Barkley Eugene (Gene) Gause, 83, of Marianna, FL, went home to the Lord, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
The eldest son of former Jackson County, FL Sheriff William Barkley and Bertie Rooks Gause, was born Feb. 22, 1930. Gene has two brothers, John Preston Gause of Dothan, AL, and William Gerald Gause of Marianna.
The Gauses are well known in the tri-state area from years of public service, television and radio personalities, and mobile home sales. As a young man, he was a Seaman 1st class in the Navy Reserves, worked deliveries to the Officers Club at Graham Air Force Base, now Sunland. Gene worked with his father's logging business as a timber man, log driver, creosote pole plant operator, a dairy farmer (near Marianna Dolomite) with 100 milk cows, selling to Sealtest in Marianna, raising peanuts, corn, hogs, chickens, turkeys and rabbits.
He attended Chipola Jr. College and Troy State Teacher's College to become a science teacher. Instead, he sought his fortune and fame as a roustabout on oil rigs in Colorado, as a salesman and in American steel. Gene established the Gause name in mobile home sales in the tri-states, winning many awards for sales volume. On Saturdays, Gene sponsored for years “Nashville's Jim & Jessie & The Virginia Boys,” then local wrestling with his brother, John, as announcer on Channel 4 Dothan. Gene retired a steel worker with USX Geneva Steel, Provo, UT, before returning to Florida.
Gene is loved dearly for the hard work he never shied away from, for the fine family he and Pat raised, for the champion he was to the less fortunate or oppressed, for his devotion to his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. His quick smile and laughter, love of people, piano playing, strong arm and helping hand, service in LDS temples and sermons in church, will be missed.
Gene married (Pat) Iris Shuler of Bristol, FL, in June 1950 in the LDS Mesa, AZ temple. Together, they had seven children, Genine, William (Bill) Parley, Jim Logan, Barkley Howell, Wade Shuler, Richard Eugene and David Wayne Gause. He doted over his 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He always told the girls they were beautiful and the boys he loved them.
He will be interned at the Gregory Neil Gentry/White Springs Cemetery on Gregory Gentry Road, approximately four miles east of Bristol on Hwy. 20, south off of Hwy. 20 on White Springs Road, then east on Gregory Neil Gentry Road (graded road).
The graveside service will be held Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. EDT. Bevis Funeral Home (850-643-3636, www.bevisfh.com) is in charge of the arrangements.