As George’s editor (and daughter), I know his story inside and out. However, I could not improve on this tribute written by my brother, George Addison Field, III. Thank you, Chip!
George Addison Field, Jr., beloved by all who knew him, died peacefully at home on June 2, 2016. He was born in Austin, Texas on January 24, 1925. After a short time in Lubbock, most of his precollege years were spent in San Antonio, where he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and fell in love with his cherished wife of 69 years, Charlotte Elizabeth Sawtelle Field, a San Antonio native. After high school George attended Texas A&M University for two years before volunteering for military service. He served as a United States Naval Officer in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He retired from active service in1945 and returned to marry his sweetheart, Charlotte, who had waited for him during his two year deployment. George and Charlotte lived in Austin, San Antonio, Uvalde, and then moved to the Dallas area in 1956.
George’s life on this earth was eventful, to say the least. He earned his solo pilot license at the age of fourteen. He was the originator of the “mini-warehouse” concept, building the first one in America in Garland, Texas in the early 1960’s. He was inspired to choose the name based on a popular piece of clothing at the time, the “miniskirt”.
George was a cattle rancher most of his life. His love and deep knowledge of Texas history was shared with many in the well-attended classes he taught. A noted Bible scholar and teacher for 36 years, he was also a Methodist lay preacher for many of those years traveling far and wide across north Texas serving many congregations.
George’s interest in genealogy led him to the discovery that his GGG-grandfather and his GG-Grandfather both served in Virginia’s House of Burgesses prior to the American Revolution, signing documents along with George Washington, Thomas ]Jefferson and Patrick Henry which documents are preserved at the Rockefeller Library in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Courage, tenacity, and honesty were three of George’s key character traits. But his highest calling was to serve his Lord, Jesus Christ. He was devoted to his Lord and did everything he could to pattern his life accordingly. Generous to a fault, he never met a stranger and everyone he did meet soon loved him and called him friend, because they-each quickly knew that he had loved them first.
Cherishing his memory and looking forward to seeing him again in heaven are his beloved wife, his three children (Chip Field and his wife Pamela, Tom Field and his wife Pam, and Susan Jackson and her husband Bruce), twelve grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.