Class of 1953
1953 Maroon Spotlight
F.F.A. 49-53, Band 49-51, Home Room Vice-President 52-53, Wrestling 49-53, Football 52-53.
Walter Eugene “Gene” Thompson
September 7, 1935 – August 2, 2023
Gene Thompson, age 87, of Lubbock, Texas and formerly of Seagraves, Texas passed away, Wednesday, August 2, 2023.
He was born September 7, 1935, in Perry, Oklahoma to the late Kenneth and Gladys (Bowman) Thompson.
Gene married his high school sweetheart, Bernell Feken, December 19, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Perry, Oklahoma. To this union of 68 years, five children were born.
In 1967, Gene’s work took the family on a move to Seagraves, Texas, with his work being custom combining. Gene harvested crops from Texas to Canada. He also, worked in the oil field for various drilling contractors. Gene completed his work life working for Gaines County Precinct 1.
Upon retirement, Gene and Bernell enjoyed traveling in their RV to many places, including the Big Bend National Park, Texas Hill Country and Ruidoso, New Mexico. Gene’s favorite travel destination was the Big Bend.
After residing in Seagraves 54 years in May 2021, Gene and Bernell moved to Lubbock, Texas.
Gene is survived by his wife Bernell, daughter Diann Hill (Tony) of Lubbock, sons, David (Liz) of Midland, Aaron (Marenda) of Lubbock, Craig of Lubbock, Troy of Seagraves, Texas. Grandchildren Rocky, Dusty, Derek, Katie, Emily, Lauren, Logan and Travis. Great grandchildren: Leah, Jaxen, Connor, Lincoln, and great-great grandchild, Emilia.
He is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Gladys Thompson, brothers Lyell, Jack, Donald Thompson and sister Mariella Thompson Crews.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am at the Gaines County Cemetery in Seagraves, Texas. Rev. Cam Givan will preside over the service.