Reverend George England, III, affectionately known as Junior, was born on February 25, 1967 in Sprott, Alabama to the late Deacon George (II) & Jeanette England. As his father planned to name him David, his Aunt Lydia Ann stepped in and insisted that he be given the ancestral name George. George had been the name of her grandfather, brother, nephew, and now great-nephew [because her insistence paid off]. George departed this life on Friday, December 10, 2021, at 1:04am at Jackson Hospital, Jackson, Alabama. He accepted Christ as his savior at the tender age of 6 years old at the True Love Baptist Church, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where the Reverend (Uncle) Jesse White served as pastor. He began working in the church as a very young man at True Love Baptist Church in the Youth Choir under the direction of his cousins Glynda and Marshall White and later joined the choir at the New Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. There he, also, enjoyed the fellowship of the “Boys Crusade” and diligently attended Sunday school. At an early age he began pursuing the word of God and would be found laying across his bed reading and studying God’s word. He sought out his Uncle Jesse White and Uncles Walter, Woodie, & Carlos Melton as mentors when he needed clarification on scriptural context, as God was preparing him for ‘Pastoral Ministry’. At the tender age of 16 years old, he accepted his calling to preach the Word of God and on July 10, 1983 he preached his first sermon and was licensed to preach the Word of God by his pastor, the Reverend (Uncle) Woodie L. Melton. He accepted his first assignment as pastor of the Jerusalem Baptist Church, Selma, Alabama and was ordained on August 28, 1983 at 3:00 in the afternoon. In 1986, George accepted the pastoral position at the Fig Tree Missionary Baptist Church of Jones, Alabama and on November 1, 1987 he was united in Holy Matrimony to Peggie Diane Wright. Thereafter, they diligently and intentionally pursued God’s will together, as he was called to Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in 1993 and would later accept an additional calling from the First Missionary Baptist Church of Akron, Alabama. In 1999, he accepted the pastoral position at the Jackson Street Missionary Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama. During George’s time as pastor, he established Project 500 - The Vision. His vision for the extension and renovation project for the edifice came to fruition and was celebrated with a formal presentation of a new church bell to the church. In addition, he founded many ministries during his time as pastor, such as a Children’s Department, Youth Ministry, Senior Health Care Ministry, Women of Faith Ministry, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Children Church, Youth Choir and several others.
George enjoyed sports of all kinds. He especially loved the game of basketball and played for his beloved East Perry High School, under the leadership of Coach Johnny McCalpine. He graduated from Westside High School in May of 1987. He later attended Stillman College and Selma University where he studied Theology and Pastoral Care. He also, loved bowling, playing spade, family time, joking, preaching, and encouraging & evangelizing God's people. In addition, he enjoyed working for the Alabama Department of Transportation, Jefferson County Department of Transportation and lastly the City of Birmingham Department of Transportation.
He was preceded in death by both his father, Deacon George England and Brother Jermaine England. George leaves to cherish his wife, Peggie England of Marion, Alabama; Mother, Jeanette England of Sprott, Alabama; Three sisters, Joyce England-Peeples of Selma, Alabama and Bridget (Lawrence) Tedford, of Redford, Michagan, and Kerry Washington of Fort Wayne, Indiana; One brother, Jamoris Jackson of Atlanta Georgia; Three nephews, Jeremy Peeples of Selma, Alabama; Jeremy Wright and Lou David, both of Marion Alabama; Four nieces, Jennie Peeples of Selma, Alabama and Jasmine Peeples of Montgomery, Alabama; Anna Bell Suttles and Alesia Wright Johnson of Marion, Alabama; Mother-in-Law, Sarah Jackson Wright of Marion, Alabama; Four sister-in -laws, Anna Wright, Jeri Boykins, Lillie (Harold) Suttles, Patricia Wilder; Two brother-in-laws, Luegene (Cathy) Wright, and Walter J. Wright; Two God daughters LaWanda Gregory and Tricia Diannele; and a host of aunts, uncles. nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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