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Eugene (Gene) Gatwood played football for Coach T. D. (Dobie) Holden at Pearl River Jr. College (PRC); Poplarville, Mississippi for three years, 1958, 1959, and 1960. After receiving his associate degree from PRC in 1960, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi (USM); Hattiesburg, Mississippi where, in 1962, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Math.
After graduating, Gene joined the Air Force. During his military career, among other assignments, he served as the commander of a 165-man Communications Squadron at Phan Rang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam in 1971-72. Later, he attended Troy University; Troy, Alabama where he obtained a Master’s degree in 1976. He later commanded a 535-man communications group at Robins AFB, Georgia. Gene retired from the Air Force in 1982 and taught electronics, math, and introduction to computers for more than 21 years at Middle Georgia Technical College, located in Warner Robins, Georgia. During this time, he earned an Educational Specialists (EdS) degree from the University of Georgia; Athens, Georgia in 1986.
Gene married Georgia Annie Jackson on June 9, 1966. They had two children: Stacy Leigh Vaughn and Jubal “Stonewall” Jackson Gatwood; and five grandchildren: Simon & Grey Vaughn; and Riordan, Audrey and JJ Gatwood. Annie and Gene lived in the Vinings area of Atlanta, Georgia. However, at 3:16 pm, on May 29, 2014, with family members crying and praying by her Northside Hospital ICU bedside, Annie's soul eased out of its earthly body and journeyed to be with Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She and Gene had lived together as husband and wife just shy of 48 years during which she had been a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sweetheart and partner. It has been difficult for Gene learning how to live without this sweet, loving little girl whom God blessed him with for so many years. He prays that one day The Lord will allow him to join them in Heaven.