The Rev. George Leanous Washington, 65, who retired in May after nearly 38 years as the pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Washington, died of cardio-respiratory arrest Sunday at the Washington Hospital Center.

He was a member of the executive board of the Hampton Institute Ministers' Conference and had been chariman of both the Program Committee of the Baptist Convention of the District of Columbia and the College Fund Committee of the Baptist Ministers' Convention of Washington.

A former chaplain of the River Terrace Civic Association, he has received two awards for outstanding community services from the Northeast Boundary Civic Association.

Mr. Washington was born in Powhatan County, Va., and came to Washington in 1931. Following graduation from Dunbar High School, he attended Virginia Union Univerisy, where he prepared for the ministry, was a member of the debate team and the university choir.

He preached his trial sermon at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington. In July 1941, Mr. Washington was elected pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Robert Lee, of the home in Washington; a daughter, Rosemary Scott, of Oxon Hill; two sisters, Josephine Phigpin of Powhatan County, and Ellen Miller, of Richmond; a brother Samuel, of Detroit, and three grandchildren.