George McGarland France III

Funeral services for George McGarland France III, 87, Lawrence, will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Mr. France died Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

He was born October 8, 1931, in Huntington, West Virginia, the son of George McGarland France Jr. and Aneda Erva Tarrer France. He graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in science, majoring in chemistry.

Mr. France served in the United States Army during the Korean War attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. After being discharged from the Army, he served in the Army Reserves achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. France loved talking to people and enjoyed jazz music, football and basketball, and photography. He was a member of a book club and attended Trinity Episcopal Church. He was very charismatic, charming, and a true gentleman.

He married Rhuea Marie Patton in 1959 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include children, C. Renay France Esq. of Silver Spring, MD, George France IV and wife Cora of Oklahoma City, OK, Pierre A. France and wife Dr. Christine Jenkins D.V. M. of Morris Plains, NJ; grandchildren, Kathryn France of Morris Plains, NJ, Cameron Johnson and wife Tiffany of Irving, TX, Andre Davis and wife Jennifer of South Orange, NJ; great grandchildren, Courtney Johnson of Irving, TX, Quenton Davis of South Orange, NJ, Sydney Davis of South Orange, NJ; brother, Craig Patton and wife Sarah of Oklahoma City, OK; aunt, Jacquline Tarrer of New York City, NY; cousins, Cicero Fain of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Wallace Hayden of Maryland; sister-in-laws, Maggie Louie Johnel of Temple, TX, and Beverly Smith of Oklahoma City, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. France will lie in state from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Jewel and James Patterson...

Dear Rhuea, we just found out about George quite accidentally. I saw a post on Facebook from your son, even tho we’re not Facebook friends. Pat is devastated. Even tho they didn’t write/talk on any regular basis, Pat still considered him one of his closest friends. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed.

From James A Manning, Colonel (Ret)...

It is with great sadness that read of the passing of my college roommate’s passing, We became very close friends as we entered college in West Virginia the Fall of 1949 and remained so for life. I last visited he and his widow, Rhuea maybe 25-30 years ago when they lived in a Chicago suburb. God grant my brother and Eternal Rest.

From Vaida Botts Carey...

RIP Cousin! My love, prayers and condolences to family. I will miss our conversations thru emails and FB. You will be missed.

From Jerry Tarrer Sr....

From Jerry Tarrer Sr.
I just learned of cousin George’s passing. George was one of the last members of the family that I turned to for information on our family history. Over the years “Sonny” and I had lengthy informative conversations which I will truly miss. My condolences to Rhuea and George’s Family, I’m sure that his transition has granted him Peace.

From Lisa Tarrer Lacy...

I just learned tonight of my Cousin Sonny’s passing. My deepest condolences to all of the France family. I have fond memories of visiting Aunt Aneda as a child. I regret that distance did not allow me to know my older cousins and their children on my Father’s side, better.

I am grateful Sonny and I did get to communicate long distance & via social media. Praying that Cousin Sonny’s wife and children are comforted. Thank you George for letting me know. I am often in New York and would to love to meet any of you living East. Sincere Blessings to all Sonny’s family & friends.
Much Love,


From Cicero M. Fain, III...

I am deeply saddened by the Sonny’s passing. He was a good, kind, interesting, and loving man. I have the fondest memories of our family visiting his family in Oklahoma as a kid and Dad and I attending a Marshall vs. Kansas State game in Lawrence many years later. Over the years we exchanged homemade jazz CDs and shared long talks–not the least because he loved to talk!–on a variety of topics, small and large. We shared a love of Huntington, West Virginia, and African American history. I will miss him! My deepest condolences to the France family.

From Cicero Fain Jr....

My condolences to the France family on their loss. I will truly miss our many telephone conversations where we solved so many issues. Sonny was my cousin friend & akin to brothers. May he Rest In Peace!! You will be missed!!

From John H Spencer...

Our condolences to the entire family. George “sonny” was a good friend starting in elementary school in Huntington. I will miss our long phone conversations. Rhuea , our prayers are with you and family.

From Rosezella CantyLetsome...

Our condolences to Renay and family. The Canty-Letsome Family

From Cameron Johnson...

Our deepest condolences sincerest thoughts and lots of love.

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