Eugene Gailord Jr., 82, died from complications following the diagnosis of pneumonia
and COVID-19 on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at Scripps Mercy Hospital. He was born August
16, 1939 in Houston, Texas, the son of Eugene and Hattie Gailord. He was the youngest of their
four children and the only boy. Sisters: Emma Johnson, Frances Williams, and Geraldine Lamb.
Eugene loved sports: track, baseball, football, golf, etc. While attending Yates High
School, he took advantage of his love of sports. He excelled in all, but mostly in football.
Eugene graduated from Yates High School in 1958 and attended Texas Southern
University. But before completion, Eugene enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After boot camp he was
transferred to Norfolk, VA.
In Norfolk, Eugene met Shirley Sutton. They celebrated 58 years of marriage in March.
From their union of love, compassion and marriage, they produced and raised two children: Gena Gailord and Eugene Gailord III.
Eugene retired from the Government of the United States of American following 38 years
of loyal service: He enlisted in the U.S. Navy March 16, 1962 and was released from active duty
and transfer to inactive duty on the retired list of the United States Navy, September 30, 1981
(Chief Boatswains Mate) and sought employment at North Island Naval Base. In 2001, he
retired from North Island.
In Addition to Eugene’s parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Frances Williams,
Geraldine Lamb, and Tammye Marlin.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Shirley Gailord, their son Eugene Gailord III and their
daughter Gena Gailord (Ulysses Simpson Braxton) are: His sister Emma Johnson, his brother
Michael Gailord., his daughter Eugenia Crabtree, his son Timothy Jackson, granddaughter
Sherell Johnson, grandson Isaiah Simmons, great granddaughter Zarria Washington, and
numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.
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