October 20, 2012
H. Eugene McInturff, 87, known to many as Gene or Mac, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, October 20, 2012, after a brief illness.
A service will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. at Virginia Hills Church, Front Royal (map/directions), Rev. Randall Anderson officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church starting at noon on Thursday. A graveside service will be held at Bennett’s Chapel Cemetery.
Eugene is survived by his wife of 34 years, Violet Pullen McInturff; one brother, Ray Everett McInturff of Smyrna, Tennessee; two sons, Michael Wayne McInturff of Front Royal and Richard Allen McInturff and wife Joy of Stephens City; three daughters, Wanda McInturff Hall and husband Barney Ray of Carrollton, Virginia, Pamela McInturff Andrews and Winona Leigh Henry and husband Ricky of Front Royal; one step-son, William Pullen and wife Brenda of Spotsylvania; two step-daughters, Diane Jenkins and husband Ronnie and Patty Andrews and husband Ray of Front Royal. Together Gene and Violet have nine children, twenty-three grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and a special “adopted” grandchild, Whitney.
Along with his parents, Eugene was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Arlene Holloway McInturff; two sisters, Mildred McInturff Sprinkle and Mozelle McInturff Lotz; one brother, Shirley Hollis McInturff; one son-in-law Donald Earl (Joe) Andrews, Jr.; one step-son, Raymond Noakes Pullen, Jr.; and one great-granddaughter, Morgan Tarbell.
Born 14 July 1925 at Central City, Warren County, Virginia, Eugene was the third son and fifth child of Ira Adam and Anna Elizabeth Hammock McInturff. After graduating from high school in May of 1943, he went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There while working in a food warehouse, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was sent to Great Lakes, Illinois where he received his boot training. Chosen for “communications school” while in basic training, he was sent to the University of Chicago where he spent the best part of a year and was then shipped to Norfolk, Virginia where he was assigned to the Amphibious Forces. After training there he was assigned to the USS LST 1014 in Boston, Massachusetts and served aboard this vessel for the tenure of WWII in the Pacific Theater of Operations, taking part in the invasion of the Palau Islands, the Phillipine Islands at Leyte Gulf and the island of Iwo Jima. After being discharged from the Navy in 1946 Eugene returned to his father and mother’s farm outside Front Royal, Virginia and worked on the family farm until he met his bride to be, Ruby Arlene Holloway, who was helping cook for “threshing hands” at the Wilson Burke farm. They were married 15 August 1947 in Gaffney, South Carolina.
Eugene, after his marriage to Arlene, returned to Front Royal and began working for McRoyal Laundry, Inc. While here he was accepted by the Commonwealth of Virginia for employment as a Trooper in the ranks of the Virginia State Police and for the next four years served in different parts of the State in this capacity. Eugene, receiving an offer of employment with a wholesale electronics distributor, traveled the communities of Northern Virginia for two years and then decided to go into business for himself in the radio-television repair industry. Eugene entered the retail merchant field in Front Royal, Virginia and remained in this field until his retirement. He loved electronics and enthusiastically embraced the computer age.
Eugene married the second time on 8 July 1978 to Violet Ann Atkins Pullen. Both were active in their association with the Gideons International, traveling across many states and making lasting friendships while in service to their Lord. Eugene was an active Gideon for more than thirty years and is a past-president of the Front Royal Camp.
While there was no military base close to Front Royal, Eugene joined the U.S. Naval Reserve Unit in his home town and when this unit was disbanded, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserve Unit, attached to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. He was called up to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis and deactivated seven days later. In 1985 Eugene was discharged from the service and retired from the military. While a member of the Air Force Reserves, he provided Reserve assistance to the Front Royal Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol.
Along with serving his country, Eugene served his community as a member of the Warren Heritage Society and was a frequent volunteer at the Samuels Public Library when it was located on Chester Street. A charter member of the Peoples Gospel Tabernacle in Rivermont, which later became known as Rivermont Baptist Church, he was involved in several offices and ministries, including trustee, treasurer, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, bus ministry, visitation ministry and jail ministry. Gene and Violet were some of the first to attend Cornerstone Baptist Church which later became Virginia Hills Church, where they are loved and respected by the entire congregation.
In 1993 Eugene published his book, Some Descendants of John Macanturf 1730-1779 of Shenandoah County Virginia. This book has been cited in the genealogy research of others.
Eugene loved music, especially Southern Gospel and Blue Grass. He sang in the church choir and a quartet which sang at local churches and gatherings. He played the guitar and harmonica. At age 82, he taught himself to read music and to play the banjo. He passed along his love of music to his children and grandchildren.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be grandsons.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal. Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 206, Front Royal, Virginia 22630 (DONATE).
Visiting - Virginia Hills Church, Front Royal - 12:00 p.m.
Funeral Service - Virginia Hills Church, Front Royal - 2:00 p.m.
Graveside Service - Bennett's Chapel Cemetery