Lt. Col. George Edwin Durham
Funeral services for Lt. Col. (Ret.) George Edwin Durham, of The Woodlands, Texas, are Saturday, July 15, 2017, at noon at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home with burial at Forest Park The Woodlands Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Lt. Col. Durham, 77, died Wednesday, July, 12, 2017, at his residence. He was born May 14, 1940, in Brookhaven, to Lt. Col. Thomas and Estelle Durham. He graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1958, Mississippi State University in 1962, and earned a master’s degree from Boston University in 1974.
He was a military spy serving as a counter intelligence officer for over 21 years and tactical intelligence officer for over 10 years in the U.S. Army. He served three tours in Vietnam — 1965, 1969 and 1971. He was director of the U.S. Army Rapid Deployment Force/U.S. Army Counter Terrorist Unit at Central Command. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Bronze Star, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (OLC), Armed Forces Honor Medal (1st Class), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and two Overseas Service Ribbons.
He and his wife loved their family and hosting family and friends in their home. He loved hunting and especially being in a duck blind and goose field with friends and family. He lived abroad with his family in Belgium, Italy, Germany, and in the U.S. in Mississippi, Arizona, Texas, California, Florida, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Gastrell Durham; parents, Col. (Ret.) Thomas F. Durham Jr. and Estelle Western Durham; Samuel Gastrell and Maxie Raines Gastrell; and brothers- in-law, Bobby Burress and James Corbett.
Survivors are his children, George Edwin “Ged” Durham Jr. and Kelly Durham Sowda and husband Chris; brother Lt. Col. Thomas F. Durham Sr. and wife Frances; sister, Deanna Durham Burress; sisters-in-law, Patricia Gastrell Corbett and Joyce Hill Johnson and husband Ken; brother-in-law, Gregory Samuel Gastrell and wife Diane; grandchildren, Taylor Aleen “Ali” Sowda, Kadie Elyse Durham, George Edwin “Ty’ Durham III, and Cheyenne Saunders Sowda; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Honorary pall bearers will be Dave Berry, Al Bingham, Tommy Daniels, Jason Daniels, Paul Koestler, Norville Parsell, John Vaughn and Keith Word.
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society.