What a wonderful man. I am so glad that my family and I were able to be a part of his life. We enjoy his home in the country so much. There are so many memories of him here. I am honored to have cared for him the last 8 months of his life. I will always treasure those times. He was a great father, businessman, and friend.
Patty Honnerlaw and Famliy
I have looked up to J.E. and admired him all my life. When I was a child and asked my Dad about his WWII service, he included J.E.'s experiences in the war and his POW story to help me understand the sacrifices that those of the Greatest Generation made. When I taught US History to my high school students each year, I passed on the story about J.E. to help them understand WWII. He was a good and kind man…. funny and smart. He loved Sue and his sons so much and cared deeply about his friends. I will miss him and hold warm thoughts of him always.
J.E. served on the Bell County Grand Jury at least once, perhaps more, when I was First Asst. D.A. and one of my duties was presenting cases to the Grand Jury. He had a keen mind and a sharp wit, and I liked being with him. At least once, his (now deceased son) Rick was on either the grand jury or a trial jury / details fade with time. His son Rex and I are good friends, and I extend my heart-felt memories to them in honor of J.E.
Gene Carlisle is an example of what a fine man should be. He did what he said he would, and his word was his bond. I and my parents, Ed and Searcy Hurst, were proud to call him friend. May he rest in peace.
My condolences to Mr. Carlisle's family. He apparently had an interesting life, and was a good example of the "Greatest Generation." I worked at FNB during his tenure as president, and he was always kind and warm in his dealings with me. He never made me feel like I was just an employee beneath him. Just recently I mentioned him as an example to my children of what a boss should be - kind, caring, decent. I feel lucky to have been able to work with him, and to have known him.