Longtime Tyler civic and business leader George W. Oge, 90, who also served as president of the Tyle…

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Longtime Tyler civic and business leader George W. Oge, 90, who also served as president of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce in 1988 and 1989, died Monday morning. Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Harrison McLeod officiating at Christ Episcopal Church, 118 S. Bois d'Arc Ave., Tyler. Oge, who had owned Oge Oldsmobile Inc. since 1965, moved the company that also sold Toyotas and Mercedes-Benz models, from its downtown location at Bonner Avenue and West Ferguson Street to its West Southwest Loop 323 location in 1985 and then sold it to a Beaumont group in 1994. Oge saw his business payroll rise from $150,000 when he purchased the dealership to more than $2 million when he sold it. He had chaired the Tyler New Car Dealers Association and Oldsmobile Dealers Council, Dallas Zone, and had been a member of the Southwest Region Oldsmobile Dealers Council. Oge graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio and from The University of Texas, Austin, with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He served in the Navy, 1943-46, in naval aviation. He was active in many Tyler and Smith County organizations, including the Texas Rose Festival and the Order of the Rose, of which he had been a past president. He had served as chairman of capital funds drive for the Smith County Cancer Society, fund chairman for Smith County Heart Association, East Texas Hospital Foundation board, East Texas Cancer Center board, city of Tyler Airport Advisory Board, city of Tyler Board of Adjustment and Appeals and Salvation Army Advisory Board. He served on Emergency Medical Services Board, United Way of Greater Tyler, University of Texas at Tyler Educational Foundation, UT Tyler Development Board, Texas Chest Foundation and Development Board at UT Health Center at Tyler, Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas Inc., city of Tyler Mayor's Anti-Crime Task Force and city of Tyler Hospital Authority Board. Henry Bell III, executive director of the chamber, said Monday when notified of Oge's death, "He was chamber president from 1988 to 1989. In fact, he was president when they hired me. He was a great leader. He took us through some tough economic times. In the 1980s, when Tyler was going through a tough time, he had to lead us through a tough period. He did a great job. He was always very supportive of the chamber and its projects." Bell said Christ Episcopal Church, where Oge has been a member since 1977 and vestryman, prayed for him on Sunday, so "I knew something was up. He was a great guy. I'm sorry to hear that he died." The chamber honored him with the T.B. Butler Award in 1989. He also served as director on the Tyler Economic Development Council. Oge also had been a member of First Presbyterian Church from 1964 to 1977, where he had served as a deacon. Dr. Harold Cameron, who is retired and admits to being six months younger than Oge, said, "George was a very good friend. We traveled a lot together in the past. He was very generous; he was always concerned about others, not just himself. He's going to be missed by this city for the things that he did for it. He seemed indestructible. We went hunting a lot together. I can't say enough about George. He was a really wonderful friend," he said. "George Oge fulfilled about every quality a person could want or even think of as a fellow member of their home community," said Calvin Clyde Jr., chairman of the board of T.B. Butler Publishing Co. Inc., parent company of the Tyler newspapers. "And it was my privilege to know him in this light from about the first day he arrived in Tyler to become a lasting element of our retail automobile community, and much more. George used to recall that I had been the purchaser of the first car he sold in Tyler. It would be difficult to list from memory all of his participations, and each of them was a contribution in some sense. His love for hunting and just for being outdoors at his special secluded spot in central West Texas was indicative of his fair-play attitude in business, in a variety of community service, in the regard he had for family life values of his own and others, and a sort of good fellowship that always was found on the same level of personal consideration. He will be missed." Oge was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Frio County. In 1945, he married Martha Lee Cason, who preceded him in death in 1975. To that union were born George W. Oge Jr. of Florida, Dee Dee Oge Bufe and Carrie Oge Wolf, both of Tyler, and Nanette Oge Garrett of Memphis, Tenn. A year later, he married Patricia Payne Warren, who brought into the family Bill Warren, of Plano, and Don Warren and Nancy Pfeifle, both of Tyler. His second wife died in 2001. He also was a member of Tyler Rotary Club, Tyler Petroleum Club, Hollytree Country Club and Willow Brook Country Club, where he had been secretary. Updated Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008 at 11:20 a.m. CST. Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, Smith, TX. Additional info on the family of George Woodward Oge from the Findagrave website is as follows: Mr. Oge is preceded in death by two wives, Martha Cason Oge and Patricia Payne Oge. A sister, Julia Oge Prassel. He is survived by his son, George W. Oge, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Daughters, Dee Dee Oge Bufe and husband John, Carrie Oge Wolf and husband Sam, all of Tyler, and Nanette Oge West and husband Bill of Memphis, TN. He is also survived by Bill Warren and wife Beverly of Plano, Nancy Warren Pfeifle and husband Peter and Don Warren and wife Chelli, all of Tyler. By grandchildren, Cecie Oge Turlington and husband Kyle of Houston, George Woodward Oge IIi of Nashville, Tn, John Cason Bufe of Atlanta, GA, Virginia Claire Bufe and Gretchen Oge Bufe, Jonathan Woodward Wolf and wife Molly and Martie Wolf Bigbie and husband Jeff, all of Tyler, Rushton Charles Garrett of Chattanooga, TN, and Caroline Byers Garrett of Sewanee, TN. Also Michael Luke and William Warren Bethancourt, both of Tyler. AShley Warren Feldman and husband John of Altanta, GA. Courtney Cooper Warren and John Edwin Warren both of Dallas.

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George Woodward Oge Sr.
August 13, 1917
105 Frio Co, TX
4 February 18, 2008
14 90 Tyler, Smith, TX
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