George Lawrence Bland, 93, of Grantsville, West Virginia died September 12, 2002 at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Grantsville, following a long illness.

Born March 9, 1909 in Calhoun County, he was a retired construction worker and farmer and was a member of the Enon Baptist Church at Grantsville. He was widely known for his wood whittling abilities and was an accomplished gardener.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Lillian Fowler Bland and three sons and their wives, Donald Nelson and Virginia Bland of Libby, Montana, James L. and Jeanie Bland of Elizabeth, West Virginia and David and Sharon Bland of Pasadena, Maryland; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.J. and Laura Johnson Bland; three brothers and two sisters.