George Lafayette Treat, age 90 of Marshall, Arkansas passed from this life on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at Highland Court in Marshall, Arkansas. He was born in Searcy County, Arkansas on April 11th, 1927 to Steve Treat and Arzella Cypert Treat.
George was a WWII veteran of the United States Navy. He was drafted when he was senior in high school. George served on the USS Duluth and served during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. In 1947 George married Bennie Battershell and they enjoyed 69 years together before her death in 2016. A few years after the war, George became an Arkansas State Trooper and began his career in Jonesboro and then was assigned to the detail safeguarding Governor Orval Faubus and his family. He went on to work as a Trooper in Jasper, Arkansas for several years. He ended his career as a State Trooper in West Memphis and went on to open a bulk fuel distribution plant. When he retired, George and his wife Bennie began a dairy and beef farming operation which he worked until his health began to fail. George loved the farming life and would rather cut and bale hay then eat. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an excellent marksman and spent many hours target shooting. George loved to have new gadgets, especially anything with a motor. He always had the newest model of four-wheelers, lawnmowers and cars. He liked to trade cars and usually had a new car every year. George enjoyed the simple things in life and nature.
Survivors include his sister-in-law, Betty Nix of Marshall; nieces, Sammie Horton and husband Terry of Westlake, TX, Judy Myers, Leslie Falls of England; nephews, David Treat and wife Rena of Marshall and Bob Reynolds of Dallas, TX; and many great nieces, nephews, other family and friends who will also mourn his passing.
George is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 69 years, Bennie Jean Battershell Treat; brother, Lucene Treat; sister, Girly Reynolds; and nephews, Steve Treat, Darvin Treat and Tom Falls.
Funeral services for George will be 2:00 PM Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at Roller-Coffman Funeral Home in Marshall, Arkansas with Bro. Shirl Williams officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 PM preceding the service. Burial will be in Marshall Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Timmy Massey, Tom Harris, Johnny Neel, Leroy Sullins, Trent Horton, Curtis Treat, Braden Hinkle, Marlin Treat and Robert Crawford.