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Russell George was born on July 31, 1951 in Memphis, TN. Mother, Evelyn Naegle George; Father, Russell George Sr.; Brothers: Bill and Michael George, Sister: Ellen Gaye Thompson; Son, Russell Murphy George, Three grandchildren: Madison Caid George, Lillian Elizabeth George, and Isaac Russell George. Russell George graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1977. He opened Murphy's Oyster Bar on Madison Avenue. He was a very talented entertainer, and loved to dance. He loved soul music, and good soul food. At the age of ten, he received a dancing award from the 'Godfather of Soul' himself, Mister James Brown, at the James Brown Dance Contest, at the Mid-South Coliseum. He was very successful in the music and the club business, here in his hometown of Memphis, TN. He was a band manager of one of the best R&B bands in Memphis, The Memphis Icebreakers, and also the old jazz cats, The Steinways. In 1993, he reopened the World-Famous Earnestine & Hazel's, historical juke joint and hotel. Russell George was a true artist, and Earnestine & Hazel's was his masterpiece. He worked very hard to preserve the nostalgia and the spirit of the Memphis landmark. He had a true passion for showing people how to have a good time. It is here, at Earnestine & Hazel's, that he created, the World-Famous Soul Burger. He loved his tourists, he loved giving tours, and he loved to charm them with his wonderful stories about Earnestine's, as well as Memphis history. He was very witty and always made everybody laugh. He delighted in receiving postcards tourists would send him from all over the world, praising him for his hospitality. He once said, "…[that he]… wanted to share with people the feeling he had at his home with his parents, celebrating and listening to old R&B vinyls on the record player." Artists such as: Nancy Wilson, The Four Tops, The Mills Brothers, and Louis Prima. He was always very giving and really enjoyed helping others. Memphis will deeply miss his presence.

A Memorial Mass will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 13th at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be taken to any Regions Bank location, and deposited into: The Madison Caid George Scholarship Fund and/or The Isaac and Lillian George Savings Account.

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