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Mr. George Gbono Caphart
Sunrise - June 22, 1949 Sunset - July 16, 2011

The Caphart family announces with deep sorrow the passing of George Gbono Caphart, in his 62nd year, on July 16, 2011 at his home in New Wood Camp, Paynesville, Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia. George, affectionately called Gbono or Georgie, has been ill for a protracted period. The family, while profoundly grieved by the loss, is consoled by the fact that he now lies comfortably in the bosom of the Almighty, joining our parents, sister and children who departed before him.

Born on June 22, 1949, Gbono was the oldest of the Caphart children. In his role as the oldest, he was the trailblazer, and we the younger siblings adored him. He gave our surname the unique spelling (Caphart, instead of Capehart), and he renamed some of his younger siblings (Reginald, from William; Jonathan, from John; Emma was changed to Theresa briefly and the late Mammie was renamed Georgia but their names did not stick). Gbono was a leader. During his formative years in Brick Camp One, Harbel, he was the head of all the young people within his age group. They looked up to him and he led them on excursions to the nearby Roberts International Airport to rummage. He was their hero. Like all anxious youths, Gbono would run afoul of the authorities, and he would be arrested, then Nah and Sarday and Gio-Boy would come hounding (crying their hearts out) his parents to intervene and release him from the Harbel market jail.

Sometime in the early 1960s, Gbono decided to leave Harbel and he moved to Tapita, Nimba County with the Johnson family, our neighbor who had just been retired by the Firestone Plantation Company. Always ambitious, Gbono reappeared in Monrovia in the mid 1960s, where he became a member of the Nyonnoh household. George was a very friendly and outgoing person. While living in Monrovia, mainly in the Busey Quarter, Bassa Community and Soniwhen areas during the 60s, 70s and 80s, he became a household name in those communities.

George loved music. He always had a copy of the latest record that was playing on the radio; his music collection was voluminous. George also loved a good time, which also took him through the Mt. Barclay and Lower Careysburg hamlets, wherein he was immortalized in song (Menzohn-yhou-Gbono) by the renowned Manban musical artist, King George.

By 1969, while in high school (Peoples College), Gbono joined the SSS (Special Security Service). George left home at an early age, but his determination made him the icon he became for all who knew him. While in the SSS, George rose through the ranks to become a colonel. George was among a group of officers that was sent to Romania in 1974 for advance training. George later became a special assistant to former Foreign Minister Dennis, a position which enabled him to travel abroad frequently (including a couple of visits to the U.S.). Colonel Caphart's last assignment was as special assistant to Minister Wesseh MacClain, which ended when he suffered a stroke in 1999. George's profession had its challenges and personal difficulties, particularly during upheavals in the nation, including the 1980 coup and the 1989 invasion that resulted in a prolonged civil war. George was separated from his family during the war for a very long time, which contributed to the loss of his three young sons. George was retired from the SSS on July 28, 2007.

It was 1973 when George met Oretha Weah, the love of his life. They went on to have three children, two of whom predeceased him. Oretha has nurtured her husband through the past 12 years of his debilitating illness. No greater love or devotion surpasses Oretha's total dedication to George for almost 40 years. We shall miss dearly our spouse, father, brother, uncle, and loving friend, particularly sister Oretha who has lost a lifelong friend, companion, love and soul-mate. May his soul rest in perpetual peace.
Mr. George Gbono Caphart leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife, Mrs. Oretha Weah Caphart; his remaining six children (Theresa "TC" Caphart Cummings, Tormah G. Caphart, Mardea N. Caphart, Thomas Caphart, Meneegirl Caphart and Rockie Caphart); his siblings (Jonathan Teetehma, Martha Yeatee, Reggie Gonzaga Vaiyon, Emma Yodeh, Nathaniel Alfred, Richard Sarday, Annie, Randolph Deddeh, Jehu and Mardea); his nieces, nephews, an aunt (Zoe Gbonzue Dennis), cousins and a host of relatives, friends and well-wishers. His children (Minigirl, Reggie, Chea and Bonnieboy), his father, Mr. Isaac Caphart, his mother, Mrs. Menzohn Caphart, and his sister, Mrs. Dekontee Caphart Elliott predeceased him.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

A Silent Wake will be held on the evening (6:00 PM) of Thursday August 4, 2011 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Gbono Caphart in New Wood Camp, Paynesville.

Funeral The Funeral procession from Abraham Roberts Funeral Home will commence at 8:00 AM and proceed to the Wake and funeral to be held beginning at 9:00 AM on Friday August 5, 2011 at St. Kisito Roman Catholic Church in Paynesville, followed by the Burial in Mt. Barclay.

Immediately following the Burial, family and well-wishers are invited to the Caphart compound in Mt. Barclay for a Repast.

Contacts:
" Oretha Weah Caphart 077-279040
" Theresa "TC" Caphart Cummings 06-603110 & 077-803034
" Tormah G. Caphart 06-212943
" Madea N. Caphart 06-642646
" Jonathan Caphart 05-405439
" Martha Caphart 077-794332
" Reggie Caphart 718-815-1106
" Emma Caphart 06-593946
" Nathaniel Caphart 06-478644
" Richard Caphart, Sr. 077-519463
" Randolph Caphart 06-564643
" Jehu Caphart 06-903038


 

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