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George Halfin '44 April 29, 2022 12:04 PM updated: April 29, 2022 12:07 PM

George Stapp Halfin

December 23, 1921 - February 13, 2022

World War II Veteran and Texas A&M graduate, class of ’44, George Stapp Halfin, was called to his heavenly home on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at the age of 100. Although his passing was unexpected, he looked forward to the day when he would meet his Creator face to face.

George was born on December 23, 1921 in Port Arthur, Texas to Godcheaux and Alma Halfin and was the sibling to brother Jack and sister Doris. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation, he applied for acceptance to Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Texas A&M University) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and was installed as a member of the Tau Beta Pi Scholastic Society.

In 1941, during his first year of college, World War II broke out and took George to the Pacific Theater Operations where he served as a T4 with the 915th Engineers Air Force Headquarters Company. While there, one of his responsibilities was to design the naval command office for Admiral Nimitz, located on the island of Guam.

After the war ended, George returned back to college and finished his education courses. Once graduated, he was employed by Acme Brick Company as an architect-engineer in Dallas, Texas. He designed a number of all-ceramic office buildings for the company and designed unique homes that were featured in the Dallas Parade of Homes. Later, George would end up marrying and moving to Liberty, Texas where he and his brother Jack owned and operated a heating and air conditioning business together.

George was an avid square dancer, and together with his second wife, Tres, traveled the country to participate in square dancing events. Together, they served two terms as President of the Golden Triangle Square and Round Dance Association as well as General Chairman of the Texas State Federation of Square and Round Dancers Conclave in 1995.

After the passing of his wife in November of 2017, George moved from Anahuac, Texas to Austin where he discovered new friends and great adventures at The Clairmont Retirement Community. George loved to share his joy and happiness with others. If you had a minute to spare, he had a joke to share with you. It didn’t matter if he knew you or if you were a perfect stranger, he would walk right up and ask “do you like to laugh?” and then proceed to tell his joke of the day. Each morning, George would send out 2 jokes via email and then followed up with the answers the next day. Being true to his Aggie roots, he rarely missed an opportunity to share a “tea sipper” jab to anyone wearing burnt orange or signing “hook ‘em horns”.

George would proudly tell you that one of his biggest claims to fame was being the great, great grandson of Elijah Stapp, signer of the Declaration of Independence of Texas. His given middle name, Stapp, was a reflection of this namesake for which he was very honored and humbled to carry throughout his life.

George is proceeded in death by his wife Theresa Halfin, his parents, Godcheaux and Alma Halfin, brother Jack Halfin, sister Doris Norman, stepson Stephen Manning, and nephew Kyle Norman. He is survived by his daughter Kim Dickinson and her husband, Bill of Cedar Park, Texas, son Mark Halfin and his wife, Kippi of Argyle, Texas, son Glenn Halfin of Austin, Texas, grandchildren Blake Dickinson, Evan Dickinson, Jessica Weaver, Darrick Bridger and his wife, Jennie, great-grandchildren DJ and Kate Bridger, and his beloved dog, Happy.

Viewing will be held from 11:00-11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022, at Hill Country Bible Church Lakeline, North Auditorium, 3351 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, Texas, 78613 with the funeral service to follow at 11:30 a.m. A graveside service will immediately follow at Cedar Park Cemetery, 110 S. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park, Texas, 78613. Please join us for a celebration of life reception back at Hill Country Bible Church upon completion of interment.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation in George’s name to Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or Austin Pets Alive (austinpetsalive.org)

 



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