Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1947 RJC

Gene Williams THOMAS EUGENE "GENE" WILLIAMS, 81, of Breckenridge, TX, died on Feb. 17, 2012 at his daughter's home in Katy, TX. Gene was born May 26, 1930 in Ranger, TX to Samuel T. & Vesta Elizabeth Williams. He attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1947. He married Evelyn Marie Hargrave (RHS-1950), his high school sweetheart, in Sept. of 1949 in Ranger. He served his country in the Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. Gene was a Field Supervisor for BJ Services where he treated oil wells across Texas and Louisiana for over 40 years. After a one-year stay at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston with his wife Evelyn, Gene received a life- saving heart transplant in 1996. He exemplified courage and determination over the past 17 years through numerous medical challenges. His focus, fight, and will are a testament to his character and an example for his grand- children. Pawpaw, as he was known to his grandchildren, displayed a gentle, kind, loyal and patient nature to all who knew him. He was happiest when surrounded by family or tinkering in his garage. He also enjoyed watching his family play football, the Dallas Cowboys, and most recently the Houston Texans. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Evelyn, of 61 years. Survivors include daughters Gina Devenport and husband Mike of Gatesville and Vina Wulf and husband Gary of Katy; son Kelsey Williams and wife BranDee of Midland; younger brothers Charles Williams (RHS-1950) and wife Fran of Georgia and Herbert Williams (RHS-1953) and wife Mary Jo Stie (RHS-1954) of Ranger; seven grand- children: Shane Devenport and wife Averie, Michelle Devenport, Kiely Whitham & husband Tyler, Shanah Wulf, Colby Wulf, Bryce Williams and wife Paige, and Kam Williams; and two great-grandchildren: Gwynn Devenport and Major Williams; and numerous loved ones.