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George Douglas Sizemore

SoVaNow.com / March 30, 2021



On Tuesday, March 23, 2021 our beloved deacon emeritus George Douglas Sizemore peacefully answered the angelic call to his home. He was born to the late Benjamin and Ella Jamieson Day Sizemore.


He attended the Averett Graded school. He graduated from West End High School in 1939 and attended Drawer T. Trade School in West Virginia. He enlisted in the Army in February 1942 and received an honorable discharge on December 1945 as a staff sergeant. He served in the 1222nd Engineers Fire Fighter Platoon. During his service he received the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon.


In 1948, he married the late, Laura Mae Downey and for 59 years they enjoyed family, friends, and gardening. Many children claimed them as their parents. He enjoyed the outdoors where he worked at Laughlin and Sutton Construction company in Greensboro, N.C.


He accepted Jesus Christ as his lord and savior at the age of six and was baptized as a member of Wharton Memorial Baptist Church. He remained a faithful member until his demised. With religious aspirations he served as church clerk, secretary of the Deacon Board, Sunday school teacher, superintendent of the Sunday school, an usher, a life member missionary, a member of the Men's chorus, the Senior choir, the Gospel chorus, the Virginia/Carolina Singers, the Cemetery committee, Scholarship committee, and the Historical Landmark committee.


His leadership ability led him to become president of Buffalo Church School Union, president of the Buffalo Minister's Deacons and Laymen Union, president of Virginia State Usher's Union, trustee of the Bluestone Harmony Association and Ministries, and also a member of the American Legion and Averett Lodge 235.

His loving memories will always be cherished by his devoted caregiving nieces, Jacie Day Roberts, Janet Pines Robinson, Deborah Day, and Charmain Day-Heggie. Other relatives are five nieces, Minnie Sizemore Arnold, Sarah Day Burton, Dorothy Jean Day, Nancy Hannah and Clara Trawick; ten great nieces; seven great-great nieces; one nephew, Clifton Day; a devoted great nephew, Ervin Watkins; 10 great nephews; twelve great- great nephews; the Jamieson and Sizemore cousins; a brother-in-law, David Downey; sisters-in-law, Willia Morton and Sarah Downey; one goddaughter, Kristina Robinson; devoted friends, Floyd Baptist, John Smith, John Holloway, George Preston, Eddie Short, the Hester children, the Gregory children, Anna Wilkerson, and Joyce Townes.

Preceding him in death were his Sizemore and Day siblings.


Services were held Saturday, March 27, at noon at Wharton Memorial Baptist Church Gardens, Nelson.

Services were entrusted to Carter's Funeral Home.

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