George Edward Fleming Obituary
George Edward "Ged" Fleming
LAFAYETTE – Funeral services for George Edward "Ged" Fleming, 67, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012, in La Chapelle de Martin & Castille, 330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, Louisiana 70506. The Reverend Steve Horn of the First Baptist Church of Lafayette, will officiate. Ged Fleming passed away Wednesday, April 11, after a brief illness. Visitation will be Friday, April 13, at Martin & Castille’s DOWNTOWN location from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, April 14, from 8:00 a.m. until the commencement of services. Interment will follow at Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery, 2111 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508.
Ged Fleming was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on October 12, 1944. In 1972 he moved from Lake Charles to Lafayette where he established Home Furniture, his first retail furniture store. Over the last 40 years, he successfully expanded Home Furniture to include eight stores located in Louisiana and Texas, all served by a massive distribution center located in Lafayette. For the past 5 years, Home Furniture has been awarded the national trade ranking of "Top 100" furniture retailers in the United States. This honor is the result of the tireless efforts of the entire organization under Ged’s leadership. Ged always held a deep and heartfelt gratitude to the 300 employees of Home Furniture, for their sacrifices and dedication that ultimately led to the success of his company.
On November 24, 1984, Ged married the love of his life, Karol Holston; and they enjoyed 27 wonderful years together. Ged and Karol delighted in the company of their many cherished friends whom they loved to entertain. Although they enjoyed their many travel adventures, their favorite destination was their camp at Cypremort Point, which was not only Ged’s favorite place to fish with friends, but also a refuge for them for over 30 years.
In addition to his love of business, Ged greatly enjoyed every aspect of the outdoors, especially hunting with his friends at Couteau Plateau in Little Chenier and at Canard Sauvage near the Lacassine Reserve.
In addition to his wife Karol, Ged Fleming is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Fleming Crouchet; her husband Robert; and three grandchildren, Brayden, Amelia, and Ellison Crouchet. He is also survived by his loving sister Georgene Gibson of Lake Charles, and many nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be: Craig Holston, Ross Holston, Alex Holston, Tony Kemp, Ross Dees, and Dwayne Arceneaux. Honorary pallbearers will be: Mike Barras, Randy Paul, Joey Belton, Frank Sadler, Scott Wilkinson, Roger Hebert, Tommy Thomas, Steve Baker, and Don O’Rourke.
The Fleming family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Ged’s doctors and intensive care unit nurses of Lafayette General Hospital for their compassion and care over these past days, as well as the loving support of countless friends.
Because of his love for animals, memorial donations may be made to: Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana (ARFLA), directed to Post Office Box 53501, Lafayette, Louisiana 70505, or to the charitable organization of your choice.