George Carrington Atwell
Oct. 19, 1943 – Sept. 19, 2020
ATWELL, George C., 76, of Glen Allen passed away at his home on September 19, 2020. George was born in Queens, New York in 1943. He arrived in Richmond to play basketball at the University of Richmond in 1961 and played basketball through 1965 and has continued to be a supporter of Spider Athletics.
He was blessed throughout his life with family and many great friends and enjoyed playing various sports . He was active in the Hunton Civic Recreation Association and coached youth softball for several years. He was an avid scuba diver and an active member of the Undersea Explorers Club. His passions also included reading and traveling.
His career included working for Allstate, Richfood, Unijax and lastly as the owner of Hertless Brothers Roofing. He made many lifelong friends during his career with whom he shared many adventures and wonderful memories.
George is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay; his daughter, Barbara Dauberman, her husband, Lavan and grandchildren, Luke (Kelley), Loren and his brother in law, Richard Keltner. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Atwell and his sister, Jean Atwell.
Memorials may be made to University of Richmond Spider Athletic Fund at Advancement Operations, 114 UR Drive, University of Richmond, VA 23173.
Mr. Atwell was the original #girldad. Barbara, your Dad was the best coach. All those days on the softball field in Hunton were the best with your family. The Hunton community has lost an Icon in his passing. May God grant you and your Mom his grace and peace.
I worked with George for 9 years at Richfood and have so many fond memories of him. One in particular when he put me on a high lift team during inventory and I was terrified! His idea of a joke and I’m sure you are smiling as you read this knowing him so well and the ways he could get the best of people. Another memory was how hard he worked to help us build a softball field on the property at Richfood. He was a physical giant but inside we all knew he was a teddy bear. He was always helpful, respectful and a dedicated employee.
I know you will miss him and I pray for your peace as you mourn the great loss.
My heartfelt condolences to Kay and family. I was saddened to hear of George’s passing. George has been a friend since our days as freshmen on the UR basketball team in 1961. George was 6’ 10” and grew up playing for a large high school in a competitive league in Queens, NY. I was almost a foot shorter, had only 15 in my graduating class and played in a rural Southside Virginia league. We couldn’t have come from much different backgrounds but we developed a friendship that lasted for almost 60 years. George, recruited by Coach Les Hooker, made the most of his scholarship opportunity becoming the starting center for the Spiders under Coach Lou Mills.
I appreciated George’s love and pride in his marriage to Kay and his family. George was a loyal friend and a loyal Spider. It was always such a pleasure to see George and Kay at UR games. His passing is a loss to his family, his Hunton community and leaves a big void at Spider games. Rest In Peace dear friend.
Mama and I are so sorry to hear about Mr Atwell’s passing. We have fond memories of him. We are praying for your family.
George was a very good man. I always enjoyed being around him. Mom and dad liked him very much also. Deepest sympathy to the family and friends.
I am so sorry for your loss. George sure made life interesting for me while in high school. Though his size was intimidating his heart and humor were greater.
Kay and Barb,
I’m so sorry for your loss. I know that my mother and father though very highly of George. I hope that the many wonderful memories you have of your life together will bring you some comfort and peace. Take care, Darcy
Kay, Barbara, and family,
Our hearts were saddened to learn of your loss. We pray that God’s loving peace will be with you, now and always.
Know that we stand at your sides should you have a need that we can provide.
God Bless You,
Jerry and Ginny
Dear Kay and family,
I knew George from the neighborhood. He was a gentle giant and loved by all of my family. I knoe God will bring you comfort at this sad time. Our prayer Re with you.
Peggy Brooks Strong & David
George was a good friend and will be sadly missed, Our prayers and thoughts are with the family in this time of sorrow and he is now at peace.
.George was a good buddy and friend and will be sadly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and George is now at peace.
Kay and Family, we are so saddened to learn of George’s death. He was a gentle giant, especially when he is your opponent in a racketball game. I looked for the closest corner to get out of the way. Bob treasured the years they worked together at Richfood and all the fun times outside of work – a great friendship. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Love to you!
I will always cherish the fond memories that I have from childhood! He will be greatly missed!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take good care and God bless.
Dear Kay and family. Sorry to hear of George’s passing. Thinking of you all during this time. Praying for you.🙏
Dear Kay so sorry to hear of George’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy love Janice and Carl Nelson
Sharyn and I are so sorry to hear about George. I have so many memories of our time on the basketball court and racquetball court when we were both at Richfood. He was not an easy obstacle to avoid when we were playing doubles with John Hampton and Greg Cooper! I also got to interact with George when he owned Hertless and bought his office furniture from me. Again, not an easy guy to fit for an office chair! What was easy about him was to get past that hard outer layer and discover that he was a puddle of goo, once he trusted you. I have always considered the fact that he did trust me to be a great compliment.
Trust in the Lord to help you through these times.