On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, George Arthur Schieren, III, 74, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away.
Born April 15, 1945 in Washington County, Virginia to Katherine McCall and George Arthur Schieren, Jr., George received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in 1967 and his PHD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1975.
He helped shape the minds of many students as a Professor of Economics and Statistics first at Texas Christian University and then at Appalachian State University, where he was a member of the faculty from 1977 until his retirement in 2008 and served as Chair of the Economics Department.
George was an author having penned two novels during his retirement, Benevolence and Ten Mad Cows and a prolific reader: he could always be found with a newspaper or a novel in hand.
He was a long-time active member of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock where he served the church faithfully.
George was a Shagger and loved attending semiannual SOS events in Ocean Drive, South Carolina. In 2005, he was inducted as an Icon into the Society of Shaggers. He was the world’s greatest host and bartender and was always at the center of fun at any event he attended or hosted. His smile could light up a room and his quick wit and sarcasm were his trademark.
George had the world’s biggest heart and was loved by all who had the opportunity to call him friend and those people were numerous, because George never met a stranger. He listened with great interest to what you had to say and would walk the world over to help you out.
Above all, George loved his family. His wife Kay was the light of his world and love of his life, whom he affectionately referred to his “lady soul.”
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kay Wiles Schieren of the home; two sons, Syd Schieren and wife Erin of Nathrop, Colorado, and Charlie Schieren and wife Amy of Asheville; one daughter, Molly Meigs and husband Mark of Knoxville, Tennessee; two step-daughters, Donna Jones and husband Ronnie of Boone, and Ellen Curtis and husband John of Greensboro; 11 grandchildren, Charlie and Jonny Schieren, Tyler, Sydney and Ella Meigs, Walker and Avery Schieren, Ben Curtis and wife Jaclyn, Will Curtis and wife Samantha, Chase Krause and Olivia Daly, and Jodi Krause and Trip Hershey; one sister, Julie Duff and husband Richard of LaQuinta, California; two step-brothers, William McCall and wife Susan of Bristol, Virginia, and George McCall and wife Helen of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and one step-sister, Lee Wampler and husband William of Bristol, Virginia.
Roy Williams once said, “If someone says your name and it makes someone else smile, thats a good legacy to leave.” George will leave many people smiling.
Memorial services for George A. Schieren, III were conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, May 25, 2019, at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock. Officiating was Father Gary Gloster.
The family received friends following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in George’s memory, may be made to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Cancer Research, Medical Center Blvd Box 573186, Winston-Salem, NC 27157.
Online condolences may be sent to the Schieren family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.