Quinten Eugene "Gene" Barger, 69, of Pikeville, Tn., died Saturday, April 7 at Memorial Hospital surrounded by loved ones.
He was born October 1942 in Bledsoe County to the late Carl "Buck" and Maureen Barger. He was a lifelong resident of Bledsoe County. Gene was a devoted father and papa and attended Stephens Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a U. S. Army veteran serving in Germany and was a former employee of Combustion Engineering where he worked for twenty years as a crane operator. He began his second career as a long haul truck driver where he worked many years. He played softball for many years in Chattanooga and coached his daughters' softball teams. He spent may hours playing golf with his family and friends and also loved watching and talking sports. Gene also played the guitar and played at his church many times with his family.
He is survived by his children, Randy (Lucy) Barger; April Barger, and Connie (Andy) Billingsley; two grandchildren, Kaci and Dallas Billingsley; sisters, Ruth (George) Harvey, Sandy (Larry) Todd and Peggy (Jimmy) Standefer; brothers, Greer (Glenna) Barger and Leonard (Connie) Barger; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service will be Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. CDT in the funeral home chapel with burial in Howard-Walker Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Hwy 127 South, Pikeville.