11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I,
whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
George Thomas Insley, Jr. 81, was born to his parents, George and Ruth Insley on May 15, 1941. George was a lifelong resident of Poquoson, who enjoyed fishing, crabbing, oystering, and hunting in his youth. He developed many life-long friendships and never knew a stranger. George graduated from Poquoson High School in 1958 and attended the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School from which he graduated and started a career as a Cost Engineer for the Newport News Shipyard.
In the early 1970’s, George felt his resources could better be used as a minister in the United Methodist Church. George accepted his first charge at Mount Sinai in Harrisonburg, VA in 1979. During this time, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Religion at Eastern Mennonite College. He went on to obtain a Masters of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. His career in the ministry lasted until June 2003 when he retired and moved back to his beloved hometown. Here he was active in his childhood church home, Trinity United Methodist Church, where he was the visitation minister and currently the phone visitation minister until the time of his death. Throughout his lifetime, George enjoyed singing in the church with different choral groups and was a member of Poquoson Masonic Lodge 49.
George went to sing with the angels on June 27, 2022. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, George, Sr. and Ruth Insley. Better known by “Gee” to his family, George is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Carolyn W. Insley; children, Hope Insley Coleman (Bill) and Chris Insley (Sherry Hood); granddaughters, Alex Rice (Jacob) and Madi Griggs; great-granddaughter, Evalyn Rice, as well as numerous loving family members and dear friends.
A celebration of George’s life will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2nd at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1294 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson, Virginia 23662 by the Rev. Dr. Patricia Riggs. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service.
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Trinity United Methodist Church
1294 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson VA 23662