George A. McFadyen II, 70, passed peacefully on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at WakeMed Hospital in Cary, surrounded by family. He was born on September 2, 1943 in Wilmington, NC to George Arthur McFadyen Sr. and Esther Page McFadyen.
George grew up in Smithfield, North Carolina. He received his education growing up around his father’s Pickwick Pool Room and Smithfield High School, graduating in 1961. He attended Wake Forest University and Campbell University, and was conferred a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1966.
In 1966, George joined the U.S. Army Reserves where he was a cook instructor. He served our country for six years, retiring as a Staff Sergeant in the 108th Division. George was employed by Burlington Industries and Beaunit Corporation before joining Cotton Incorporated in Raleigh in 1979. George dedicated more than twenty years of service to Cotton Incorporated, serving as a Research Chemist. He became known as a “Master Dyer” and he specialized in indigo garment dyeing. He contributed to a number of patents as he especially enjoyed using his book knowledge and adding his own creativity and techniques.
George was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. George loved God and being active both indoors and out. He was an avid sportsman on land and water, loving and caring for many hunting dogs. George was a true entrepreneur and investor. He loved the challenge of real estate, the reward of farming, and the sweet smell of success. He was an expert Fix-It Man. Even after a stroke impaired his movements in 2001, he would still welcome a call where he could talk someone through to a creative solution.
George is survived by his loving and devoted son George A. McFadyen III of Raleigh; brother, John Page McFadyen of Smithfield; and brother, Archie O. McFadyen of Raleigh. In addition, George was survived by a brother-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews that loved him dearly.
George was preceded in death by his parents George Arthur and Esther Page McFadyen, his wife and love of his life, Carey Oliver Rogers McFadyen, and nephew Arch McFadyen.
A graveside service will be held at the Page Family Cemetery off of Affinity Road (aka Fair Bluff Road) located near the intersection of Affinity Road and Page Circle in Marietta (Whitehouse Township), North Carolina at 1:00pm on Friday, November 22, 2013.
There will be a viewing reception prior to the service on Friday, where the family will be greeting friends and relatives at the Page Home Place, 1453 Page Circle, Fairmont, NC 28340 from 11:00am-12:45 p.m.
The family would like to give special thanks to the loving staff at the Phoenix Assisted Care, the wonderful doctors, nurses, and caretakers at WakeMed Cary his, “left arm” and devoted nephew Dillard Andrews, and all of those who were around to take his calls.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
The Page Cemetery c/o BB&T, P.O. Box 650, Fairmont NC 28340 or The Arch McFadyen Scholarship Fund @ Greystone Baptist Church,7509 Leadmine Road, Raleigh, NC 27615.