(FRANKLIN, Ga.) Phillip Paul George, 75, died suddenly Aug. 24, 2021, on George Farm.

In accordance with his wishes, the family will privately honor his memory at home.

Phillip George was the only son of James Paul and Leah George, born on June 5, 1946, in Roanoke. Phillip attended Nashville Auto-Diesel College to become a mechanic. Phillip began his professional career at Allen-George Garage in LaGrange, Ga. After opening his garage, he served as president of the Independent Garage Owners Association in 1969. In 1972, Mr. George started a new business venture that would impact generations of his family - grading. Phillip taught his two sons, Randy and Rick George, to build ponds, clear land for pasture, grade for buildings and work hard; skills the two sons used when they grew up to start a successful grading and hauling business of their own. In 1990, Phillip started a hauling company and regularly worked 16-hour days for the next 20 years until retirement. Phillip's greatest accomplishment may be the work ethic he instilled in his boys, which they passed down to their own sons. Phillip enjoyed mud bogging and built and ran Deer Creek Mud Bog for several years.

Phillip is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara George; two sons, Randy George (Trisha) and Rick George (Kim); three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

Stutts Funeral Home, Franklin, Ga.

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