Gene Arnold Whisenhant
Gene Whisenhant, 84, of Kountze, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Livingston, Texas on January 31, 1937. Gene is the son of the late Ernest and Tony Whisenhant of Kountze, Texas. Gene was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Kountze, Texas.
Those to cherish his memories are his loving wife of sixty years, Jo Ann Whisenhant of Kountze, Texas; his four sons and their families, Cynthia and Lindsey Whisenhant of Woodville Texas, Kathryn and Wallace Whisenhant, Angela and Leslie Whisenhant, and Amy and Wayland Whisenhant, all of Kountze, Texas; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Barry, Matthew, Mark, Hayley, Kyle, Chase, and Trevor Whisenhant; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ernestine Tevis of Lumberton, Texas and Vivian Overstreet of Kountze, Texas; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives.
Gene was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all. But most of all he loved his wife Jo Ann who was most appreciated and loved by him. He could always be heard telling her,“We make a perfect team”.
His most cherished moments were spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and those most close to him. He dedicated and committed his life to all those he loved. He enjoyed following and supporting the activities of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, “the little ones”. His most appreciated times were having one on one conversations with each of them.
Gene had many close friends in the community and in the life he led. Gene touched the lives of many as a family and as a friend. He was loved and respected by many. He will be remembered for his enduring commitment to his family, his tremendous work ethic, his selflessness and unwavering love for family, friends, and community. He believed in the good of all.
Gene began life as a child in Livingston, Texas. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Anahuac, Texas then finally to Kountze, Texas. He attended public schools in Kountze and graduated early from KISD at the age of 16. Gene started his career early in life at the age of 17, going to work for the Humble Oil company, his ongoing career would include working in the teaching, oil and gas, refining and logistics industries. Gene had wonderful and dynamic career which was supported by a strong education and a continued desire for learning. He attended Lamar University and graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in mathematics while also earning his masters. Upon graduation he taught public school for five years. He taught school in Spurger, Texas, Sour Lake (Hardin-Jefferson), Texas, and Kountze, Texas. Shortly thereafter he went to work for the Halliburton Corporation in Beaumont, Texas as a district manager. After spending ten years with Halliburton, Gene went to work for Lamar Universities Oil and Gas Drilling Institute as an instructor and manager. Following his tenure at Lamar, Gene worked for the Swift corporation before finally going to work for the Mobil Oil Corporation in Beaumont, Texas as a maintenance manager for the refinery. Gene went on to spend thirty years with Mobil Oil excelling in various positions and assignments. After retiring from Mobil Oil Gene enjoyed his time in the community as well as time spent in the outdoors managing his properties and forestry. In life Gene believed in community service and served as a member of the Kountze Fire Department, Kountze ISD School Board and Kountze Masonic Lodge. He received numerous awards in his career and for community service. Gene was special to us all and will be greatly missed by all.
A gathering of Gene’s family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at First United Methodist Church, 1015 South Pine Street, Kountze, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. A private graveside service will be held for his family.
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Gathering of Family and Friends
First United Methodist Church – Kountze
- , , Kountze, TX, 77625,
- September 15, 2021
- 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Old Hardin Cemetery
- , , Kountze, TX, 77625,