George Townsend Singley, Jr.

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“Hello I recently learned of Mr. Singley's passing, and wanted to express my deepest condolences. My name is Mark Singley, son of Willard Jr.,...Read More »
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“Words cannot express how blessed I am to have had a Pop-Pop like mine for the past 20 years of my life. Although no amount of time would ever feel...Read More »
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“For the past 64 years I have had you in my life to guide me, love me unconditionally, and hold my hand through the good and bad times. I could not...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Deborah Singley Brown - Poquoson, VA

“I was saddened to learn of Mr. Singley's death. Mr. Singley was a great father and husband. It was an honor to have known him and his family. ”
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6 of 18 | Posted by: N Ray Lee - Williamsburg, VA

“As I transition into my adulthood and professional life over these next few years, I couldn't possibly ask for a better role model to follow. He was...Read More »
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“You had a wonderful life George with a great family to take care of you during your final days. You were a great leader and I know that first hand...Read More »
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“Sorry for the loss of your dear father. In reading his obituary, it is evident that he had a wonderful long life with a large and loving family and...Read More »
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“George was an outstading leader at AVLABS, and I was proud to serve with him until his retirement. Many years later, I again was reaquaintes with...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: John Shostak - Williamsburg, VA

“Our sympathy to all the Singley family on the loss of George Jr. He was our friend and colleague for many years at AVLABS and subsequent...Read More »
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“George was the best boss I had in 26 years in the US Army. He gave me tough assignments, allowed me maximum freedom to accomplish them, and was there...Read More »
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“We wish to express to the Singley family our sincerest sympathy. We have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. and Mrs. Singley for the past 23 years we...Read More »
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“I will miss my great grandfather very much. I have told many of my friends of how he fought in ww2. They were amazed. But after reading his obituary...Read More »
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“George was one the nicest kindest person that I have known. From my first days at Trecom in 1965 on the OV-10 evauation the respect that he had...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Gordon Galow - Wiliamsburg, VA

“God Bless Uncle George. When they talk about the greatest generation they are talking about men like him. My prayers to Aunt Gene and all of the...Read More »
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“I will miss Big Daddy, one of the nicest gentlemen I ever had a chance to meet and work with. ”
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George Townsend Singley Jr. (LTC US Army – Retired), devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, following a long illness.

He was born October 14, 1922 in Wilmington, Delaware, to the late George T. and Elizabeth Enright Singley. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Singley. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Gene; their son and his wife, George T. Singley III and Maxine of Fairfax Station, VA; daughter and her husband, Deborah and Robert R. Brown Sr. of Poquoson, VA; son and his wife, Bob Singley and Angela of Bena, VA; daughter and her husband, Barbara and Roger Haak of Toano, VA; and daughter and her husband, Jeanne Elizabeth and Brian Hull of Hanover, VA; 11 grandchildren, George, Kristine, Dean, Robbie, Brad, Craig, Bobby, Shelly, Joe, Brandon and Cameron; and 10 great-grandchildren. George enjoyed golf, fishing, woodworking and his many friends, but most of all, time with his family.

George served his country honorably and with distinction for 37 years, 22 years as an Army officer and 15 years as a Department of the Army Civilian. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1947 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, following his service in World War II. George enlisted in the Army in 1942 and received his 2nd Lieutenant commission from the Infantry Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning, GA. From October 1944 to February 1945, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, 346th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division in World War II, for which he earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge. A Senior Army Aviator, he was a rated pilot of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Flight School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Upon his retirement from active duty in 1965, George received the Legion of Merit and started his civilian career at the U.S. Army Applied Technology Directorate, Fort Eustis, VA, where he served in several positions of leadership, including Chief of the Applied Aeronautics Division, Chief of the Systems Support Division, Chief of the Military Operations Division, and ultimately, Deputy Director at the time of his retirement in 1980. He was an active member of the American Helicopter Society and the Army Aviation Association of America.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, November 17 at Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA. A reception in celebration of George's life will be held immediately following the service in the fellowship hall at the church. At a later date, funeral services with military honors will be held at the Ft. Myer Memorial Chapel with interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery.The family extends its sincere appreciation for the compassionate care given over the past decade by all his physicians and caregivers.

His family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation, Inc. -, the Purple Heart Foundation -, or the World War II Honor Flight Network -

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