|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1918|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 4, 2002|
Son of Robert Alphin and Mary Summerlin Alphin.
Husband of Sara Annabelle Alphin.
Father of Robert T. Barrett.
The depression prompted George to Join the Merchant Marines in his teens to help support his family. Just as he was to be named captain of his own vessel, he was drafted by the U. S. Army and served honorably throughout World War II. He was trained as a Radio Operator and also served as the company bugler.
After the war, he stayed state side and trained as an electrician at Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. Hired by Dupont after certification, he worked for them until his retirement in 1979
Like many members of his generation, Word War II imbued George with a keen sense of patriotism and a need to be of service to others. Likewise, his character was molded by the hard times of the Depression, and the death of his father and a sister in a fire in the 30's.
This was reflected at work in his many safety suggestions and he won more than two dozen awards from Dupont during his career. It caused him to devote much of his spare time to fighting fires and saving lives through service first at Wilmington Manor Fire Company and then Mill Creek Fire Company where he died as a Life Member, past Captain of the Ambulance Crew, the drafter of the first set of regulations for ambulances in Delaware and a Member of the State Fire Board for more than a decade. After retirement to Fenwick, Island, DE he served that community for 8 years as Director of Emergency Preparedness, participating in many state and regional Conferences. His last years were spent away from the winter cold at Leisure Time Trailer Park in Bonita Springs, Fl, his summers being spent with family in Minnesota and Delaware.
George was also a master mason and member of Lafayette Lodge # 14 of Wilmington and of Eastern Star 5 Points Chapter # 13.
The need for reflection and tranquility during his later years caused him to take up water coloring, mostly seascapes and sail boats, and his work was recognized in a number of local competitions.
Sara A. Alphin (1918 - 2000)
Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
New Castle County
Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: Nov 18, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16691003
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