Heyward Eugene "Gene" Tumbleston

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Heyward Eugene "Gene" Tumbleston AWENDAW, SC - Heyward Eugene "Gene" Tumbleston entered into eternal rest Saturday, February 22, 2014. The relatives and friends of Gene are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM. The service will be held at Point Hope United Methodist Church, located at 3404 Turgot Lane, Mount Pleasant, SC, in Park West. Pastor Walter Cantwell will officiate the ceremony. Online memorials may be posted to Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services of North Charleston. Gene was born in Charleston, SC on July 25, 1931. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Eugene Tumbleston, Gene and his boyhood cousins and friends enjoyed roaming Mount Pleasant when it was still a wild, wooded, untamed area. Gene joined the army during the Korean Conflict. He survived being a prisoner of war for 34 months in one of the most infamous camps, recaptured during an escape attempt, and endured repeated tortures. His medals include a Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, Bronze Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge Medal, and a United Nations Service Medal. Following his rescue and safe return home, Gene married and lived life on his terms. He could not be confined and lived all over the United States, including Washington State, Colorado, and his beloved Florida Keys. In June of 2012, he made the decision to return to South Carolina to be closer to his family. His "girls" will be forever grateful for the time they had with Daddy. Gene is survived by three daughters, Cathy Elder, and husband Craig, JoAnn Jarman, and husband Chuck, and Cheryl Tumbleston; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. We wish a special, loving thanks to all of the employees at the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran's Hospital, especially to our friends at Patriot's Harbor. We dedicate to you Matthew 25:35-40: The Words of Jesus Christ: 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me." In lieu of flowers, consider the following: Voluntary Services at the RH Johnson VA hospital has many ways you can help, also helping our military victims and their families dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Feb. 26, 2014
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