COLLEGE STATION - KBTX's recently retired news director, Mike George, was found dead Sunday afternoon at his home in College Station.
A cause of death is not known as of Monday, but foul play is not suspected. An autopsy has been ordered. George was 51 years old.
George spent his early years in journalism at News 3. A graduate of Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), long time viewers will remember him as an anchor and reporter in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He also served as executive producer.
George had a distinguished career following his first stint at KBTX, working behind the scenes in leadership roles at stations in Austin, Las Vegas and Atlanta.
For five-and-a-half years starting in 2008, George led KBTX's news department. During his tenure, News 3 was repeatedly honored, including more than 100 times by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, which gave KBTX the "Overall Station Excellence" honor for the state in 2013. News 3 also won its first Lone Star Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards during George's time at the station.
George retired in 2013 in order to spend more time with his family. He leaves behind his wife Ginnie, who he married 11 months ago, and three children.
From the family at KBTX, our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike's family outside of our halls, which were made immensely better because of him.
Michael Sothoron George
April 13, 1963 – May 18, 2014
Mike George, 51, of College Station, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 18, 2014. A time for family to receive friends will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Hillier Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at First Baptist Church, 3100 Cambridge Dr. in Bryan with Pastor Brian Brown officiating.
Mike was born on April 13, 1963 to Michael Ann (Stoner) Ruddock in San Antonio, Texas and was raised in Eagle Pass and Victoria, Texas. He graduated from Victoria High School in Victoria, Texas in 1981 and attended Southwest Texas State University to study Journalism. Over his long and successful career in the news, he worked in Austin, Atlanta, and Las Vegas, but was able to start and end his career at KBTX in College Station. He retired in order to spend more time with his loving family.
Mike gave generously of himself and his resources to friends, families, and strangers. The joys of his life were his wife, children, and family. He is described by his children as a loving father who did everything he could for his children and was always proud of them, no matter what. His passions included exercising, traveling, and news of any kind. He had a humorous and contagious personality, and he enveloped everyone he met in warmth.
He is preceded in death by his father, Sothoron George.
Mike leaves behind his loving wife, Ginnie George; children, Geoffrey George, Mary Elizabeth George, Julianna George; parents, Michael Ann and Billy Ruddock; siblings, Evans George and wife Esther, and Elizabeth George and husband Rick; nieces, Avery and Ryan Rosenblum, and many family members and friends.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Fellowship of the Hills at 912 Miccosukee, Tallahassee, FL 32308 or online at www.fothtally.com
Please share memories and tributes to Mike at www.hillierfuneralhome.com.