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George Ernest Mowbray Jr.

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George Ernest Mowbray Jr.

George Ernest Mowbray Jr., 92, ascended from this earth to join the love of his life, Thelma, on June 22, 2019. George and Thelma were married for 72 years, and their life together was a true love story. After her death on March 17, 2019 his heart was broken. 

George was born in Richmond on April 18, 1927. He was the son of George E. Mowbray and Annie Mae Clements Mowbray. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1944. Soon after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served his country proudly during World War II. Upon his discharge following the end of the war, he married his beautiful gal, Thelma Wyker. George and Thelma settled in Glen Allen in 1953 with their young family and lived there happily until 1978 when they relocated to Deltaville. 

George was from a family of builders and painting contractors. At an early age, he left the family business and established a new company, George E. Mowbray Jr. Paint and Wallpaper Company. He was a talented businessman and his company grew. He opened a retail paint and wallpaper store in the Cary Court Shopping Center, and in the mid-1960s he bought property at 1324 North Boulevard, creating a successful paint and wallpaper showroom and warehouse for his contracting business. George was an active member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. He served several positions as an officer, including being President of the Richmond Chapter, Capital District Council and Middle Atlantic Conference. 

In keeping with the family traditions of his father, uncle and brother, he was a member of Masonic organizations from an early age. George was a member of Westhampton Lodge No. 302, A.F. & A.M. in Richmond and Donovan Lodge No. 75, A.F. & A.M. in Deltaville, where he received his 50-year pin. He was also a member of Richmond Scottish Rite Bodies, Richmond-Washington Royal Arch Chapter No. 3-9, Richmond Commandery No. 2 Knights Templar and ACCA Temple Shrine. George was a former member of Biltmore Baptist Church in Glen Allen where he actively served on many committees including the Board of Deacons. George was most recently a member of Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville. He was also an active member in the White Point Cove Civic Association. 

George will be forever cherished by his children, Christina Mowbray Harris (Al), George E. “Ernie” Mowbray III (Pamela) and Cornelia “Corrie” Mowbray Waugh. Eight grandchildren lovingly called him “Granddaddy,” Kelly M. Harris (Teresa), Andrew C. Harris (Ashton), Carrie Shiva M. Tigunait (Ishan), Whitney M. Cuthrell (Jason), G. Reid Mowbray, Joseph P. Law III (Heidi), P. David Zabrosky (Nicole) and Nicole Waugh Munden (Tyler). He was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren, Virginia and Will Harris, Jayanti Tigunait, Sadie and Drake Law, and Elliott, Luke and Emmett Zabrosky. He is also survived by a dear brother-in-law, Franklin D. “Buddy” Wyker (Bobbie) of Urbanna, and will be remembered by generations of cousins, nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by two brothers, Perry D. Mowbray Sr. and Owen K. Mowbray; a sister, Elsie Mowbray Fusco; and a son-in-law, Richard J. Waugh. 

Anyone who met George Mowbray would always remember the occasion. He was known for his unfiltered conversations, advice and “constructive opinions!” George was very knowledgeable in many aspects of business, nature, creativity and life in general. He loved animals, especially dogs. He loved to fish especially with our Mom on their boat appropriately named “Love Boat.” George’s passion was working. He had to be busy all of the time. He also enjoyed old Western movies and TV shows. He loved for the family to get together for holidays and special events. George was a generous man, a devoted husband and a proud father. Everyone would agree that “you always knew where you stood” after having a conversation with our Daddy! 

The family would like to express their love and gratitude to Commonwealth Senior Living/Memory Care—The West End and Community Care Hospice. Every staff member made the last month of our father’s life comfortable, safe and loving. We would not have survived without their knowledge and compassion. 

The family received friends Wednesday, June 26, at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Richmond. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Richmond. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that caring donations be made to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org or Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn.: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607; the Richmond SPCA, 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220; or Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043.

posted 06.26.2019

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