TOO BRIEF AN EMAIL EXCHANGE W/ GENE SHORTLY BEFORE HIS PASSING HAD REGISTERED HIS OPINION THAT I WAS A BETTER WRITER THAN AN ARTIST -- I ANSWERED THAT HE WAS PROBABLY CORRECT -- I KNEW GENE WAS TERMINAL & JUST COULD NOT TELL HIM THAT HE HAD NOT SEEN MY MEXICAN COLLECTION -- EVERYONE WAS ATTRACTED TO THIS TRULY FINE MAN --- BILL FOLEY - G-302
Thanks so much for forwarding these wonderful photos of your dad. I was a good friend of Chaplain Manning's and video taped many of the 94th reunions. I remember your dad well. He was a beautiful person. So often when I read the announcements I can't match a name but when I see the photos the fond memories at the reunions return. The ending photo on the beach was so beautiful.
God Bless your family. John Krokos
Gene Wise was a smart, kind, incredible man who loved his family and loved his work. He was always there at networking events, did so much for our organization - FIABCI in Atlanta, GA area and he made everyone smile when they were in his presence. He was truly a devoted man to those that served with him in the military, great Veteran and he will be missed. Dagmar Sands - Johns Creek, GA - FIABCI Atlanta Chapter President
My Dad and Gene were both in L-Company and I cannot thank Gene enough for always including me in his newletters once Dad past away. He was also the youngest of eight children, the youngest boy who was born in 1925. Gene was truly missed at the 2013 reunion and will alwyas be missed.
Julie Scheiner, Solon, Ohio
I am proud to have known Gene for many years. He was capable of being serious and dedicated when needed, but had the good sense to never take himself too seriously. He was a true gentleman and patriot and made my life so much richer. He deeply loved his family, God and country. What a great guy. Jenny Hall-Busch
I will miss Gene and his philosophy on a lot of things! Prayers for the comfort of their family. Jack Sartain
Dear Anne and Bill,
It was wonderful to see you guys again. I always respected your dad and often heard terrific things about him from my mom. I was unaware of all of his accomplishments until I read his obituary. You have much to be proud of.....he generously gave of his time to help others, was very active with the Republican party, and his decorated service to our country.
The slide show definitely reveals the love and good times your family shared. What a full life your dad enjoyed.
Anne, I meant to tell you that you were a lovely bride. What a special picture of you and your dad.
Cherish your memories,
My life truly is richer from having know Gene. He was talented, passionate about his beliefs and straight-forward with any answers he thoughtfully gave you. When former State Senator Joe Burton was redistricted out of his area in 2002, he met with Gene and they recruited me to run for the position, which became new state senate seat 41. Not only did Gene work as hard or harder than anyone on the campaign, he and his sister Wyolene became key components and advisors on every aspect of campaigning and trusted friends, as well. Although Gene will be greatly missed by many I am sure GOD'S arms opened wide to welcome such a caring and wonderful warrior.
As a child, I remember times when our family stayed with Aunt June, Uncle Gene, Bill and Anne. All the Wise girls loved their contemporary styled home. We all have memoriers of playing ping pong in the garage, yatzee in the basement, hide and go seek and other fun times. There was always a stash of Chips A Hoy cookies in the top drawer by the refrgerator in the kitchen. We were never disappointed when we opened that drawer as there seemed to be an endless supply. Sometimes we kids had to be with the adults. Those times took place either around the kitchen table or in the living room. I always loved those kitchen chairs because they rolled. The living room was spacious and had what seemed to me a very long sofa. We'd sit and listen to the adults for a while and then eventually we'd all sneak out and go play somewhere in your house. Those were great memories. I remember Uncle Gene reading the Atlanta Journal Constitution every day. He would sit solemnly in his chair seeming to consume every word, but he never begrudged an interruption. Even with those few childhood memories, there was one as an adult that I will always cherish. I came from out of town to Atlanta once. Uncle Gene likely cleared his busy schedule and focused his attention on me for that short time. I remember riding around Atlanta in that long car of his. One place he took me was to Underground Atlanta. It was the new thing at that time. We walked around and had such a nice visit. At one of the kiosks he bought me a necklace. The next morning I was able to accompany him to Sunday School at his church and also attend service with him. He made me feel so welcome and loved. Clark and I are very sorry we can't be there this weekend. We are so sorry for everyone's loss, but so happy he is home free in Heaven. Blessings, Valerie Wise Rumfelt
I remember funny things you said. Like Montez for such a little girl (at that time) you sure can eat alot at the Varsity! Every time I would call you that is where you said we would go to eat. We made it a few times.
You will be missed by so many and may God Bless you and your family.
Love, Montez Glenn Wilson
Cherished memories will sustain you all forever. I remember fondly playing games several years ago. I know he is embraced by our Lord. God bless all of you.
Elaine and John Fuerst
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I did not have the honor to meet you. Still, I know you well because I had known your daughter Anne for many years.
Anne has always been plentiful with her time and talents. In the most ordinary moments, she takes the time to encourage and praise others.
A daughter like that can only be a product of a kind and generous man like you.
I rejoice knowing that you will find the eternal Peace that only God can offer
I am appreciative for Gene's kindness and help over the years. He was always quick to help me at 11Alive news. He will be missed.
Gene left his mark everywhere he went and he is already greatly missed at the Smoke Signal meetings. He never stopped contributing... it was in his DNA, and sets a wonderful example of citizenship that few can step into as effectively.