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“A man who will truly be missed. There is no end to the memories that well up which were shared with him. It's difficult to appropriately...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Alan & Thanette Hunsberger - LA

“Dr. Hess was my sociolgy professor at SLU 1980-84 and had several classes under him being I was a social worker major. Even now at the age of 56 I...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Glenda Brasseaux Jackson - MS

“Betty and family,Sending my condolences to you and your family. I did not personally know George, but in hearing you speak of him I know he was a...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Dawn - LA

“ThanetteJoe and I are thinking of you at this time. You and your family are in our prayersGrace Campbell ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Grace Campbell - Baton Rouge

“Very sorry for your loss. I had the good fortune of working with George for several years. I always admired his calm and integrity and considered him...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Danilo Levi - Metairie, LA

“Enjoyed square dancing with George (and Johanna before her passing.) He was always cheerful and not one to complain. My condolences to his extended...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Hoppy La Croix - Hammond, LA

“We are so sorry for your loss. George was a good friend of my brother, HarryKemp, and was loved by the whole family. Charles and Bea Kemp ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Charles Kemp - Watson, LA

“I was George's secretary for many years at Southeastern. He was a wonderful boss and friend. George was a very kind and understanding man with a...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Judy Calmes - Independence, LA

“Professor George Hess hired me at Southeastern twenty-two years ago, even though he knew that I was a radical progressive with a focus on social...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Russell Castro - Hammond, LA

“What an amazing man your father was, Thanette. Sending prayers and hugs to you, Alan and your family. May God wrap his arms around all of you during...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Tracey and Kevin McElroy - TX

“George was a truly great boss, colleague, and friend. I worked for him when he was department head at Southeastern. He was warm, loving, and...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Bonnie Lewis - Slidell, LA

“Our sincerest condolences to George's family. George with his lovely wife Johanna were members of the square dance family for so many years. We only...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Andy and Algie Petrere - LA

“Thanette, our condolences to you in the passing of your Dad. May the moments you shared grant you comfort and peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Vincent Giaccone - Zachary, LA

“My deepest sympathy to your family. I really enjoyed having Mr George as my corner in square dancing. He was a good friend. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Sandra Blanchard - Kentwood, LA

“My deepest Sympathy ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Christine Mckinney - Hammond, LA

“We are so sorry for your loss. Condolences and prayers to the family. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Jennifer & Paul Lambert - LA

“I will miss my dear volunteer friend.SIncerely Linda Firmin. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Sincere condolences to the family for your great loss. May God comfort each of you during your time of mourning. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: A friend


Loving husband, father, grand and great-grandfather and educator. Born May 15, 1933 and departed to his Heavenly Father on July 19, 2018, at 85 years. George was an avid reader and master gardener (a skill acquired from his father). He provided to many in the local area the fruits of his labor. He was born on the family homestead in Weiss, LA. He was a 1951 graduate of Live Oak High School in Watson. He accepted a scholarship in Basketball to Southeastern Louisiana College and participated in the 1954 NAIA Tournament, and graduated in 1955 with a B.S. in Sociology, and a minor in Speech. He attended seminary at Southern Methodist University for his Masters Degree in Theology and Divinity, and in 1970 he received his PhD in Sociology from Mississippi State University. He served as Youth Minister for the United Methodist Church in Angie and Varnado, LA, and then as Director of the Wesley Foundation at Southeastern. In late 1970, he began his tenure as Professor and Head of the Sociology Department until his retirement in 2005. He was later recognized as an SLU Golden Grad.
He is survived by a son, Stephen Montgomery Hess of Ponchatoula; daughter, Lena Thanette (Hess) Hunsberger and her husband Alan of Watson; five grandchildren, Nicole (Shane) Harris, Ashley (Derek) Sheese, Scott Hess, Shanna Lambert and Cole Lambert; and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Betty Beverson of Pride. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Johanna (Mizell) Hess, and his parents John Henry and Mary Amelia (Mixon) Hess.
George was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hammond, Y-Knots Square Dancing Club, a traveler, and a 10 year volunteer at North Oaks Medical Center. The family wishes to extend their appreciation to staff of the Richard Murphy Hospice House for their exceptional care during his stay.
George's life will be celebrated at the First United Methodist Church of Hammond on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. with a Celebration of Life to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials or donations to be made to the Richard Murphy Hospice House; 1109 S. Chestnut St, in Hammond or the FUMC of Hammond.
"Bear on another's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Gal. 6:2)
Please visit www.harrymckneely.com to leave condolences for the family.