George Ashford Sayre, 83, of Rogers died Oct. 3, 2007, at Concordia Health Care Center in Bella Vista, Ark..
A graveside service was held at National Cemetery in Fayetteville, with military honors.
George was a career officer for the U.S. Navy. He served in many theaters from World War II to Vietnam. His last assignment, prior to his retirement in 1966, was as director of both enlisted and officer training divisions at the Fleet Sonar School in Key West, Fla.
He brought his family to northwest Arkansas in 1966. He settled in Rogers, Ark., after determining Fayetteville, where he attended school while in the Navy, was simply too big. He held a series of jobs over the next 20 years. He worked as a cattle farmer, chicken and turkey grower, chicken house builder in the four state area for Brown's Chicken Houses, a lightning rod installer throughout NWA and a supervisor at Emerson electric.
George and Mary Jo led several communitywide projects in Rogers. One, the Benton County Water Project, George served on the board of directors from 1983 to 1994.
He was preceded in death by his spouse of 55 years, Mary Jo Sayre; and his brother, Sam.
George is survived by four children: Suzanne Sayre of Plattsburg, Mo., Nancy Neel of Little Rock, Ark., Mary Margaret Solomon of Texarkana, Ark., and George A. Sayre II of Kingwood, Texas; his daughter-in-law, Connie Sayre and son-in-law, Alan Solomon reside in Kingwood, Ark., and Texarkana respectively; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Juanita Smoot of Bluemont, Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to VFW Post 3031, c/o Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers.