LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Murphy George has spent a lifetime serving his community. Thursday night East Texans paused to recognize his great works. He is this year's recipient of the 2008 Angelina Award which is recognized as the community's highest honor.
The honor is bestowed on an individual who has displayed a lifetime of community service. Murphy George is that person. He has spent countless hours helping to raise money for community projects and groups, building programs and establishing facilities for organizations like The Boys and Girls Club, and Women's Shelter of East Texas.
The Angelina Award is not the first to celebrate George's many accomplishments, it is one of the most significant.
Temple Inland Group Vice President, Jack Sweeney introduced George by saying, "Tonight we will honor an individual for 50 years of service to our area. He moved here in 1958 along with his wife (Bettye) and together they touched the lives of everyone in this room." Sweeney went on to list local businessmen and fellow community servants like Arthur Temple, Ward Burke, Clifford Grum, Rufus Duncan, Joe Denman, Bubba Shands and George Henderson as examples of the quality of George's closest friends and the bond they shared, "Giving more than they took and leaving their footprints on East Texas so all of us could follow."
In accepting the award, George told the capacity crowd at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center that we have a responsibility to service our community, not for recognition or awards, but because it's a privilege to do so.
George has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Texas Chamber of Commerce, special recognition from the United States Congress for his work in helping others, the "Service Above Self Award" from Rotary International, appointed to the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse by then Governor George Bush, and most recently involved in establishing women shelters in both Lufkin and Nacogdoches.
George has also been a board member of Memorial Health System of East Texas, chairman of the Burke Center, President of Buckner Family Place, founder and past president of Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas, board member of the Area 7 Special Olympics, Museum of East Texas, Lufkin Economic Development partnership and appointed to the Texas Department of Commerce by then Governor Ann Richards.