George L. Dinwiddie Jr., 85, of Knoxville, TN, passed away
peacefully at his home on July 3, 2010, after an extended
His strong will and courage helped him to face the reality
of his condition and confinement. He is now with God and
in the company of Martha, his beloved wife of forty years.
George grew up when times were very hard. His father and
mother instilled in him a work ethic that he passed down
to his family. He was a very generous person who wanted
his family to have the things that he couldn't as a child.
He demanded much from those around him and although quick
to criticize, he was also quick to praise. He came to find
great comfort with his beloved Church of the Ascension and
was a fixture there for many years. He truly loved watching
the church grow and took a personal interest in seeing that
his children were raised there.
George was born on July 27, 1924, in Paris, TN. He was
drum major in the Henry County High School Band. George's
dream to graduate from the University of Tennessee was
interrupted as he was drafted into the Army Air Corp.
George served in Europe during WWII as a Sergeant on a
40mm anti-aircraft battalion attached to the 4th, 8th and
9th Air Forces. Their mission was to protect air bases in
Belgium, as US Forces fought the German Army in the Battle
of the Bulge.
After serving his country, George returned to Knoxville to
finish his education at the University of Tennessee. There
he served as the Drum Major for the Pride of the Southland
Marching Band for three years. His love for music followed
him all his life, including leading the Alumni 'Over The
Hill' Band at Tennessee homecoming games for over 35
After college George went to work for his father-in-law,
J. Harry Brown, at Kern's Bakery. In 1958 he founded
Dinwiddie Distributing Company, a wholesale company
selling Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. George's business grew
rapidly as he acquired many brands over the years, including
Coors and Heineken.
George and Martha loved their friends and the great times
they had at Deane Hill Country Club and Cherokee Country
Club singing and dancing the night away. On countless
occasions, George performed his soft shoe routine, and
sang his favorite song 'I Wish you Love' at many weddings.
George's true passion was golf. He loved his Wednesday and
Friday golf games, and especially the group of friends he
played with. George's stories of great golf games and of
the special 'Cherokee Characters' were legendary.
George is preceded in death by his parents, George and
Maggie Ray Dinwiddie, of Paris TN; and his sister, Margaret
Perry, of Paris, TN.
He is survived by his three children: son, Harry Brown
Dinwiddie and wife Karen, grandson, Harry Brown Dinwiddie
Jr. and wife Jennifer, great-grandchildren, Holden Carmelo
Dinwiddie and Jack Francis Dinwiddie of Mount Pleasant,
NC; daughter, Martha Elizabeth Dinwiddie and grandson,
Thad Dinwiddie Williams of Knoxville, TN; and son, George L.
Dinwiddie III, and wife Anita Cristil Dinwiddie, grand-
children, Anna Cristil Dinwiddie and Martha Overton
Dinwiddie, of Knoxville, TN.
The family wishes to thank all his friends who came to
visit him, and the staff and residents at Manor House
Assisted Living. Also, a special thanks to his sitter
A celebration of George's life will be held 3 p.m., Tuesday,
July 6, 2010, at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
with Reverend Dr. Howard J. Hess officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service in
the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to The Episcopal
Church of the Ascension, 800 Northshore Drive, Knoxville,
TN 37919, or The University of Tennessee Band Scholarship
Fund, 1914 Andy Holt Ave., Room 214, Knoxville, TN
Online condolences may be sent to
Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from July 4 to July 6,
2010, with photo for a limited time
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