W.E. “Gene” Northcott
W.E. “Gene” Northcott, age 92 of Thorndale, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 6, 2020, in the Renaissance Villa in Rockdale.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Burial will follow in the Locklin Cemetery in San Gabriel. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the funeral home.
W.E. “Gene” Northcott was born on Feb. 25, 1927, in Thrall to William and Pernie Austin (Townsend) Northcott. He started his education in the San Gabriel school and graduated from Thorndale High School. He served in the U. S. Navy. On March 25, 1949, he and Betty Rogers were married in the Methodist Church in Granger.
He attended Nixon Clay College in Austin, studying Business. Gene was a manager for Luby’s Cafeteria in a number of cities including, Austin, Dallas, Wichita Falls and Denver, Colorado. After leaving Luby’s, they moved home to farm with his brother-in-law William Rogers, where they have lived the past 52 years. Gene was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Rockdale where he had served as Deacon. He also served as Deacon at San Gabriel Baptist Church. He was a former member and vice president of the Thorndale School Board and had been named Thorndale Farmer of the Year in 2004.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Pernie Northcott; and a sister, Barbara Barron in 2013.
Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Betty Northcott of Thorndale; son, Gary A. Northcott and wife Jenny of Thorndale; daughter, Diane Hernandez and husband Hector of Thorndale; sister, Doris Carlson of Thrall; grandchildren, Chris Northcott and wife Paula, Crystal Wetter and husband Bobby, Kelly Northcott and wife Selena; step-grandchildren, Marcus Shelton and wife Traci and Nicholas Shelton; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Emily and Shane Northcott, Kobe, Bryant, Billy and Ally Wetter; step-great grandchildren, Barrett, Tatum, and Everett Shelton; and his brother-in-law, Ray Barron of Thorndale.
Pallbearers are Chris Northcott, Donald Barron, Kelly Northcott, Bobby Wetter, Kyle Northcott, Billy Carlson.
Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home of Rockdale in charge of arrangements.