Wilford Emanuel George was born on December 20, 1927. He was born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands in Charlotte Amalie. Wilford was born to loving parents Eleanora Rhymer Christian and Alfred (Tuffy) George, Sr., and also raised by his loving stepfather Desmond Christian.
As a child, Wilford was raised in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands with his maternal aunts Alice and Alicia and a host of cousins. At the age of eight years old, Wilford moved to Puerto Rico for his formal education and subsequently became fluent in Spanish. Upon graduation from High School, Wilford joined the Army at the age of 19. He was stationed at Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico. There he met his first wife Ruth Vicars. From this union, three beautiful children were created: Darril, Roy, and Debbie.
Wilford was known to his friends as “Willie”. Wilford served valiantly in the Korean War from 1950-1954. He was severely injured in the line of duty which left him disabled for the duration of his life. Wilford married his second wife Alice Brown George after relocating to New York City. He lived there for over 40 years. He took on the role of father to Alice’s three boys Christopher, Michael, and Eric; together they created two daughters Natalie and Sandra. Wilford was a musician and sang with several calypso bands from the late 50’s to 60’s. He always sang for every family gathering in Spanish and English. Wilford was an incredible cook. He enjoyed creating a variety of unique dishes such as stewed sardines and Fungi. Another favorite pastime of his was competitive horse racing; his favorite race was the Kentucky Derby. After the death of his beloved wife Alice, Wilford’s health began to fail. He went to live with his stepson Eric and his wife Shelly in Virginia; who took excellent care of him until his passing on April 12, 2021.
Wilford leaves to mourn his five children Darril George, Roy George, Debbie George, Natalie George, and Sandra George; Stepsons: Michael Brown, Eric Brown; one sister-in-law Ruby George; daughter in laws: Shelly Brown, Sabrina George, and Debbie George; four nieces Jasmine, Joanne, Monica, and Nikki; one nephew Kendall; twelve grandchildren: Raeshaun, Christopher, Naeshaun, Lauryn, Ramal, Tia, Vanescia, Darril Jr., Kyan, Laquita, Shannon, Shimoy; twelve great-grandchildren: Jacaira, Jozion, Jaezon, Jazona, Ja’mere, Jyson, Makiyah, Calei, Miani, Phoenix, Jahnaya, Destiny, Devon; one great-great-grandchild: Nila; and a host of relatives and friends. Preceding him in his death were his wife Alice, his father Alfred, Sr., his mother Eleanora, his stepfather Desmond, his aunt Alice, his brothers Frankie and Alfred, Jr., and stepson Christopher.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, April 29 at Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. A funeral service will be held at 3 pm Friday, April 30 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be at 11am Monday, May 3 at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia.
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