Eugene M. (Gene) Broome Sr.
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Mr. Eugene (Gene) M. Broome, Sr. - IRMO, SC - Mr. Eugene (Gene) M. Broome, Sr., passed away on August 8, 2009. He was born in Columbia on July 7, 1935 to the late Arthur Macon Broome and the late Mrs. Rosa Lee Neal Broome. He was a 1954 graduate of Dreher High School and joined the U.S Army at 18 years of age as a Private. He graduated from Officer Candidate School and Airborne School before the age of 21. While in the US Army, he served in the "Old Guard", President Eisenhower's Honor Guard and was featured in 'Army Times'. Mr. Broome left the military in 1956 as a 1st Lieutenant. By 1962, he was the largest independent restaurant owner in South Carolina and known for having started numerous favorites, such as: Bar-B-Q Pit, Blackbeard's Seafood Galley, Frank-n-Stein, Gene's Pig'n'Chick, Gene's 15c Hamburgers, Jaws Seafood, Po Gene's Seafood, and Ponderosa Steak Barn. He served locally and nationally, both as President and on the Board of Directors for various professional and restaurant associations. His most rewarding work was his charity work in organizations as Buc-A-Cup, the Jaycees, helping to start four churches and his work with The Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Broome founded four national franchises; Mr. B's Western Steak House, Frank-N- Stein (Hot Dogs and Beer), The Ponderosa Steak Barn, and Yogi Bear's Honey Fried Chicken. His businesses included diverse entities such as American Homes, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, The Capital Cabana Hotel, ERA-Gene Broome Realty, Inc., Shull Sausage Company, and Tru-Green-Chem Lawn. He was associated with Florafax International when they started the Miss Teenage America contest. In 1971, Florida State University and the Florida State Restaurant Association presented Mr. Broome with the "Salut Aux Restaurateur" Award. He was presented the award for his "extraordinary services and inspired leadership which advanced the standards for public hospitality and commanded a new respect for a time honored profession." In 1998, Mr. Broome finally retired - for the third and final time. He remained active as a motivational speaker on the topic, "I Lived the American Dream", guest lecturer at USC School of Business and spending his time in service to his church, Friend Church. Of all his numerous accomplishments and awards, second only to his five children, he was most proud of his involvement in Friend Church. Surviving is his beloved wife of 36 years, Donnis T. Broome of the home. He often said "Donnis is a gift from God that made me the happiest man on earth." He is also survived by three daughters and two sons: Elizabeth Leigh (Jeanie) B. Newell (Clifford) of Columbia, SC; Eugene M. (Butch) Broome, Jr. (Sherri) of Richmond Hill, GA; Donna B. Bailey (Edward) of Lexington, SC; Heather B. Crater (Steve) of Irmo, SC; and James S. (Jimmy) Dawson, IV (Erin) of Mechanicsville, VA. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by two sisters and three brothers. Services will be held Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Friend Church, 411-B Western Lane, Irmo S.C. with burial following at Elmwood Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 11, 2009 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, 7600 Woodrow Street, Irmo. Memorials may be made to Friend Church, or to a charity of choice. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to his doctors and staff of Heartland Hospice House of the Midlands for the exceptional loving care and friendship during his illness. Please sign online guest book at Dunbar Funeral Home Savannah Morning News August 10, 2009 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at .

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Published in Savannah Morning News on Aug. 10, 2009.
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August 23, 2009
Donna and Edward and Family, Harry and I would like to extend our condolences to you and your larger family in the loss of your father. Harry really got to know your father well when he was working at O'Brien Restaurant Supplies. I worked at Sears next door to Gene's 15 Cents Hamburgers on Harden Street and probably ate at least 5,000 of those hamburgers, because were were pretty poor when we were first married. I thought it a miracle they they stayed at 15 Cents for so many years and even survived McDonald's coming to Columbia. My father, Homer Rhodes, worked for Pet Dairy and frequently spoke of your father with fondness. Your father was so respected by Our Family and their are probably few families in Columbia whose lives he did not affect in some way. We didn't really know how long his list of accomplishments were until now. How blessed you were to have him as your father, father-in-law and grandfather. Judy Kelly and I were in Chicago at the time of his passing and I found out only yesterday. May God Bless and Keep you all during your time of sorrow.
Sandra Woodard
August 17, 2009
We are so very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. We were out of town or would have been there. We have many fond memories of our times together in the old neighborhood in Coldstream, especially the tree toastings. Much love, Bert & Dick Woodward
August 12, 2009
Aunt Donnis, We are truly saddened by the loss of Uncle Gene. He was a great Uncle that always had kind and spirited words.
Judy & Ben Morris
August 12, 2009
Everyone here extends our condolences and has your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Melissa Lawrence
August 12, 2009
I must have eaten at all his places when I lived in SC. I remember meeting him one time. My condolences to the family.
Janice Clayton DeBolt
August 11, 2009

I have enjoyed the years that I had the priviledge of serving with Gene at Friend Church. He will be greatly missed. I loved his spirit, determination, and his love for Christ.

Tom Haycox
Chapin, SC
August 11, 2009
My condolences to the family of Mr. Broome. A long time ago I was a babysitter for Jeanie, Butch and Donna. I enyoyed the family very much. May all of your memories be a blessing .
Ethel Jacobs Vance
August 10, 2009
Donnis I'm sadden to hear of the loss of Uncle Gene. He was always there for moma. I will always remember how kind you both were. He will be missed greatly.
Caldwell Aiken
August 10, 2009
To The Broome Family Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Gene was such a blessing and touched so many lives. We love you all.
Cori Aiken Wyatt
August 10, 2009
I met Gene through Steve Crater about two years ago. I was his plumber and friend. I enjoyed going to his house and listening to him talk about his life experiences. A ten minute plumbing job turned into an hour or so of conversation. He was a man that enjoyed life to the fullest. He will be missed!!
Robert, Dianne, Danni and Kevin
Robert Shick
August 10, 2009
We were blessed to meet Gene and his family in Cancun over the past few years. Gene was a very generous man and has a very loving family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Sincerely, Damon & Brandy Markum
Tracie McCormick
Roger & Carolyn Sullens
Brandy Markum
August 10, 2009
Mr Broome was a wonderful, kind and good hearted man. Heather and I have been friends since we were babies. My parents loved and always thought very highly of Gene going way back to the 60s. I have many wonderful memories of spending weekends with him and Donnis when Heather and I were little girls. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Kelly Hartman-White
August 10, 2009
Donnis and the entire Broome family... my condolences and heart felt sorrow on the passing of Mr. B. We've come to know you so well through Friend Church and just know that Mr. B. is in good hands with God almighty! Love to all of you! - The Kenney family
Donald Kenney
August 10, 2009
Donnis, I am saddened by the loss of this special man. I had the honor of serving as legal tax counsel to this SPECIAL man. He was always fair and trustworthy in business and life. He touched a lot of people. GOD bless him and your family. Fitz OConnor
J. Fitz OConnor, Jr.
August 10, 2009
We had the pleasure of meeting Gene, Donnis, Donna, and Heather in Cancun just this last November. What a wonderful family! Gene will be sadly missed. May God comfort you during this sad time. Our family will be praying for yours.
Jimmy & Kathy Wilburn
August 10, 2009
I had the pleasure of knowing and working for Gene years ago and have been able to keep up with him and his family through my Daughter "Sherri Broome" he will be truly missed as he touched so many lifes, our thoughts & prayers are with you all Donnis and Family. Shirley & Wesley Melvin
Shirley & Wesley Melvin
August 10, 2009
To all the family, my sincerest sympathies. Donnis goes back to my mother and shopping at Mot's. Heahter is the best paralegal one could ever wish for. A wonderful man has gone to the most wonderful of places.
Bill Buchanan
August 10, 2009
Donnis & Family, I remember meeting Mr.B years ago when I was a little girl when my Mom worked for him and then later my Sister working for him, he was such a kind , fun, caring, and giving man my Sister was blessed to call him her Father-in-law and we all were blessed to have known him, my prayers & thoughts are with you all at this time but we all know he's in a better place and he is now an angel above watching over everyone. With Love Lisa Woodruff McMillan
Lisa Woodruff, McMillan
August 10, 2009
Sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are extended to all of you.
Sincerely, Andrea Boatwright Kneece
August 10, 2009
Donnis,Please accept my condolences in the lost of your beloved husband, Gene. Please take comfort in knowing that by his service and dedication to Friend Church he has touched many lives and will continue to do so in the future.
Rhetta Ramey
August 10, 2009
I will miss Mr. Broome and you guys. Your family and friends have made a lasting impression on me. Love, Monique
Monique Hessell
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