George William Amerson was born June, 11, 1938, in Petersburg, Texas, and left the world a better place on May 19, 2013.
A Realtor since 1975, he was a member of the MetroTex and Henderson County Association of Realtors, serving twice as president of HCBR. George was a founding partner of Uptown Realtors.
George is survived by partner of 42 years, Mike Grossman; children, Laura and Devon Cloud, and Barney and Stephanie Grossman; and grandchildren, Miles and Rachel Grossman, who will miss their Papa George.
George and Mike were married in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2013, on the occasion of their 42nd anniversary.
George’s surviving siblings are Ruby Embry of Lubbock; Eva Loue and Mike Brula of San Antonio; Glenda and Bill Ware of Arlington; and Dwight Amerson of Dallas. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and their children.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Eva and Raymond Amerson; and brother, John.
George was active in the LGBT community since the early 1980s. He and Mike were among the founders of Oak Lawn Community Services. He was a volunteer for the the Experience Weekend and helped bring the event to Dallas many times. He volunteered for the Human Rights Campaign and was among the founders of the Dallas Way: The GLBT History Project. George was a member of the choir at the Cathedral of Hope for many years, and more recently at First Methodist Church.
Charles Terry Anderson Jr., a longtime resident of Dallas and member of the gay community, died on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 71.
Charles was born Oct. 27, 1941, in Tyler, the only child of Charles T. Anderson of Grand Saline and Vernelle Thedford Anderson of Tyler.
Charles had an outstanding academic career, graduating with honors from Tyler Junior College and later completing his studies at UT-Austin, where he was named to the Dean’s List of Outstanding Students, received a Distinguished Service Award from the University of Texas Press and was nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, and his master’s degree, cum laude, from that university.
After college, Charles worked in administrative positions for the hotel industry, earning awards for his contributions to that industry. In 1986, he became Library Assistant for the Dallas Morning News and in his 10 years there, provided research for five series of articles that earned the Pulitzer Prize.
He concluded his professional career with Southwest Airlines, where he received numerous awards from the company.
In 2009, Charles published In Illustrious Company, a collection of his essays on literature. Charles is survived by many beloved family members and numerous cherished friends.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 24, 2013.