George P. Prill
George Peter Christian Prill, of Pinehurst, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at his home in Pinewild, after a long battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Southern Pines.
George was born Oct. 20, 1934, in New Jersey, to the late George and Johanna Prill. After graduating from high school, he earned a degree in economics from Wagner Lutheran College, in Staten Island, N.Y. He was a proud member of the Wagner College Seahawks football team. Following graduation from college, he served his country in the Army and was stationed in Korea. Upon his return, George married his college sweetheart, Adele Wessels. In July, they celebrated their 53rd year of marriage. While starting his work career, he completed his MBA at New York University.
George’s 35-year career began with the Bell System and included many fulfilling opportunities with Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. He and Adele raised their family and lived in New Jersey, North Carolina, Indiana and Illinois. His last career assignment included travel to Saudi Arabia to direct and lead their national cellular and wireless system installation.
George’s life is reflected in the many ways he touched people and served in the community through volunteer work at, among others, Habitat for Humanity and Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed a deep passion and appreciation for the outdoors, fishing, boating and golf, and an endless energy to serve God. He served on many church boards and in recent years had held several positions, including church board president at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Southern Pines.
George’s legacy of faith, strength and love will be carried on by his wife, Adele; daughters, Nancy Pratt and Jeanne Merry; sons-in-law, Robert (Bob) Pratt and Mark Merry; and grandchildren, Julianna and Jennifer Merry, and Christian Pratt. George’s life is also celebrated by his sister-in-law, Joan Wessels; nephews, Rob (Townes) Wessels, Roger (Dukeanna) Wessels and Chris Wessels; and niece, Susan (Jimmy) Rogers. He is also survived by cousins, other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Wessels.
Memorials may be made to International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF), 3932D Swift Road, Sarasota, FL 34231; or Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1517 Luther Way, Southern Pines, NC 28387. Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is assisting the family.