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George Washington Mink, 90, of Kingman Ave., claimed the promise of the Resurrection December 7, 2011, in Suffolk, Virginia. A native of Mountain City, Tennessee, he was the son of the late William Issac and Ninnie Bell McCulloch Mink. He had attended Carson-Newman College and was the last principal of the Watauga Academy in Butler, Tennessee. He retired from General Electric and later from Maryview Hospital.
He served his country during World War II in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Japan until the war ended, and was discharged from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in 1945. He re-enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and served in Korea and Okinawa and spent time in Panama City, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana. His military career ended at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. Between these two military careers, he worked as a chemist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on an extension of the Manhattan Project. He was a member of the Naval Mine Warfare Association. He was a faithful member of Alexander Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, church treasurer, Sunday School secretary, and sang in the choir.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jackie Mink; one son, Dr. J.W. Mink, and wife Dolly, of Chesapeake; three brothers, Arlis Mink and Reese Mink, of Chester, West Virginia; Howard Mink, of Saint Cloud Florida; several nieces and nephews; and two grandsons, J.D. Mink and Andrew Mink.
A funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 12, at 11:00 AM in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, with Dr. Bryan Ray and the Rev. Alan Moor officiating. Burial was in Olive Branch Cemetery in Portsmouth. Contributions may be made to Alexander Baptist Church Building Fund, 4316 Pamela Court, Chesapeake, VA 23321.