George W. Church, Sr.
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||10 February 1903, San Antonio, USA|
|Death||17 May 1956, Portsmouth, USA (aged 53 years)|
George William Church Sr. (February 10, 1903 – May 17, 1956) was an American businessman, the founder of Church's Chicken. He founded the business on April 17, 1952, and willed the business to his son, George W. "Bill" Church Jr., upon his death in 1956. His son further built the franchise with his partner David Bamberger, before later selling it. Prior to his retirement, he was an incubator salesman.
Church was born in Wise, Virginia in 1903, and he moved to San Antonio, Texas, at some point in his life.
On April 17, 1952, Church started Church's Fried Chicken-To-Go, across the road from The Alamo. He married Mabel Church (1909-1985) and had 5 children, including George W. Church Jr. (December 23, 1932 – February 7, 2014).
Church died suddenly in Portsmouth, Virginia, on May 17, 1956, at the age of 53. His son continued operations of the business in 1962.