George Scofield

Published 4:22 pm Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Born in Clifton, N.J., he was the son of the late George Aquila and Anna Marie Matthews Scofield. While this would make him a &dquo;junior&squo; he never took to that label so never used it. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a Lt. Junior Grade with the Maritime Service. He was married to Mary Beatrice Foster on April 2, 1944 in Clifton, N.J., and was with her until the day she passed in December of 2003.

George had a very diverse life, which seemed to center around music, photography and patriotic pursuits. He worked for many years in upstate N.Y. as a photographer, taking school photos and yearbook portraits.&bsp; Never one to sit by and watch life happen, George, who moved to North Carolina in 1987 to &dquo;retire,&dquo; started a Suzuki violin program for Polk County children. George was also involved in bringing international music acts to the region, as he always believed that music was a universal language that meant little if not shared.

Mr. Scofield was an active member of the American Legion and Bryant Womack Ray Bradley VFW Post 10345. George also had a vision to create a visual history of our great nation. He spent several years collecting all the national flags used by our country and researched the history and meanings of each so he could share his knowledge and pride with others. This effort resulted in The House of Flags, a museum dedicated to informing anyone about the history of our country&squo;s flags, located in Columbus.

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Surviving is his wife, Jeane Helms Scofield of the home.&bsp; They were married on September 16, 2006 and spent the past two years as close friends, confidants and extensive travel companions.&bsp; We are grateful for her influence on his life and the love she showed him in his final years.&bsp; Also surviving are his daughter, Noranne Lynn of Liverpool, N.Y.; three sons, Gordon Thomas Scofield of Liverpool, N.Y., Glenn Allen Scofield of Frederick, Colo., and George Arden Scofield of Frederick, Colo.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Donations can be made in his name to Robert Williams, C/O The House of Flags, P.O. Box 1090, Columbus, N.C. 28722.

An online guest register may be signed at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

‐ paid obituary