George Rawlings was born on December 28, 1945 and inherited his heavenly home on March 16, 2023. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Beverly Sue Rawlings; his three brothers, Herbert, Harold, and Carrol; and many nieces and nephews. George was born in Tyler, Texas to Dr. John William Rawlings and his wife Orelia Willie Mobley Rawlings, who were married for 75 years. The family moved to Evendale, Ohio in 1951 when Dr. Rawlings became Senior Minister at Landmark Baptist Church. George and Beverly were high school sweethearts, first meeting in Cincinnati in 1961. Always a competitive athlete, George briefly ventured to Alabama on a college basketball scholarship. He quickly returned to Louisville to be with Beverly and play on the University of Louisville basketball team. George received his undergraduate and law degrees from U of L, and George and Beverly were married in 1966.During law school, George worked as an investigative reporter for the Courier-Journal, which he often described as “the best job ever”. After a short time as a partner in a local law firm, George founded The Rawlings Group in 1977. The Company is the industry leader in overpayment identification and recovery services for health insurers. The processes that George and his team piloted and the case law that they established over the years are the basis of a multi-billion dollar industry designed solely to ensure that the proper party pays medical or pharmacy claims. The Rawlings Group currently employs 1,600 people, primarily located on a 70-acre campus in LaGrange, Kentucky. Throughout the Company’s history of innovation and expertise, George guided The Rawlings Group by “the Golden Rule” – “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This philosophy of client service has been and will always be the foundation of the Company’s success.As the Company grew, George’s competitive spirit and athleticism remained a driving force. After purchasing a beautiful horse farm in Crestwood, Kentucky, George decided to learn to ride. He quickly became rather bored, and began to teach himself polo, an intensely physically demanding sport. George formed a team, Crab Orchard Polo, and competed in tournaments across the country. His efforts culminated at the U.S. Open, an international gathering of the best teams in the world. In 2007, 2008 and 2010 George led his team to victory on the polo field, then retired from the sport in 2014.Quietly in the background of George’s tremendous success in business and sports, his philanthropic activities were his greatest achievement. In 2000, George and his family founded The Rawlings Foundation, Inc. The purpose of the Foundation is to further the advancement of Christian education, values and teachings around the world, and to support those in need in local communities. To make this happen, the Foundation built and operates eleven evangelistic camps in Latin America, Asia and Africa. 400,000 young people came to know Christ in 2022 through the Foundation’s ministry, supported by countless pastors, missionaries and volunteers. The organization also operates a community center in La Grange, Kentucky, and provides substantial financial support to non-profit organizations throughout the U.S., including Christian universities and healthcare research facilities. George was an intensely private person and demonstrated unwavering humility. He was dedicated to remaining understated, if not absent, with regard to any publicity around these efforts.
Throughout his lifetime, George Rawlings was a devoted husband, son and brother, a brilliant entrepreneur, and a humble philanthropist. He enhanced the lives of millions of people through the Foundation and businesses that he built. His legacy of giving and excellence will be felt for many years to come. To celebrate the life of Mr. Rawlings, visitations will be held at CityPlace, 112 South 1st Street, La Grange, KY. There will be two visitation times: Thursday, March 23 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm; and Friday, March 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Memorial gifts to honor the memory of Mr. Rawlings can be made to:
The Rawlings Foundation, PO Box 794, La Grange, KY 40031
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