He was a WWII veteran where as a member of the 514th Field Artillery Battalion he was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. After graduating from Texas A&M University on a GI Bill he had a fascinating career, first at Keesler Air Force Base and then Redstone Arsenal, working on surface to air missiles and teaching soldiers electronic maintenance of missiles. He then had a second career as an instructor at the Muscle Shoals Technical College. General lived in Karnes city as a young man and at one time, he was employed with the County Surveyor. He was a faithful member of the Lions Club, NARFE Association Chapter 233, VFW, Rose Trail Association and Pals.
Survivors include: his wife, Dorothy Bartkoviak; daughters, Melissa Foster, Vanessa Breeden and Marsha Cornelius; two brothers and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
A visitation was held on Monday, February 28, 2011, from noon to 2pm at the Morrison Funeral Home of Cherokee with the funeral service following at 2:00pm, JB Burns officiating. Burial was at the Burns Cemetery in Maud. Family and friends served as pallbearers.