July 23, 1933 - January 27, 2012
George Tisdale was born in Williamsburg County, South Carolina on July 23, 1933 to the late Edward Tisdale, Sr. and Daisy Williams-Tisdale. He grew up in a Christian home and gave his life to Christ at an early age, joining Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree, South Carolina. George was the oldest born of four boys, two of which preceded him in death: Adwell Mack Tisdale and Edward Tisdale, Jr. As a young boy he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his dad’s Bluetick hound, which was the subject of many family stories.
George received his formal education from the public school system of Williamsburg County, graduating from Tomlinson High School. While there he starred as a quarterback on the football team, being the first quarterback to run the “Bootleg Play.” He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, from Claflin University. While at Claflin he joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Upon graduating he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served four years and developed a love and passion for meteorology. For forty-five years, he had an esteemed career as a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Department of Commerce.
In August of 1957, George married his friend, Mary Louise Jefferson. They shared a special union that produced four children: George, Jr., Terasina, Marichal and Valerie. Their family unit was strong, and it was this strength that enabled George to persevere throughout his wife’s prolonged illness and untimely death. A month later, he endured the pain of the unexpected death of his mother. In spite of these life altering events, he remained a steadfast father who worked untiringly to maintain his household. He was his children’s greatest supporter and advocate, encouraging them to always withstand life’s challenges.
On March 21, 1987, George married Gwendolyn Wood. Their love flourished during their twenty-four years together. Their devotion to each other was witnessed by all who knew them. George embraced Gwendolyn’s children, their spouses and her grandchildren as his own. Her children grew to love him as a father, and her grandchildren as their grandfather.
George found pleasure being with his family. He enjoyed an occasional round of golf with his brothers, and although he was not a great golfer, his love of the game sent him back to the course time and time again. He taught his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews about nature and took them on long walks while feeding the birds and the squirrels. The life lessons he taught them will forever remain in their hearts.
George was known as an optimistic person, viewing the glass as half full as opposed to half empty. He never said an ill or bad word about anyone, because he always saw the best in people. His kindness and gentle spirit was a witness to his commitment to Christ. He became a member of the Epworth Methodist Church in Washington, DC, and through his wife, developed a loving relationship with the Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church family.
After a long illness, he departed this life on January 27, 2012. His life and legacy will continue to blossom in the lives of those he leaves behind: a devoted wife, Gwendolyn; one brother, Marvin (Patricia, deceased); four children: George, Jr., Terasina Azor (Timothy), Marichal (Sonya), and Valerie Tisdale; ten grandchildren: Vanessa, Stephanie, Ana-Marie, Kourtnie, Timothy, II, Angelica, Marcus, Martina, Gabrielle, and Stephen; and a host of loving nieces and nephews. George’s extended family includes three stepsons: Nathaniel (Cassandra), Ullysee, Jr. (Sheila), and Willie (LaChelle); eight grandchildren: Alexandra, Asia, Xavian, Nora Blake, Nina, Alia, Elijah, and Jada; two godchildren: Samantha and Matthew McKenzie.
The viewing and visitation will be held at Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, 914 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002 (map/directions) on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at 11:00, Dr. Gene M. Donaldson, Senior Pastor. A repast will follow at 12475 Settles Court, Fort Washington, MD 20744 (map/directions).
Please send all floral tributes directly to Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church the morning of the service.
Arrangements by Phillip Bell Sr. and Winona Morrissette-Johnson, P. A.
Viewing & Visitation - Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, Washington - 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service - Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, Washington - 11:00 a.m.
Repast - 12475 Settles Court Fort Washington, MD
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