Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008 6:25 pm
The Messenger. 11.21.08 George Bazil Pakish, 76, of Tiptonville died Nov. 19, 2008, at Regional Hospital of Jackson. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Ridgely, with Dyersburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The Rev. David Gray will officiate and honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Bauer, Bobby Bauer, Joseph Pakish, Eddie Vuknic, O.V. Fowler, Lyman Rhodes, John David Arnold, Norman Rhodes, John Perkins, Dave Dewey, Bob Shull, Jason Perkins and Ken Hickman. Friends may call at the church 5:30-9 this evening. The family requests that memorials be made to the youth program at Abundant Life Fellowship Church or Life Beat in Wynnburg. He was a member of Abundant Life Fellowship Church and had worked on the river as a captain and a pilot for Western Kentucky Navigation. His career on the river had extended more than 60 years. Survivors include his wife, Ruth (Gooch) Pakish; his daughter and son-in-law, Fran and Bob Bauer of Donora, Penn.; his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Christy Pakish of Manessen, Penn.; two stepdaughters and his son-in-law, Monica and Bob Shull and Monette Perkins; two stepsons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Judy Hickman of Dyersburg and Pete and Kay Miller; his sister, Irene Glass of Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren, Jacob Bauer, Bobby Bauer and Tyler Pakish. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Pakish; his son, George Pakish; five brothers, Ed Pakish, Bo Pakish, John Pakish, Joe Pakish and Harry Pakish; and two sisters, Jean Vuknic and Mary Wydratt.