Gene is a 2nd-generation funeral director and embalmer and has been affiliated with Chattanooga Funeral Home since the 1950s, serving as president and florist from 1974. Gene attended the University of Chattanooga, obtained an associate's degree in education at a junior college in Nashville, and is a graduate of John A. Gupton Mortuary College. A 1959 licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Tennessee and Georgia, he oversees 4 funeral homes, 2 cemeteries, a florist and the Chattanooga Care Center.
Gene is a member of the Chairman's Council since 1985 and has served as a longtime chairman of the board for John A. Gupton Mortuary College. Serving in various organizations in Chattanooga through the years, Gene is the past president and board member of the Walter B. Boehm Birth Defect Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chattanooga, Contact of Chattanooga Telephone Ministry and the Half Century Club of Chattanooga. He currently serves as the vice president of awards for the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge-Chattanooga Chapter, a half-century member and past president of the Civitan Club and a lifetime honorary member of the Chattanooga Chapter Vietnam Veterans. In 2002, Gene received the East Brainerd Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award. He serves as a deacon and was the past finance chairman and president of the Friendship Sunday School Class at Ridgedale Baptist Church, where he and his wife attend church.
Married since 1959, Gene and his wife have a son, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.
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