Gene Comer, 84, departed this life on April 30 following a lingering illness.
His loss is deeply mourned by his family and many friends. Gene was well known and respected in the Corbin community.
Gene was born in Jackson County, WV, and served in the United States Air Force.
After leaving the service he worked for the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company in Cincinnati, after which he joined the L&N railroad which later became part of the CSX railroad company. Gene worked in the communications department and managed maintenance on all microwave communication towers in his district. Mr. Comer retired from the railroad in 1994.
Mr. Comer’s first marriage, to Agnes Beach, ended with her death. He married Betty Rose Brock Gibson Comer in 1980. He and Betty remained devoted partners and soul mates until his death. Gene was a devoted husband, friend, and father.
Gene enjoyed exercising at the Baptist Fitness Center, and he and Betty were members of the Dudes and Dolls square dance club for many years, during which they participated in many local, regional, and national events.
Gene was also a proud Mason and a member of the Shriners. He was a member of Central Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife Betty Rose, Gene is survived by his two sons, Ronnie Comer (Linda) of Texas, Denny Lloyd Comer of Corbin, and Felicia Herrell Roller (Kirk Roller) of Belmont Bay, VA; brother John Comer (Elana) of Kenna, WV, three grandchildren (Lindsey Matthews, Angie Comer, and Zach Comer) and three great grandchildren.
Mr. Comer will be interred at Cumberland Memorial Gardens in a private family ceremony.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 4, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at The O’Neil-Lawson Funeral Home.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Mr. Comer’s memory. Mail cash and/or checks to: Development Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington, 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508.
O’Neil-Lawson Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.