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George Savage

George Malcolm Savage

Friday, October 24th, 1930 - Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
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George Malcolm Savage finished his earthly life February 13, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family after a brief illness. He was a leader in his church and community and will be fondly remembered for his generosity, work ethic, business sense, and his love and devotion for God, his church, and his family. He set a strong example for many to follow, persevering through hard times and humble good times. He was born October 24th, 1930 to William Washington and Alice Vance Savage in Doyle,Tennessee. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy, with 3 years of active duty. He had a successful career in the clothing manufacturing business spanning over 62 years, including 20 years as Eastern Division Manager with Spartan Manufacturing, 22 years as a managing partner of Sutton Shirt Company, and 12 years as president of River States Inc, where he retired.

George was an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church, and also a leader in the community. He was Past Master at Masonic Lodge #496 in Byrdstown, TN. He also was a member of the White County Shriners Club. He spent 18 years as a board member for the Cookeville Rescue Mission. George was very involved in the local business economy, serving on the White Co Industrial Board for 18 years and the White Co Economic Development Board. He also was a member of the White / Van Buren Cattlemen's Association. Upon retirement, he spent the majority of his years raising Polled Hereford Cattle, and enjoyed every minute of it.

He married his beautiful bride, Helen Baker, on January 23, 1953, and has spent the last 64 years growing the family that he has today.

George is survived by his wife Helen Baker Savage, children Samuel Mark (Pamela Rogers) of Sparta and Cynthia Ann Savage Parks (Keith) of Raleigh, NC, 9 grandchildren, Jonathan Mark Savage, Jacob Daniel Savage (Mary Ann Murdock), Jody Michael Savage, Jenny Elizabeth Savage, Julie Katelyn Savage, John Keith Parks Jr (Jack), William Savage Parks, Houston Savage Parks, and Reed Walter Parks. 3 great grandchildren Jackson Ryan Savage, Peyton Hope Savage, and Deacon Gage Savage. Sister in law Sally Bell Savage, niece Alice Nicole Savage Acord (Chris) and great nephew Miles Savage Acord.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Leslie Michelle Savage, sisters Gladys Savage Davis, Thelma Savage Pyle, Rhea Savage, Mattie Savage Felker, brothers Samuel Hugh Savage, Haskell William Savage, nephew Calvin Lynn Pyle, Samuel Wayne Pyle, William Cos Davis, Barney Davis, Sr., James Ray Davis, Grandparents George Washington and Cynthia Adair Savage, and John and Mary Jane Hodges Vance.

Services will be held at 4:00PM on Saturday, February 16 at First Baptist Church 308 North Spring St, Sparta TN, with visitation from 2:00-4:00PM also at First Baptist.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, via George Savage Memorial Fund (giftfunds.stjude.org/georgesavage)

Online condolences may be made to the family at oaklawnmemorial.com
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Alan Sussman

Posted at 09:14am
Dear Helen:

I was so very saddened by the news of George's passing.
He was a model of decency and kindness for me during all the years we worked together.

My deepest condolences to you and your family.

I'm sorry I was not able to be in TN with you and your family.

I will hold the memory of George in my mind and thoughts for whatever time I have on this earth.

Alan Sussman


Posted at 03:48pm
Such great memories of a wonderful, sweet man who always treated me so well. Love to you, Helen, and to all of your family.

Denise Sparkman Plunkett

Jim and Joan Slatton

Posted at 04:11pm
So sorry for your family's lost.
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John Judd

Posted at 05:01pm
Knowing George has been one of the great privileges of my life. We had a relationship comparable to Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn; swimming and fishing in the Caney Fork River, camping on the river bank in an old shack "club house" hitch hiking to football games in town before we could drive; On the way home we would run every step of the way past the cemetery next to my house where we would part ways for him to go another mile to his house. He'd always say "See you tomorrow". We were together almost every day throughout our adolescence until he joined the Navy after high school graduation. No one could ever have a more loyal friend. His successful life, marriage to his wonderful wife Helen,, children and grandchildren only made him grow in spirit, kindness and generosity. If there is any comfort when losing such a wonderful friend Psalm 116:15 tells us :Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
We will miss him terribly.
John W Judd & Family


Posted at 03:16pm
George Savage was my Plato. He taught me a lot about scripture and made me think about what the words were saying.
He was even keel all his life except when his friend from Doyle died and when Helen his wife was sick. His mother was my great grandmother who I remember vividly in my mind and he would visit her every Sunday. Even though he was CEO of a huge firm, he loved to talk about politics, Tennessee football, and fishing. He loved to whittle. He took care of his own equipment and paid much attention to detail. He taught me finance and why it is good to be calm in life. I knew many people in White and Van Buren counties who worked for him and they had nothing but praise for him. I even went to Scotland to find the Savage lineage because of him and the genealogy tree that he kept. He always doted on his children and grandchildren. He was my father's best friend as well as mine. He will be sorely missed.

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