George Felton Roden
George Felton Roden, of Galveston, Texas, passed away at his home on September 7th, 2013 after a long, but valiant, battle with cancer. He is survived by wife, Mary Roden, a daughter from his previous marriage, Rachel Baker, son-in-law, Michael Baker, Jr., and granddaughter, Elizabeth Baker. He is also survived by five brothers, Carroll, Russell, Luther, Larry, and Harold, three sisters, Sharlotte, Callie, and Hazel, and their families.
George was born to Carroll and Theresa (“Teecie”) Roden in 1960. He grew up in Groveton, Texas, where he and his many siblings enjoyed the joys and pains of small-town living. He loved to play and watch many sports, especially football. He always said that pink was one of his favorite colors because he ended up playing in a pink football uniform after the coach washed the red varsity team uniforms with the white junior varsity uniforms.
He graduated from high school in 1979, and almost immediately thereafter met his first wife, Tracy Frank. They shared a love of fishing and poker-playing, and in 1982 the couple welcomed their daughter, Rachel, into the world. George grew bored with working in factories, so he signed up to join the United States Army. To hear Tracy tell the story, his decision to join was made practically on a whim, but they both agreed that it was one of the best decisions George ever made. He loved traveling and valued the opportunity he was given to see different parts of his nation and even foreign soil, as he was stationed in Georgia, Germany, and Louisiana in the six years he served.
Once George’s term of service ended, he transitioned well into civilian life and moved close to home. He took a job at Lufkin Industries and made many lifelong friends during his time there. He also gained some valuable management skills when he was promoted to supervisor soon after he began work there, skills he would put to good use later in life. His marriage to Tracy ended in 2000, and he married Mary Coyle in 2002.
George and Mary moved to Galveston, Texas, and their home became one of the favored vacation destinations for their families. They held a lot of shrimp and crab boils, and spent many a night fishing and enjoying life on the island. George worked in hotel maintenance for several resorts around Galveston Island, and over the years he gained a devoted and loyal following of satisfied customers, who were impressed with his willingness to respond to any emergency, any time. That loyal customer base allowed him to begin his own home repair business, Bay-2-Beach Home Maintenance and Repair.
George’s business had really started to take off when he was diagnosed with adrenocortical carcinoma in 2011. He had first faced this cancer back in 2004, when he’d had a surgery to remove a mass. After seven years in remission, the diagnosis was quite a blow—but George was determined to fight. George’s doctors were continually surprised and awed by his dedication and resolve, and his hope. His family will always be proud of how hard he fought and of his success in holding an aggressive and devastating cancer at bay for almost two years. He did not fight alone—the family would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the friends and family who showed so much love and support while George was sick.
Though he was only on this earth for fifty-two years, there is no doubt that George’s life touched many other lives and that he did a lot of good in the time he was here. A service to honor his memory will be held at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City, TX, on Saturday, September 14, 2013. In lieu of flowers, gifts to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are appreciated. Donations can be made at www.mdanderson.org/gifts.
The family will receive visitors Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 from 10-11am with Memorial Services to honor George's memory to follow at 11am at Carnes Funeral Home - Texas City, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX 77591, 409-986-9900.