Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Akins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. Glenn Coram officiating. Vocals will be performed by Martha Ligon.
Burial will follow at Metropolis Memorial Gardens with full military rites conducted. Pallbearers will be Ricky Throgmorton, Mark Lynn, Mark Campbell, Ray Ligon, Jerry Mizell and Jeffrey Bess.
Born on Nov. 20, 1923 in Joppa to George and Nora Lukens, George attended grade school and high school in Joppa and Murray State University.
He entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 25, 1943, attended paratrooper school in Fort Benning, Georgia and was discharged on Feb. 7, 1946.
George married Juanita June Walter on Feb. 23, 1946. Born to this union were two daughters, Beverly June and Beth Ann.
George was baptized in the Immanuel Baptist Church in Metropolis and taught youth Sunday school.
He was employed by Frank Farmer Chevrolet in Metropolis and retired from Electric Energy Inc. (EEI) of Joppa.
He also served as a City of Metropolis alderman of Ward Four for six years.
George played baseball as a catcher for EEI as well as for Searles and Bormann.
He especially enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball team and attended as many games in St. Louis as possible.
Of his many loves, George enjoyed refereeing high school basketball games, coaching the Immanuel Baptist Church youth baseball team, Khoury League baseball, playing golf, gardening, hunting and gospel music.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Lukens; two daughters Beverly Lukens Bess and husband Rudy of Hazelwood, Missouri and Beth Lukens Lynn and husband Mark of Lenexa, Kansas; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Bess of St. Peters, Missouri and Meagan Lynn Campbell and husband Mark of Overland Park, Kansas; one great-granddaughter Andrea Jumper of St Louis, Missouri; and two nephews Ricky Throgmorton and wife Phyllis and Ronnie Summers and wife Becky, all of Metropolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Nora Lukens; one brother, Shelby Taylor; three sisters, Pauline Taylor Sutfin, Anna Lukens Lauderdale and Iva Lukens Tubbs; and two nieces, Joyce Ann Lauderdale Searles and Shelba Jean Lauderdale Morris.
Visitation will be held from noon until the funeral hour at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.