Eugene “Gene” Bunn
Mr. Eugene “Gene” Bunn, age 92, of the Clear Lake Community in Blytheville, passed from this life on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at his home. Born to Cecil A. and Martha Louise Wilson Bunn in Steele, Missouri, he was a member of the Clear Lake Baptist Church where he served as the oldest surviving Deacon and was a “retired but still active” farmer. Gene was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Joyce Ball Bunn, and siblings John Benjamin “J.B.” Bunn, and Evelyn Conley Scott.
Gene was a unique individual who loved life and lived it to its fullest every day. His life was one that people saw him live out by example through touching every life he came in contact with. His “laid back” attitude allowed you to be able to talk to Gene with confidence and to share and joke with him. Gene was a man who also never lacked the ability to have a quote or saying to fit the occasion and use it to bring a smile to your face. He was a devoted, loving, and precious husband of 66 years, father and grandfather who made sure that Christ was the center of their home. He taught his children to grow up with the Ten Commandments and to learn the golden rule. He also made sure that everything they did was done as a family together. Gene was a part of a very special generation who knew what it was to have honest values and that your word meant everything and a handshake was a solemn contract. Gene loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, “Frog Gigger”, and fisherman. He was a really good fisherman and knew all the good spots to make sure he didn’t come home empty handed. He loved to squirrel hunt and would sit on his back porch with his gun in his “Squirrel Blind” and make sure those squirrels didn’t get his pecans. He loved the time spent with his family, especially when he would place the grandchildren on his knees and sing to them while he would rock his chair. If it involved time with his family he was happy to be doing it no matter what. From hunting diamonds at the diamond fields to hunting for arrowheads he loved to spend time with family. As a friend Gene would encourage you and be there for you no matter what you were going through. He would share little nuggets of wisdom and tell you it was going to be all right. Gene also loved to raise a garden and share what he had with others. His “garden” was usually a very big area that produced a lot. His vegetables also won ribbons at the county fair. As a humble person who would never boast about himself, I guess you could say, “Gene was a good man.” That in itself speaks volumes about a man who will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Gene is survived by his children, Brenda Folkner of Blytheville, Ilene Moore of Blytheville, Donna (Mark) Pitner of Booneville, Mississippi, Janice Copeland of Blytheville; brother Harold (Jane) Bunn of Corinth, Mississippi, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters in law, Doris (Larry) Coleman of Blytheville, and Carol Britt of Blytheville, and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hershel Conley and Rev. Coy Camp officiating. Burial will be private and the family will receive friends Sunday, December 30, 2018 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm at Cobb Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.cobbfuneralhome.com.