Gene Shasteen

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Gene Shasteen

December 29, 1931 - January 07, 2019

Gene Shasteen Visitation for Amos Eugene Shasteen will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. following the visitation. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.
Amos Eugene Shasteen was born Dec. 29, 1931 to Alvin Hawkins Shasteen and Ina Pearl Lillard Shasteen. He passed away Jan. 7, 2019.
Eugene married his sweetheart Freddie Mae Whisenant on Oct. 4, 1951 after revival services at First Church of the Nazarene while on military leave from the U.S. Navy. He was a proud Korean War Veteran who instilled the values of patriotism and charity to his children. He graduated Officers Candidate School in 1957. After earning his B.S. and M.A. at North Texas State University, he worked as a professional educator at Gainesville State School, Roswell, New Mexico, Denton, Texas and Floydada, Texas.
In 1967 Eugene earned a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as Dean of Instruction at Cooke County Jr College in Gainesville. Later he served as President of that institution. He was instrumental in beginning the Nursing, Welding and Cosmetology Programs as well as expanding the Fine Arts program. Upon retirement from education, Eugene worked in the field of residential real estate renovation and general contracting for several decades.
Eugene was true to his Christian Faith in every challenge and adventure that he ever faced. He regularly prayed with and took his family to church, also serving over a period of years on the Executive Boards for both the First United Methodist Church and the East Side Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors include wife Freddie Mae Shasteen; Daughters, Deborah Sullivant (Bill) and Marsha Shasteen (Dennis Martinez); sons David (Juanita), Art (Camilla) and Brad (Dorene). He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Glenda Shasteen Jones. Other survivors are grandchildren: Katherine Jones, Justin Shasteen, Stephanie Sirgo, Derek Shasteen, Sam Shasteen, Brent Sullivant, Paige Sullivant Griffith, Kyle Shasteen, Kate, Ben and Amy Sullivant; many great-grandchildren; and siblings: Martha Krebs, Jim Shasteen and John Wesley Shasteen.
Pallbearers are Thomas Cole, Mark Shasteen, Scott Davis, Kevin Shasteen, Kenny Wilson, Greg Shasteen and Jeremy Jarvis.
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Published on January 9, 2019
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11 posts

Rita Dorsey
Jan 11, 2019
What a wonderful, fulfilling legacy. Wish I could have met him, Justin. You favor him so much. God's peace.
“He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Whatever God starts, he finishes!
Susie McDonald
Jan 11, 2019
So sorry not only for your sweet family but for Gainesville and the Cooke Coubty Democrats that Gene supported so faithfully through the years. He will be missed.
John, Becky, John Corbin, and Devin Van Meter
Jan 10, 2019
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for all family and friends.
John Alan Shasteen
Jan 10, 2019
To go from a sharecropper existence to earning a doctorate degree and becoming a college president is an astounding achievement. Uncle Eugene had the intelligence, drive, and ambition of 10 men. He definitely left his mark on this world and all of our hearts. He will be greatly missed. May the Good Lord bless Aunt Freddie and all of their wonderful children and grandchildren.
Don and MIda PIlcher
Jan 10, 2019
A very good and trusted friend from grade school through college and through life. He was a good man.
Jeanne Harrison Bruner Bodholdt
Jan 10, 2019
Debbie-I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the God of all comfort be real to all of you in the days ahead.
Valerie Shasteen
Jan 10, 2019
My sincere sympathy to all of the family. May God give you comfort and peace. I know you all have many wonderful memories.
Corey & Lorrie Brooks
Jan 10, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss..
Billy & Robbie Cunningham
Jan 10, 2019
Freddie & family our thoughts and prayers go out to you. We thought a lot of Gene, he was a good guy!
Scott, Carla and Erika Davis
Jan 10, 2019
Dr. Shasteen was a good man and will be missed. Condolences and prayers for the family and friends. Rest in Peace.
Dave, Jackie & Sarah Chartier
Jan 10, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our hearts, thoughts & prayers.