George E. DeVore

CORTLAND – George Edwin DeVore, 79, passed into Heaven after a brief illness on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, surrounded by his wife and family.

George was born Jan. 26, 1935, in West Virginia, the son of Ralph and Marjorie Moore DeVore.

He married Bernice Evelyn McGaffick on April 11, 1953.

He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Korean War.

George was a minister of the Gospel for 43 years, serving as youth and senior pastor of churches in Ohio and Indiana.

While serving as youth pastors at the First Christian Assembly in Liberty, a weekly teenage group was formed called the A.C.T.S. (Active Christian Teen Session). Out of this group came the vocal musical group THE ACTS, which traveled and recorded extensively throughout the United States.

George also was the principal of a Christian school in Louisiana. He and his wife also spent time in Haiti as missionaries. George also worked in the trucking industry for several years.

George is survived by his wife, Bernice, and their three children, Kenneth (Tonya Greene) DeVore of North Carolina, Gina (Dale) Larrison of Champion and Lynne (Kevin) Crouch of Garrettsville. George has nine grandchildren, seven grandchildren-in-laws and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Garrettsville Church of God, 12888 state Route 88, Garrettsville, OH 44231 for family and friends and for those who wish to call.

Services are being managed by the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.

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