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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen, TX

OBITUARY

Eugene Moment

January 20, 1944June 24, 2020
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Eugene Larry Moment was born January 20, 1944 in Villa Rica, Georgia. He is the first-born child of Olin F. Moment and Johnnie Mae (Lovett) Moment. Eugene Moment died on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at his home. Funeral services will be 11AM on Wednesday July 1, 2020 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, TX. Interment will occur at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX. Eugene Moment married Thongmien Meeros on November 11, 1971 in Bangkok, Thailand. Together, they lived in Daegu, Korea and Killeen, Texas for 48 years. During his career in the US Army, SSG(R) Eugene Moment completed two combat tours in Vietnam and retired from active duty in 1986. In 1988, he began a career at the United States Postal Service until his retirement in 2004. During retirement, he enjoyed competitive fishing and won several tournaments. Eugene Moment is survived by his wife: Thongmien Moment, two brothers: Roger and Matthew; two sisters-in-law: Kara and Linda; five children: Suchai Moment, Lertchai Moment, Khaimook Callicutt, Wanne Smith, Debbie Rogers; three sons-in-law: Tim Smith, Bobby Callicutt, Elliott Leon Rogers; two daughters-in-Iove: Mixila Castillo and Mai Vargo; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a host of loving and much-loved relatives.

The family will receive visitors from 11am-12pm Wednesday July 1, 2020 at the Funeral Home.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Memories

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Wanne Smith

June 29, 2020

Hi Dad,
There is so many memories I have of you and it would take weeks to tell it.
But here is one that show what a kind and loving father you are. You took all of us to a snake farm to get me over my fear of them. When everyone got out the car, I lock the door and would not get out . You said c'mon let go unlock car door and I would hold your hand all the way in there. We went in. You hold my hand while I have my eyes close.
Well dad the fear never go away but the memory of you holding and guild me though that room and life's will be with me forever.
My heart hurt but I am rejoice in knowing that you are not suffering anymore.
I love you and don't worry about mom. We will take good care of her. 💙💙💙

Bobby Callicutt

June 28, 2020

Pop,
We lost a major piece of our family. You showed me what unlimited love for family really means. From driving 650 miles to help us move into our home or when you drove from Texas to Tennessee and then we loaded up to drive to Dayton Florida just to see your grandson play Pop Warner Football. I want to say thank you for allowing a young man 32yrs ago to join an amazing family and all the life lesson you taught me. I promise you I will not let you down! #1family1lovestaystrong #2gether4ever

DEBBIE ROGERS

June 28, 2020

Hi Dad or shall I say Ole Man,

My heart hearts to know that you not going to here. But my heart also know that your at peace. I'm just happy to have had the chance to spend the time that we had. Thank you for being the best father, teacher and role model. Thank you for helping in those time difficulties but most of all thank you for your love. You showed me what kind a man I knew I needed in my life. I knew once you blessed off on him he would be the one. And of course you and mom did. Thank you for making our lives better and always pushing us to do better. Rest now ole man. We will take care of mom. I love you always . Rest in peace daddy.

Your loving daughter,
Debbie

Elliott Rogers

June 28, 2020

Dad,
Thank you for so many memories. You were a great role model and showed me how to be a husband and father. I enjoyed our many fishing trips and sleeping in the middle of Belton Lake waiting for the fish to start biting. You taught me the value of compromise in a marriage and you epitomized the saying,"Happy Wife, Happy Life." I thank you for trusting me to raise Corteir. Your love for him was awesome to witness. Rest in heaven, Love Elliott Leon Rogers

Marisela Otero

June 26, 2020

My name is Marisela Otero and I work with Cassandra at the Texas Workforce Commission. Cassandra has shared some wonderful memories that she had of her grandfather. Based on the pictures, Mr. Eugene Moment lead a beautiful and bountiful life. He loved and was loved.

On behalf of my family I express my deepest condolences to all of you.

Marisela, Omar, and Sebastian Otero

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Biography

An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Eugene, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Eugene really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

       His parents were Olin F. Moment and Johnnie Mae Moment. Eugene was raised in Georgia, Germay, Missouri and Kansas. Even as a child, Eugene had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Eugene was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Eugene managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Eugene was raised with two siblings. He had two younger brothers, Roger Moment and Matthew Moment.

      All of Eugene's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Eugene experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in baseball and football. He was a member of 4-H. In his spare time he liked fishing. Eugene's memorable achievements included.

      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Eugene was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Eugene simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Eugene, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Eugene's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Eugene graduated from Junction City High School, Kansas in May 28, 1963. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes in high school were auto shop and math. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Miss West.

      Eugene reveled in his college years, where his imagination could run free. He was viewed by many of his classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Eugene was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. He was a jovial person who loved to share his passion for fun with others. But for Eugene, life was not a case of all play and no work. Eugene relished the task of putting his imagination to work in class. He was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. His favorite course was math.

      Eugene never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Eugene to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Eugene delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Eugene was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Eugene utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Later in life, he became friends with Rogers, Carter and Winston. Eugene loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Eugene very easy to approach. On November 11, 1971 Eugene exchanged wedding vows with Thongmien Meeros at United States Embassy of Bangkok, Thailand. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Eugene related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Eugene was blessed with five children, two sons, Suchai Moment, Lertchai Moment, and three daughters, Khaimook Callicutt, Wanne Smith and Debbie Rogers. They were also blessed with fourteen grandchildren, Cortier Rogers, Erin Rogers, Cassandra Johnson, Erik Johnson, Phillip Lee, Anthony Moment, Tyhesha Calbert, Dennis Callicutt, MacGyver Moment, Whitney Alvarez,Bri Miles, Natasha Moment. Eugene had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Eugene's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Eugene had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Eugene was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Eugene liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Eugene was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Eugene's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Eugene as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was US Army for eighteen years and US Postal Service for sixteen years.

      Eugene was in the Army. He did two combat tours in Vietnam, three tours in South Korea, and Fort Hood, Texas. Eugene saw two combat tours during Vietnam war, three tours during in Defense of South Korea. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He received several awards including a Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), Vietnam Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbion, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.

      Eugene enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Eugene liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were fishing and hunting. Eugene was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Eugene felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Eugene loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Eugene relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Eugene never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. In high school, Eugene played football. In his college years, Eugene continued to stay active by playing football. Recreational sports included softball and fishing. Eugene was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was baseball.

      Eugene had an endless appetite for new and different activities. He was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Eugene's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. Throughout his later years, Eugene was an active member of the Bass Anglers Association.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Eugene just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Las Vegasn NV and Shreveport, LA.

      Eugene was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Eugene's favorites was Border Collie Moses, Toy Poodle Pro Bear, Cocker Spaniel Max. They were best friends for Moses for ten years, Po Bear ten years and Max sixteen years.

      Eugene believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 1986 from the military and 2004 from the post office, Eugene took it in stride as one more way to have fun. He retired in Killeen, Texas. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Eugene remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, he found new pleasure in tournament fishing. Even in retirement, Eugene continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Eugene passed away on June 24, 2020 at at his home in Killeen, Texas. Eugene fought a brave battle against Parkinsons. He is survived by his brothers,children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Eugene was laid to rest in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

      Eugene brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. He will be remembered with a smile.