Dr. George R. Ramsey went to be with his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 30, 2008, while at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, at the age of 69. The funeral service will be held at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston on Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas, with the Reverend Jim Booth and Reverend Mike Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 1st from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Dr. George R. Ramsey
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home
George was born on June 26, 1938 at Bastrop, Texas and was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Lucille Ramsey. George is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Joye Ramsey of Galveston; son, Mark Ramsey of Dickinson, Tx; daughter, Gayle White and son-in-law Darryl G. White of Harlingen, Tx; six grandchildren, Amanda White, 22; Allison White, 21; Stephen White, 17; Joel White, 14; Timothy Ramsey, 17; Tara Ramsey, 13. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Jo and Fred Gamble of Burnet, Tx and his brother and wife, J.T. and Ann Ramsey of Henderson, Tx.
George Ramsey’s life was marked by many passions—preaching and teaching God’s word, promoting mission endeavors, traveling and spending time with his family, gardening, fishing, and creating beautiful art through stain glass, woodwork, carving, and painting.
After high school, he proudly joined the U. S. Marine Corps and he would always say, “Once a Marine always a Marine! Semper Fi!” He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard Payne University and completed a Master’s degree from Southwestern Seminary. He also earned a Doctorate of Theology from Luther Rice Seminary.
Pastor Ramsey was called to preach at the age of sixteen and pastored Southern Baptist churches throughout Texas and Oklahoma for 43 years. The last 22 years of his ministry were served at University Baptist Church in Galveston where he was named Pastor Emeritus. After retirement in 2003, he and his wife, Joye, joined the Mission Service Corps and also established a non-profit organization called Apples of Gold which represents the ministry of prayer, preaching, missions, and art. Currently, they have been serving and attending Island Community Church in Galveston, Texas. Through his love for missions he helped establish several mission churches and led many groups on numerous mission trips.
Bro. George had a skill and love for creating beautiful artwork from wood. His woodwork was one way that he shared his faith with others and he has been recognized as one of the best woodcarvers in the state of Texas. His work included fine furniture, detailed wildlife carvings, and intricate personalized creations. From an early age, he was a gifted artist in pencil, water color, and oil painting. His passion was to show forth the excellence of Christ through art and his family always looked forward to his creative gifts at Christmas.
Pallbearers will be Stephen White, Joel White, Timothy Ramsey, Andrew LeJeune, Danny Gamble and Craig Gamble.
George will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, and friend to those who knew him.
Memorials can be sent to the International Mission Board (IMB), a mission organization of the Southern Baptist Convention (P.O. Box 6767 Richmond, VA 23230).