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Gene T. Brock

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Automobile dealer, church administrator, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend
Gene T. Brock, 80, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, surrounded by his loving family.
Gene was born Oct. 13, 1927, in Blytheville, Ark., to Charles Russell and Bertha Deloria (Hassell) Brock. He graduated from Gallup High School in 1947, after spending a year serving his country during World War II on the U.S.S. Delegate with the Navy in the Pacific.
He was a remarkable athlete, lettering in football and track in high school, and setting the state record in the 200 yard low hurdles, which still stands today. He attended the University of New Mexico on a four-year scholarship, lettering all four years on the varsity football team.
Gene was a leader in both the community and in his church. His civic leadership includes serving as president of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce in 1972, being an active member of the Lions Club for many years, and serving on various charitable committees.
Gene purchased the Ford-Lincoln-Mercury automobile dealership in 1963 with partner, Charles Sutton. After buying out his partner, Sutton-Brock Ford became Gene Brock Ford of Alamogordo and Ruidoso. He later acquired the Dodge-Toyota dealership in Alamogordo and eventually merged the two. He was a successful car dealer for many years, until 1981 when he and Bettie left Alamogordo and relocated to Texas, where both pursued careers in real estate. After 10 successful years in real estate, Gene and Bettie returned home to Alamogordo.
Gene's passion was his work for the church. He was the chairman for the citywide Bill Glass Crusade in 1972 and, as a result of that endeavor, was a founder of what is now Christ Community Church, where his twin brother, Jack Brock, is the pastor. He served 16 years as the church business administrator, director of divorce care, director of the Singles Ministry and the church school board. Gene had a servant's heart, and reached out to minister to hundreds.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Bettie Jean Brock; two daughters, Trudy Lynn Routh and her husband Bob, of Bedford, Texas, and Jonna Irick, her husband Steve and their son Jon, of Alamogordo; two sons, Craig Brock, of Tulsa, Okla., and Jon F. Burgess, his wife Traci and their children Tasha and Justin Lee, of Perrin, Texas; his twin brother, Pastor Jack Brock and his wife Sharon, of Alamogordo; two sisters, Bessie Aycock, and Earline Huey; two sisters-in-law, Betty Brock, of Farmington, and Bessie Brock, of Shreveport, La.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Pete, Elbert and Ted; and two sisters, Edna Juul and Mary Ellen Richardson.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 5, at 9:30 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 2960 N. Scenic Dr., with Pastors Jack Brock, Bruce Brock, and Timothy Brock officiating.
Interment will follow in the White Dove of the Desert Cemetery, located on the grounds of Christ Community Church.
Pallbearers will be Ted Brock, Wright Butler, P.W. Conley, Don Goldston, Ted McCutcheon and Scotty Scott. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Johnson, Harry MacNeill, Ed Turietta, Ken George, Bill Pippin and Smokey Robertson.
Friends may call this evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, and envelopes are available at the funeral home; or to Christ Community Church missions.
To send condolences to the family or sign the online guest book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 3 to Jan. 18, 2008
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