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Rogersville: Rev. Eugene "Gene" W. Whited left his longtime hometown of Rogersville, Tennessee and entered his heavenly home on September 15, 2011. Born on July 25, 1924, in the tiny town of Appalachia,Virginia, to Robert and Bessie Whited, he recently celebrated his 87th birthday. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Harry Whited and wife, Pauline. A decorated Army veteran of World War II, where he stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, Gene earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for bravery when he and a fellow soldier risked their lives transporting wounded men from the battle lines during intense enemy fire in the hills of Europe. Despite heavy rainfall and nearly impassable roads, the two men returned again and again to the war zone, not stopping until they had moved all the injured to safety.

Gene was recognized as a hero abroad and also at home. He married the joy of his life, Dorothy Stines Whited, 60 years ago and cherished her until his final breath. He was "Daddy," a devoted father to his three daughters, Louise Clouse, Sandy Harrell and Shela Davis and loved as a father by his three sons-in-law, Patrick Clouse, Bobby Harrell and Bob Davis. He also was an involved, entertaining and beloved grandfather to Mark Seal, Matthew Seals, Michael Seal, Rick Stuffle, Tara Jones, Charity Waters, Erica Foster, Katy Davis and Christopher Clouse; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Deloria Hickman of Norton, VA.

Gene touched countless lives and was known as the man with the kind heart, quick smile and even quicker wit. His conversations were peppered with colloquialisms from his early years in Appalachia, prompting even Northerners to appreciate his fondness for the South.

Gene previously served as pastor of Beech Creek Baptist Church, where he modeled his love for faith and family. More recently, he was a member of East Rogersville Baptist Church. Although he tired easily and was weak from illness in his final months, Gene's faith in the goodness of God never wavered.

He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW Post 9543 , Overton Lodge No. 5 F. & A.M., and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Calling hours will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville. A Masonic service will be conducted by Overton Lodge No. 5 F. & A.M. prior to the funeral service.

Funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Sunday, September 18, 2011 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Steve Owenby and Rev. Matthew Seals officiating. Graveside service will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 19, 2011 at Courtney Cemetery with military honors provided by Hawkins County Color Guard and Tennessee Army National Guard.

In Lieu of Flowers donations may be made to East Rogersville Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Fund, 1100 East McKinney Ave., Rogersville, TN 37857

Online condolences may be made at

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Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville is serving the Whited family.

 

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