Arthur Lee George was born on February 7, 1939 in Jacksonville, FL to Laverne Frazier and Robert Mills. He was raised in a loving home with his mother, stepfather, Dave Frazier and his siblings Alice, Elnora, Mary, and Dave Jr. (who all preceded him in death) and his youngest sister, Martha. He attended public schools in Duval County and when he was just seventeen years old, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country for six years. After traveling to duty stations across the world as a paratrooper, making thirty-nine jumps, he returned to Jacksonville where he met and married the love of his life, Ruby Moore. Together they reared five children who gave them nine beautiful grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In the early seventies, Arthur founded G & M Masonry Contractors, a successful concrete and masonry business with his brothers Earl Mills, Horace Mills, and Robert Mills, who all preceded him in death. Many monuments to their excellent tradesmanship exist all around North Florida and his reputation as an excellent skilled craftsman will live on for many years- his most proud project the home he built for his wife and family. Arthur not only worked hard his whole life, he played hard as well, most notably on the quarter-mile racetracks of Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Daytona where he drove his Chevy Camaro in countless races over the years. The 598 cubic inches of power could be heard across the neighborhood when he revved up the engine to work on his car in preparation for the hobby and passion that he enjoyed up until his last days.
Arthur leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Ruby Moore George, his dear sisters, Mercedes Washington, Donna Thomas, and Martha Frazier Lattimore, two sisters-in-law, Laura McDuffie and Louise Moore, his sons, Mark Ansley (Katherine) and Vernon Barry George (Rhonda) and three daughters, Kaye George Hill (Louis), Joynelle Parker-Smith (Ronnye), and Cindy George Gentry (James).
Arthur was known as Papa to his nine grandchildren, Morgan Brittany Peterson (Antonio), Alexis Ansley Benjamin (Gregory), Adrianne Ansley, Kaitlyn Hill, Asa Gentry, Aja Gentry, Dylan Hill, Madisen Brooke Smith, and Zachary Ansley, and three great-grandsons, Major Lee Peterson, Carter Louis Huffman, and Matisse Miles True Huffman. Arthur also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Arthur, also known as Big Cree, Big Apple, Botley, and Junior, will be missed by the whole Sweetwater community, his family, and friends.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 264-1233.
At Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home we will follow all CDC and Florida Department of Health social distances guidelines: Masks will be required and no more than 50 family members and friends may be present in the funeral home at any time.
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