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George John Roy Jr., 83, Augusta, Ga.

George John Roy Jr., 83, of Augusta, Ga., formerly of La Plata, died Nov. 30, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Born April 19, 1929, in Oceanside, Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of the late Esther and the late George John Roy Sr.

Capt. Roy graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in the summer of 1951. His Coast Guard aviation career spanned 25 years and more than 6,000 flight hours in every aircraft type in the USCG inventory. He participated in hundreds of air rescue missions throughout his career and was awarded many medals and commendations for his selfless and brave service. In 1972 he took command of Coast Guard Airbase, Kodiak, Alaska. In 1974 he transferred for his final tour to USCG Headquarters as deputy chief of staff. In this position he personally selected and directed the procurement of much of the Coast Guard’s current modern aviation assets, including the French Falcón jet and Dauphine helicopters.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jacquelin Ashley Roy.

He is survived by his children, Patricia Ann Roy, George John Roy III and Todd Asher Roy; grandchildren, Hunter Roy Coates, George John Roy IV, Jared Doyle Roy, Patrick Roy, Zachery Bernui Roy, Blaine Asher Roy and Chance Austin Roy; great-grandchildren, Hanna and Dayna Coates; and sister, Ester Jean Purnell of Wellington, Fla.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at New Life Wesleyan Chapel, La Plata. The Rev. Aaron Rummage will officiate. Burial will take place later at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Arrangements are being handled by Raymond Funeral Service, La Plata.