W. Eugene Burrell

October 27, 1934 - December 30, 2020

W. Eugene Burrell, 86, of Fannett, died Wednesday, December 30, 2020. He was born on October 27, 1934, in Beaumont, to Louise DeVillier Burrell and Walter Jordan Burrell. Eugene served in the United States Army from 1955-1957, stationed in Germany. He began farming rice at the age of 18 and then continued farming rice after returning from the service and farmed for fifty-two years. He was also a cattle rancher for over seventy years.

Eugene was a member of numerous boards. He served on the ARI Board in Houston for several years as well as the American Rice Growers Board in Cheek. He was a member of the board of trustees for Hamshire-Fannett ISD for several years. He also served on the Coastal Cattlemen’s Association Board. Eugene was a member of the Equalization Board for the Jefferson County Appraisal District. Eugene served as a Board member of the West Jefferson Municipal Water District for 30 years. He was also a member of the Texas Rice Festival with Sandra and volunteered for many years. He was the Farmer of the Year in 1999 and the Pioneer Farmer in 2017. Eugene was a member of St. Mary’s Fannett Knights of Columbus organization.

Eugene, Dad, Pawpaw, Boogie, and Fred were names that his friends and family lovingly called him. He attended numerous sporting events, football, basketball, track, volleyball, cheerleading, band and baseball for his kids and grandkids.

Eugene was loved by many family and friends and always had a smile on his face when visiting with them, until you used something from his shop and DID NOT put it back in the right spot.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Sandra Ray Burrell; daughters, Karen Burrell Reneau and her husband, Charlie and Kelly Burrell Alton and her husband, Randy; son, Troy Eugene Burrell and his wife, Shelly; grandchildren, Landon Reneau and his wife, Hillary; William Reneau and his wife, Amanda; Lane Stuart; Reid Alton; Mary Alton; Abby Alton; Cameron Burrell and his wife, Lauren; and Cody Burrell; great-grandchildren, Eli Reneau, Ella Reneau, and Bryar Burrell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, James “Jack” Burrell.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund, 9894 Gilbert Road, Beaumont, Texas 77705.

A gathering of Mr. Burrell’s family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. His graveside service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2021, at Landrum Cemetery, Fannett.

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Graveside Service

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  • hwy 124 fannette tx 77705
  • 01/04/2021
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Gathering of Family and Friends

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  • 2000 mcfaddin street beaumont tx 77701
  • 01/03/2021
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Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue

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  • 2000 mcfaddin avenue beaumont tx 77701

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Wayne & Stacy Wilber

Our condolences to you all in your loss of Eugene. Eugene was a good man, helpful to all and always with a kind greeting. Peace be with you all.

Lea Ann Johse Cossey

I'm so sorry for your loss


Sorry for your loss. He was a nice man.

Jimmy Peavy

I'm so sorry to hear Mr. Burrell has passed. He was a really good friend to my father and me. I squirrel hunted on his property for almost a lifetime. He always had a genuine smile, and was a generous man. My heart felt sympathies to the entire family on their loss.

Yvonne Stanley

Sad heart on loosing a good man my prayers go to all the family and friends

Cheryl Revia

Sorry to hear of your loss. (Momma) Doris Davidson Broussard grew up with the family Aunt Louise & Uncle Walter were so good to be around. Prayers for all of you.

Randy Ray

Burrell Family, Our prayers are with you. Uncle Eugene was a great man and taught me a lot about growing up, patience and how to be caring and sharing. Yall's place was always the most fun to hang out at and I will never forget the family gatherings we would have. Christmas was the best. Maybe Uncle Eugene will be able to help the Cowboys get better from Heaven. God knows they need it. We Love You and Miss You. Kindest Regards, Randy, Nicole, Abigail, Olivia Ray

Amy and Bryan Shippey

I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Eugene's passing. He was so loved. I don't think I can ever remember seeing him without that wonderful smile. I love you all and will be thinking of you through this hard time.

Martha Clubb Aucoin & Glenn Harrison

So sorry for your loss.. Prayers for all.

The Dearbonne Family

Our sincere condolences to the Burrell Family. You all are in our prayers. RIP Mr. Burrell

Betty Gaspard Peebles

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Patty Revia

Sending prayers to the family, my thoughts are with all of you.

Michelle & Randy O’Bannion

We are truly sorry for your loss.

Mazie and Donald East

I am saddened to hear of the loss of my lifelong friend! My heart and prayers go out to all the family! I love you all!

Judi and Ronnie Benoit

Ronnie and I are so sorry to hear about Eugene. You will all be in our prayers. Go rest high upon that mountain.

Rose Marie Elkins Hester

Eugene was a special person. He was always dressed as neet as a pen. He always had a smile that could launch a thousand ship Sorry for he loss.

Ronnie & Peggy Sterling Scarborough/Georgetown, TX

Sandra and family, know you are being thought of from across the miles. What a legacy Eugene left! Good man loved by many.

Rose Marie Elkins Hester

Eugene was always dressed as neet as a pin. He has a smile that could launch a thousand ships. He will be missed. God bless.

David and Denise Farson

We are sorry to hear of Eugene's passing. Your family is in our prayers. God will continue to give you strength.

Barbara & Tom Leicht

Sandra & family,, Barbara and I are so sorry to hear about Gene. He was a long time friend and we enjoyed the many social gatherings. May His Soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, Rest-In-Peace.

Hermie and Meng Lanuza

Sarah , we are very sorry for your loss. We remember Mr. Eugene at Saint Mary’s Church. We are praying for you and your family and may his soul Rest In Peace of Christ. Love you Ms. Sarah❤️

June Harrison DuBois

Sandra..my prayers are with you and your family. I know you have so many memories to treasure ❤️

Nina Clubb Marshall

Praying for strength, peace, & comfort for the Burrell family during this time of sorrow.

Becky Gatewood

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Steve & Becky Gatewood

Peggy Craigen

Sorry hear of the passing of EUGENE

Mary Taylor Goss

So sorry for your loss. I know Uncle Eugene will be missed. Prayers for all.

Terry Taylor Martino

I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Eugene. My thought and prayers are with y’all. He will always be remembered and we will keep those memories close to our hearts!