George A Encinas

George A Encinas

Passed: September 01, 2007


Encinas, George A., died September 1, 2007. Born on December 29, 1931 in California to Gilbert and Clara Encinas. George joined the US Army in 1949 to serve his country. He spent over 21 years on active military service. While undergoing training at Fort Lee, VA he met his future wife, Thelma Mae Bailey of Drakes Branch, VA and married her in 1954. In service to his country, George served two tours of duty in the Korean War, two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, and two tours of duty in West Germany. Between tours of duty overseas, George served as an expert demolitions instructor at the US Army Academy at West Point. He retired from service in 1970. He went to work for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and rose to become the Building & Grounds Superintendent for the museum, overseeing many of the capital improvements that were started in the mid to late 1970s and early 1980s. He then drove a school bus for Chesterfield County for several years, retiring from service to others but not from life. He pursued his hobbies of woodworking for several years, making numerous wood products for sale and as gifts for his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted son, husband, and father. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Thelma B. Encinas; sons, Paul E. Encinas and Richard A. Encinas, both of Richmond, VA; daughter-in-law, Linda H. Encinas; grandchildren Ryan A. Encinas, Erika R. Encinas, Ashley R. Encinas, Michael J. Encinas, Lindell Walley, and Logan Encinas; brothers and sisters, Peter Encinas, Delores E. Olivera, Dorothy Encinas, Joe Encinas, Gilbert Encinas, and Anthony Encinas, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road, Richmond, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to AMVETS, 4647 Forbes Blvd, Lanham, Maryland, 20706.

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