Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

Brother George


What do you call it when a Baptist preacher dies and his funeral is in the Christian Church with the Assembly of God preacher officiating?

A Small Town World!

George Boston was born in Texas, but grew up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. (Made me wonder if he knew the Pioneer Woman? Or her family?)

Brother George has been a C-Town Icon since 1964, when he moved his family here from Wichita, Kansas. Few people have lived here very long before meeting, or at least hearing about, Brother George . . . in one way or another.

When Dan Eaton, the Assembly of God minister in C-Town, first came to town as a young preacher, Brother George gave him some advice. “Keep your mouth shut. Love the people of C-Town, and preach Jesus.

Dan took his advice and has been allowed to remain in C-Town for many years. 🙂

When Brother George was younger, he played softball, and one day had a disagreement with an ump. He argued, the ump argued, and finally getting ready to give George the boot from the game, the ump asked his name.

Without blinking an eye George answered, “Tom Moll, preacher at the First Christian Church.”

In the past several years, Dan and George have had the same heart doctor. They often passed each other at the doctor’s office and the hospital.

George told Dan, “I think he’s keeping us alive because he needs the money to put his kids through school.”

Not too long ago, they ran into each other. George said, “Bad new, Dan. The doc’s last kid graduated.”

Brother George made a bargain with Dan. The first one to die, the other would preacher his funeral. Dan said, “Brother George won.”

George’s son, Bob, died several years ago. His younger sister was given custody of his ashes, and kept them on a shelf in her closet.  The family planned to bury Bob’s ashes with George when he died.

George passed at 3:48 the morning of the 13th with his family all around him. When he died, his son-in-law, Robert, said, “George must have had a 4 am tee off time with Bob.”

Bev, George’s daughter said, “I guess Bob can come out of the closet now.”

I didn’t know George well, but I’ve seen the result of his life. Amazing numbers of souls have found Jesus because George lived for Him. He has a beautiful legacy in his daughter, Bev, who has a love for Christ that just shines.

Yesterday was Brother George Boston’s funeral. The man will be sorely missed! I wonder if the service was taped? It was a beautiful celebration of his life–and his Life in Christ.


Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

3 thoughts on “Brother George

  1. What a beautiful, poignant memorial to a fine, Godly man. Your way with words is enviable!

I'm so glad you dropped by my Small Town World! Hope you'll leave a comment. I really enjoy hearing from you!

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