December 21, 1927 - January 7, 2018
George W. McManaway Jr., 90, of Aiken SC, passed away peacefully on January 7th, 2018 after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer's. He was born on December 21st, 1927 to George and Gertrude McManaway in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, NC. His early years were spent there and in nearby Weaverville where he and his younger brother David had many colorful adventures. He graduated from Lee Edward High School in 1946 and joined the Naval Air Force.
After leaving the service, he married Patsy Curtis from Candler. They immediately left for North Carolina State where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1950 and a master's degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1951. While at NC State they made many lifelong friends. During George's junior year, they had their son, Mike. After graduation, George was hired by I.E. Dupont to work at the Savannah River Plant near Aiken, SC and was sent to Park Forest, Illinois where he received further training at Argonne National Laboratory for 18 months. In 1955, their daughter Vicki was born to complete the family.
George retired from Dupont in 1986 and started his own consulting business, continuing to work part-time at the same job until 1992. At that time, they moved to a house he built himself on Lake Murray near Columbia, SC and lived there for the next sixteen years until moving to a retirement community in Charlotte, NC to be near their daughter, Vicki and her family.
George enjoyed traveling, reading, photography, boating and gardening. He and Patsy traveled to most of the 50 United States, drove the trans Canadian highway and into Alaska, visited many of the national parks, and traveled to over 60 countries. They took each of their four grandchildren on a trip of their choice to anywhere in the world they would like to visit. They also hosted many people from other countries through Friendship Force and Seniors Abroad. The lake house was well known to many friends and family who spent time there. George and Patsy hosted family reunions for close to 20 years with up to 70 people coming for all or part of a long weekend. They also loved hosting church groups and George patiently taught about 100 young people how to ski throughout his life.
In his free time George was busy volunteering in the church and community. He was a certified lay speaker with the United Methodist Church and worked with youth. He and Patsy were very active in the Aiken Habitat for Humanity and spent extended time several winters in Homestead, Florida rebuilding after the hurricane. The Adult Development Center in Aiken recognized him for his many years of service there. He also was a regular blood donor for the American Red Cross.
George will be remembered as a loyal husband, devoted father and grandfather, and faithful friend. He was a brilliant man with a great sense of humor. He was generous with his time, talents, and treasures. Even in his last years of Atlzheimer's disease when most words failed him, his friendly nature continued to show as he often said, "I like you," to both family and caregivers. He will be greatly missed.
George was predeceased by son, Mike; and wife, Patsy. He is survived by his daughter, Vicki and husband, Jimmy; granddaughter, Hannah Walters and husband, Daniel; granddaughter, Bethany Collier and husband, Caleb; grandson, Nathan, and wife, Holly; and grandson, Peter. He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren: Deacon Walters, Shepherd Walters, Glory Walters, Ora Mercy Collier, and Jubilee Collier.
A memorial will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at Nazareth United Methodist Church in Leesville, SC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, or Nazareth United Methodist Church in Leesville, SC.