Eugene Winslow Yeater was born May 24, 1927, to Karl R. and Bonnie Lee Yeater in Oklahoma City. He met Pearl Comstock in seventh-grade orchestra, along with Pearl’s brother, Roy Comstock, in Oklahoma City. He and Pearl were married in 1948. For 55 years, they were both active in church music ministry in churches in Oklahoma and Texas. Music and playing his violin were Eugene’s first love.
Eugene was certified for 25 years as a baseball umpire with the Oklahoma Umpire Association and Texas Umpire Association. Eugene had an undying love for baseball and football and loved his Oklahoma Sooners until the day he died. Eugene served six years in the U.S. Army in WWII and the Korean War. Eugene will be remembered most for his unique sense of humor, loyalty to long-time friends, his exuberant love for life and his love for his family.
Eugene lived the first 45 years of his life in Oklahoma City, then lived most of the last 30 years in Waxahachie. He made Bedford his home for the past two years until he passed away at a nursing home in Watauga.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, Karl R. and Bonnie Lee Yeater, and his wife, Pearl Marie Yeater. He is survived by daughters, Jeannie Tillery and husband, Jesse, of Watauga; Nancy Little and husband, Robert, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Byran Tillery, Sherri Tillery, Gale Wortham and husband, Ronnie, Matthew Tillery, Jason Tillery and wife, Holly, and Bethany Little; three great-grandchildren, Bryan Tillery II, Garrett Wortham, and Colson Tillery. He was expecting the birth of a great-granddaughter in June.
Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Waxahachie Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at noon Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at Waxahachie Funeral Home with interment at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Waxahachie Funeral Home.