Dedicated to the Preservation of the
U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
George Oakie Hambrick, Lt. Colonel USAF (Retired)January 28, 1920 – September 02, 2013
Lt. Col. (Retired) George Oakie Hambrick, 93, of Temple, died peacefully in his home on Monday, September 2, 2013.
He was born in Sayre, OK. on January 28, 1920 to the late Joe and Gertrude Hambrick. He married Maryan Clancy of Carter, OK. on June 26, 1943. George joined the Air Force in 1940 and received his pilot’s wings on his wedding day. He served in WW II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In 1952 he co-piloted one of the first two helicopters over the Atlantic Ocean, making history during the Trans-Atlantic flight.
George retired from the Air Force in 1970 and he and his wife settled at Lake O’ the Pines in east Texas until their move to Temple 10 years ago. George and Maryan were very active as volunteers in various nursing homes in the Temple area. He was also a member of Oak Park United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and son Patrick Hambrick. He is survived by his wife of 70 years. Maryan; daughter Suzi Jones and husband Al of Temple; son Mike Hambrick and wife Miriam of Miami, FL.; cousins, Margaret Howard of Oklahoma City, OK. and Odell Fanning of Spearman, TX.; grandchildren, Glynn Henderson of Temple, Julie Hambrick Bates of Cedar Park, TX. P. J. Hambrick of Alexandria, VA., and Ross and Brandi Hambrick of Atlanta, GA.; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Temple Garden of Memories Cemetery, 1801 Old Hwy 81, Temple. Johnny Miller of Oak Park United Methodist Church will be officiating. Services have been entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home. In lieu of a visitation, there will be a Celebration of Life gathering at the Hambrick home after the service.
The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Oak Park United Methodist Church.
~ GUEST BOOK ~
Saturday, September 07, 2013I feel so lucky to have met and known George. May he Rest in Peace.~Susanne Ong
Wednesday, September 04, 2013I am so glad i met George and his family, he always had a smile on his face, he will truly be missed. Rest in Peace George~Helen Flores, Temple, Texas
Wednesday, September 04, 2013I am finding this out for the first time today. We did not know. I am so sorry, he was such a wonderful person to know. Love you Mary ~Ann, Ginger and Dale Scarborough
Wednesday, September 04, 2013What an extraordinary man George was! I feel so privileged to have known and loved him. His job here is complete. He will be sorely missed, but all of our fondest memories will keep his spirit alive. Job well done! RIP George!~Lili Bavister, New Orleans, Louisiana
Wednesday, September 04, 2013Heaven had a great man arrive. So kind, gentle and loved everyone. Wish we could have seen more of you. Love you, Rae and Bill~Rae Henson, Lampasas, Texas
Wednesday, September 04, 2013One of the sweetest and kindest man I’ve ever known, walk the streets of gold my friend…~Amanda and Carson Marlow, Temple, Texas
Wednesday, September 04, 2013Hey daddy, I hope the flight up was good and you encountered no turbulence! We’ll be having a beer for you Saturday, don’t worry. I love you and miss you badly. Dep Dau~Suzi Jones, Temple, Texas