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George Cornelius Gresham was born in Sacul, Texas to J.D. and Mary Ether Gresham on May 13, 1928 and died December 13, 2016.  George was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Thomas, Jack and Nelson Gresham, and sons-in-law Scott E. Bouyear and Jerry G. Corner. George is survived by his wife of 63 years Doris "Lu" Gresham; daughters Lola B. Grant and  husband Phil of Pearland, and Renate J. Corner and husband Robert L. Gilliam of Huntsville; grandchildren Jerry (J.D.) Corner of Huntsville, Laura Jones and husband Mark and Christin Grant of Houston; Anthony Gilliam and wife Mariecris, Terry Richey and wife Bree, Ryan Gilliam and wife Christine of California; brother Weldon Gresham of Tyler, sister Jean Greenwood of Cushing; great gradson Jerry G. Corner; plus seven great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews in Texas, Kentucky, Ohio and California.
 George spent a total of 21 years in military service including 2 years in the Navy and 19 years in the Army, retiring from active duty in 1967.
After retiring, George and Lu moved to Huntsville and established Gresham Dental Laboratory, which served Huntsville area dentists for 25 years.
After he closed the doors of the Dental Laboratory and retired a second time, George started a third career as a volunteer. He volunteered at the SAAFE house, drove disabled veterans to the VA hospital and worked in the Genealogy Room of the Huntsville Public Library. He also volunteered at the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas from its inception until October 2016. His favorite duty was to engage with school children visiting the museum and share his knowledge of the U.S. Military with them.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum.
On Saturday, December 17, 2016 the family will receive friends at 9:00 AM with the funeral services and Masonic Rites by Forrest Lodge #19 A. F. & A. M. following at 10:00 AM in the chapel at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas. Interment with Military Honors will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at McKnight Cemetery in Cushing, Texas.
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on December 14, 2016
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