Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home

56 Northwest Blvd., Newton, NC


Eugene "Gene" Phillip Pepe

March 10, 1947August 23, 2019

Eugene “Gene” Phillip Pepe, age 72, of Maiden, NC, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Valley Nursing Home in Taylorsville, NC. Born March 10, 1947 in Essex County, NJ, he was the son of the late Eugene Angelo Pepe and Elvira Rita Dianni Pepe.

Gene was a veteran of the US Marine Corps, having served during the Vietnam War. He retired as an auto mechanic and enjoyed working on old cars and building and riding his dune buggy. Gene was the former owner and operator of Newton Automotive in Newton, NC, and Horsefeathers Convenience Store in Denver, NC, and had worked as a crew leader for Engineer Handling Inc. in Hickory, NC.

Survivors include his son Ryan Pepe and wife, Jessie of Granite Falls; daughter, Tammy Churchman; grandchildren, Monica Pepe, Brandon Evans, and Christopher Hansley; and brothers, Thomas Pepe of Miami, FL, Anthony Pepe of Brownsmills, NJ, and Phillip Pepe of Santa Barbara, CA.

A receiving for family and friends will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Monday, September 2, 2019 at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, NC. Following the receiving, military honors will be presented by Catawba Valley Marine Corps League, Det 1163.

Condolences may be sent to the Pepe family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Monday, September 2, 2019


Eugene "Gene" Phillip Pepe

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Tammy Jennings

August 28, 2019

To Ryan and rest of the family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Gene's passing. He was a great man, wonderful friend. Gene will be missed but you will see him again someday. Now he and my sister Glenda can have their talks like old times. You are all in my prayers.

Linda Miller

August 26, 2019

Gene ,
You was loved so much from me and my children ! Your gone but you will never be forgotten! You was my A1 since day one ! 😭

We love you ❤️

Blane Tatum

August 26, 2019

I wish I could have told him personally... Gene was a huge influence in my life...
Great man!
I use the same methods to teach my techs that he used with me...
Thank you Gene, for taking a chance on a young man from Waukeenah Florida...
Prayers for all...