 near Roanoke. Born December 20, 1958, son of the late Edward and Frances Shaw George, Dr. George is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Teresa Kimbler George. He was graduated from Duke University in 1980 and West Virginia University Medical School in 1984. He completed his general surgery residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in 1989 and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Louisville in 1991. His honors include valedictorian of Huntington High School and, later, recipient of the Lange Outstanding Senior Medical Student Award at WVU. He received the Baird Memorial Surgical Research award many times during his general surgery training. Furthermore, he was designated as one of the "Best Doctors in America" six separate times. He was also chairman of the Hospitality House (now the Jeffrey E. George Comfort House); director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at St. Mary's Medical Center; Chairman of St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation; Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Dr. George and his family returned to Roanoke, where he joined Carilion Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates. His tireless efforts on behalf of all patients continued through his work on the safety and quality improvement team for improving patient outcomes. Survivors include two aunts, Linda George Sakakini and Rosalie George. Surviving cousins include: Joy and Jim Booten, Steven Sakakini, Lynette Sakakini Bunyan, Julia Denise George, Fredric George, Phillip Charles George, Alan George, Barbara George Ricks, Gregory George, Mark George, Chris George, Joy George Biddar, Roseanne George Giles, John George, the late Deidra George and their respective families. He also leaves behind two beloved dogs. Dr. George will forever be remembered as a man who respected all people and was generous beyond compare. Beyond all his medical expertise and attention to his patients, his family always knew they were his first love. Dr. George was also an avid tennis player. He loved his country and he loved his church, serving on various commissions at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. Beyond all accolades, Dr. George exemplified an incredibly rare character of love, dignity, and loyalty. Not only was he the greatest friend anyone could have, but he also lived his life in complete devotion to the people of Huntington and the tri-state area. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 8 at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, Huntington, W.Va., Dr. Allen Reasons officiating. Entombment will be held at Woodmere Abbey of Remembrance. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. Klingel-Carpenter is in charge of arrangements. The family guest book may be signed at www.klingel-carpenter.com. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to either Jeffrey E. George Comfort House or Fifth Avenue Baptist Church.

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