One of my heroes goes home.

Henry Eugene (Gene) Marcum, 80, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2007, at Brazosport Regional Health System. Gene was born May 19, 1927, to Henry Leslie and Bennie Olive Marcum in Bogata, Texas. Gene served in the U.S. Navy during World War ll. He obtained his degrees at East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas. Gene was a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Brazosport High School. In 1969, he became the principal at Brazoswood High School until his retirement in 1991.

Gene was a member and past president of the Rotary Club, where he was honored to be a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award. Gene was a member of Willow Drive Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Jean (Dotty) Marcum of Lake Jackson; two sisters, Glenna Boyd of Magnolia, Texas, Louise Tipton and her husband, Charles, of Garland, Texas; son-in-law, Larry Williams of Katy, Texas; stepgranddaughter, Teri Williams of Katy, Texas; sister-in-law, Mary Lilley Shaver and her husband, Archie, of Pittsburg, Texas; brother-in-law, Robert Peterson of Dallas, Texas; longtime family friend and neighbor, Betty Danford of Lake Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, and his daughter, Pamela J. Marcum Williams.

The family will receive friends 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lakewood Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Willow Drive Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott McKay officiating. Interment will follow at Restwood Cemetery.

The family requests donations to South Texas Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1210 Beeville, Texas 78102, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

I first met “Mr. Marcum” in 1958 at Brazosport High School when he was the sponsor of the school annual, “The Exporter.” I only wish I had done the things in the darkroom he accused me of 🙂 For three years, he was a true mentor and friend. In 1969, he was responsible for bringing me back from Arkansas to coach basketball in the “new” high school, Brazoswood, where he was the principal.

Mr. Marcum once sold me his rusty old black ’58 Ford for $50. At the time, it was a lifesaver for me, although my wife despised having it parked in the driveway, leaking all its cooling water each night. I later sold it to a student for $75 and Mr. Marcum never let me forget my “taking advantage of him” (Mr. Marcum) and making a profit on the sale. After the young man painted it up and put spinner hubcaps on it it gleamed in the Brazoswood parking lot every day. I know he loved to see it there, “lookin’ good”.

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