George Thomas Sherrill ’44

George Thomas Sherrill, 98, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Born September 8, 1923, in Mooresville, NC, he was a son of the late Troy Lee and Dessie Reed Sherrill. His siblings were Pauline Ingle and Marshall Sherrill.

George graduated from Mooresville High School in 1940 and then attended Davidson College. When WWII came along, he left college to join the Naval Air Corp. He became a pilot in service of his country until honorably discharged in 1945. Following his military service, he was employed by Duke Power in Mooresville, NC. In 1947, he was transferred to Greenville, SC as Duke’s territory claims agent until his retirement in 1982. Following retirement, George volunteered his time delivering Meals on Wheels. He also volunteered to serve as an independent arbitrator to settle disputes between businesses and their customers under the Better Business Bureau National Consumer Arbitration Program.

On September 14, 1946, George married the love of his life, Ethel Mayes. They recently celebrated 75 years of marriage. George is also survived by his son, Stephen Sherrill of Greenville; daughter, Nancy Coster and her husband Steve Barbrey of Greer; granddaughter, Kristen Coster; and his great-grandson, Easton, both of Greer.

George was a member of the Greenville Lions Club and the American Legion for 76 years holding various committee and chairman positions.

George was instrumental in the origination of St. Matthew United Methodist Church of which he and Ethel are charter and devoted members since 1955. George was the 1st chairman of finance for St. Matthew. He also held various other positions including President of his Sunday School class.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to those at Open Arms Hospice for their care and support keeping George comfortable at home until his passing.

A visitation will be held Friday, December 10, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at St. Matthew United Methodist Church. The service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Entombment will be private.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Beyond Campaign, 701 Cleveland St., Greenville, SC 29601, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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