Eugene was the sixth child of twelve children born June 5, 1934, to
Glenn Rose and Elnetta Thomas in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Shamrock, Texas.
“Big Nose” as he was known to many, was a strong man, having served in the military and spent most of his working life with diesel tires. He worked many years for Navajo Trucking with his brother-in-law, Wilburn “Bo” Brigham, and worked for Ted Lokey Oil and Tire in Amarillo, Texas.
There is a dash between the year we are born and the year we die. The dash covers the years lived, the people we loved, and the things we have done. Eugene’s dash was long and colorful. In his later years, he developed Alzheimer’s and dementia, but seemed to remember his family’s faces and names. He would have been 87 years old on his birthday.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Willie; Glenn Rose, Jr.; Quill; Burnia Dean; and James Earl. He was also preceded by his sisters: Velma; Thelma; and Lorene; and infants Kathleen and Kathrene. Additionally, his children who preceded him in death were Ellen and Charles.
Eugene leaves behind his children: Maxine; Carol; Michael; David; Glenn; James; Gene; Brenda; Cheryl; Pam; and Valerie. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He also leaves his only surviving sibling, Irene Chilton, of New York City.
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