|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1915|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 2008|
Mr. George Phillip Speaker, age 93, of Crockett, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2008 in the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett. Mr. Speaker was born January 21, 1915 in Galveston, Texas to Frederick and Alice Speaker the fifth son of seven children. Mr. Speaker served in HQ 3rd Battalion, 349th Infantry of the U.S. Army during WW II from Oct. 12, 1942 to Oct. 23, 1945 as a jeep driver. Mr. Speaker served in the Rome-Arno, North Appennies and Po Valley campaigns as a jeep driver. This was a very dangerous job during WW II. Fortunately, George was never wounded. Mr. Speaker saw Mussolini hanging in the square in Rome, Italy.
Mr. Speaker was extremely proud to be an American and that he had served his country in her time of need. He was very patriotic. Mr. Speaker often talked of things that happened or things that he had witnessed during the war.
Everyone always enjoyed hearing his interesting stories.
Mr. Speaker grew up in Hitchcock, TX and became fluent in Italian. At that time Hitchcock was populated by many recent Italian immigrants and their children. The parents of his friends were learning English but the children picked it up rapidly.
Mr. Speaker quickly learned German while serving in the Army. He was captured once by German soldiers and held overnight. He was asked why he was not fighting for Germany since Speaker is a German name. He told them that he was an American and that he was fighting for his country. His grandfather had come to Texas as a young boy of 14 and he had been very proud to be an American.
The German soldiers told him that since he was a jeep driver and was not shooting at them that they had no quarrel with him. They released him the next day.
Mr. Speaker married Louise Tolbert on Nov. 28, 1945 in Galveston County, Texas and he worked for the Hitchcock ISD in Hitchcock, TX from about 1955 until his retirement in about 1977. The last six years he had been a resident at the Houston County Nursing Home where he truly was treated like a King.
Survivors include his wife Louise Tolbert Speaker, of Crockett; children Alice and Derry Jones, of Crockett, George Wesley Speaker, of Houston, Tina Hulsey, of Santa Fe; grandchildren Bobby Wayne Hulsey, Kari Hulsey, both of Santa Fe and Allison Alvarez, of Pearland; great-grandson Adrian Wesley Alvarez; numerous nieces and nephews, mostly in Houston County and Galveston County; in-laws: Marie and James Driskell, Anna and Harold McKenzie, James Blakeley, Carolyn and John Level, Ruby and Billy Sexton, all of Lovelady.
Preceded in death by his son John Ray Speaker of Houston; brothers; sister and his in-laws Claude and Helen Blakeley of Lovelady.
Funeral Services for Mr. George Phillip Speaker were held Monday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating.
Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
Frederick Speaker (1876 - 1929)
Alice Meyer Speaker (1887 - 1969)
John Ray Speaker (1963 - 1997)*
William Fulkerson Speaker (1906 - 1950)*
Theodore Julius Speaker (1908 - 1984)*
Louis Speaker (1910 - 1993)*
Frederick Philllip Speaker (1912 - 1993)*
George Phillip Speaker (1915 - 2008)
Herman Speaker (1918 - 1978)*
Millie Marie Speaker Mayeux (1927 - 1947)*
Maintained by: Alice Jones
Originally Created by: EastTexan
Record added: Dec 07, 2008
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