George Edward Viola, age 73, died Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at Durham Regional Hospital. He was born in Cabarrus County on November 10, 1935 to the late George and Blanche Grady Viola.
George graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He moved to Durham with his brother and best friend, Michael Viola in 1961. He worked as a technical writer at IBM for 26 years and worked in retirement at Millennium Hotel in Durham. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. George was known for his quick smile and ability to find humor in any situation. He enjoyed making a diversity of friends.
George is survived by his wife, Hazel Blalock Viola of Durham, NC; his three daughters: Sheila Whitmeyer and husband, Jim, of Wilmington, NC; Mitzi Viola of Durham; and Karen Viola of New York, NY; two brothers: Michael Viola of Efland, NC; The Reverend H. Alexander Viola of Hendersonville, NC; two sisters: Nancy Finger of Charlotte, NC; and Cindy Viola of Matthews, NC.
A Gathering of family and friends will be held Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home. Burial will be held in Cabarrus County on Saturday, December 27
The Viola family wishes to thank the many friends and neighbors who supported them during George’s brief illness, including the staff of Regional Cancer Care and Durham Regional Hospital’s 5300 and Critical Care units.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
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