George Kenneth McNabb

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George Kenneth McNabb

George Kenneth McNabb, 96, of Perryton, left this earthly home for Heaven on Oct. 26, 2019.

Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Perryton, with Rev. Richard Laverty officiating. Graveside services will be held that afternoon in Vernon at 3 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Perryton.

He was born to Noah and Ida Ellen Chrisman McNabb on June 6, 1923 in Vernon. He grew up in Vernon to a family poor in possessions, but rich in love and Christian values. He had five brothers and five sisters. His only surviving sibling is Ellen Wall, along with a brotherin-law, Delbert Petit of Vernon.

George acquired many of his father’s traits- carpentering, singing and leading others in praising the Lord. When he was a child, George’s father began a Methodist Church in their home, which later became Texas Street Methodist Church in Vernon. As George was growing up, he remembered Sundays at their home full of food and friends.

At the age of 12, George realized that just growing up in a Christian home and going to church every Sunday was not enough. So, during a revival service he walked to the front to make public to all that he was following Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Only a boy, he quit school to help out with the family income, working as a helper on an ice delivery truck for 50 cents a day. With a drive to always achieve more, he moved to carrying in laundry at $1 a day, and then working back at the ice house for $3 a day. That’s where he met the love of his life, Edna Loretta Cary.

He worked as an engineer at the ice house until he entered the Navy in 1943. He was stationed in San Diego, California when Loretta’s parents moved to California to work in the war effort and bring their daughter to marry. The two were married Sept. 2, 1943 before he shipped out to Hawaii.

George returned to Vernon with his wife and young daughter in 1946, and began employment with Montgomery Ward while attending night vocational school on the GI bill. The family began to grow, including Carolyn, Kathy and Kenneth Jr.

In 1957, he began his life career in the lumber business with Shamburger Lumber Company, moving up the ladder and becoming manager in Vernon, then moving the family of five to manage the Osborne Lumber in 1958. When Osborne Lumber closed, he went to work for Foxworth Galbraith Lumber and managed the yard in Pecos until his retirement in 1988, when he and Loretta moved to Amarillo due to her failing health.

Because George was unable to sit still in retirement, he and Loretta took of their great-grandchildren as their parents worked. He added to his schedule by serving as a school crossing guard at Sleepy Hollow Elementary in Amarillo for 18 years.

George continued to serve his Lord through being very active in the churches wherever the family resided. He was ordained as a deacon at First Baptist Church, Vernon in 1956, and continued to serve in that position in Wellington, Perryton, Pecos and Amarillo.

In Perryton, he played a significant role in the beginnings of Key Heights Baptist and Southside Baptist Church. He and Loretta taught children and youth Sunday School and Training Union classes in every church they were a part of. He led the music at Southside for seven years. He drew the plans and was overseer of two additions while serving at Southside.

The fun times for the retired couple included working in South Fork, Colorado for the summers and selling crafts in shows all over the Panhandle. Cooking lots of food for family dinners and entertaining friends was a big part of their lives.

George was a loving family man. He and Loretta took both her mother and sister into their home when they could no longer care for themselves and provide their care until their deaths. He loved his bride with an exceptional love not observed much in these times. When Loretta was placed in hospice in 2015, they decided to go home and he would care for her. Three years later when she passed in July 2018, he was still caring for her with love and compassion.

For a few days short of 75 years, they both lived out the marriage vows they took back in the days of their youth in California. Shortly after his wife’s passing, George moved back to Perryton, where he lived out the last few months of his life at The Seasons.

Family was always the center of this couple’s life. They were always eager and excited to keep their grandkids and great-grandkids or watch any event where they might be participating. George always loved sports and loved watching all the games and practices, no matter the weather.

He is survived by his children, Carolyn Thurman and husband Danny, Kathy Darrow and Ken Jr. and wife Judy. His grandkids include Chris and wife Holley Lovett Thurman, Shelley Thurman Blair and husband Doni, Natalie McNabb Drake and husband Jeff, Lisa McNabb Calvert and husband Brandon, and Lindsey Darrow Cobb and husband Johnny. His great-grands include Austin, Claire and Spencer Thurman, Sara and Daniel Drake, Breanna Calvert and Taylor Ann Price and Morgan Cobb.

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