George Amos Carlyle ~ A Life Well Lived
12/20/1931 – 8/11/22
Born December 20, 1931 to Ruby Mae Tolar Carlyle and Granville Carlyle in Auvergne, Ark. Preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Louise Brown Carlyle, his parents, Granville and Ruby Mae Carlyle, his sister, Francis Carlyle Ward and his brother, Gerald Wayne Carlyle and an infant son. He has 3 children, Betty (Ron) Evans and their children and grandchildren, Dan, (Amy), Luke and Andrew Evans and Daryl, (Bryn) and Ellie Evans. Johnny (Julie) Carlyle and their children and grandchild, Nicholas, (Tiffany) and Hunter Carlyle. Patrick Carlyle. Michael (Meghan) Carlyle. Linda (Kevin) Mullins, and their children Nicole Mullins and Kimberly (Griffin) Pair, and Eric (Kristi), Bear, Smith, Cannon, Ella Kate Mullins. He had 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He has many nieces and nephews that are also his children.
George served in the US Army from 1948 to 1961 serving in the Korean War and earning a Bronze Star in 1954. He left the Army having earned the rank of First Lieutenant. While stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL he met and married the love of his life, Louise Brown. Although they spent a few years out of Madison County early in their marriage most of his adult life was spent in Huntsville, AL. He loved all things that involved his children and grandchildren. He coached all three of his children for many years in softball, baseball, and basketball. He spent many years managing bowling alleys in Huntsville and was a premier coach. He introduced bowling in the schools of Madison County and was Coach Carlyle to hundreds of kids each year. He was inducted into the Alabama Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2000. He and Louise owned and operated many restaurants and cafeterias in Huntsville including George’s Restaurant, the best steakhouse in town. He worked on Redstone Arsenal and Automatic Electric for over 20 years managing cafeterias and vending. His love for people and his love for food went hand in hand throughout his life.
He had many hobbies but first and foremost he was an avid outdoorsman. His favorite pastime was fishing with family and friends on Lake Guntersville. That is where he spent a great day before taking a fall and breaking his hip in June. He loved hunting ~ especially in his home state of Arkansas with his brother and nephews. After the passing of Louise in 2002 he taught many of his grandsons and their friends to hunt. His involvement with his grandchildren kept him thriving. He spent many hours sitting on grandstands cheering for his granddaughters and grandsons. His involvement in all of his grandchildren’s lives brought him (and them) great joy! His creation of our family’s Christmas Eve tradition of a personal visit from Santa Claus (and he was the best there ever was) will be carried on through our children’s and grandchildren’s lives although it will never be quite the same. He gave his all to everything he did ~ especially loving life and loving his family.