Clarence Eugene “Gene” Ennis, 80, of Fort Smith passed away Jan. 30, 2018, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 22, 1938, in Mowdy, Okla., to Clarence and Kathleen (Hooe) Ennis. He graduated from Limestone Gap High School and excelled as a salesman in the banking industry for over 30 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Mercy Fitness Center.
He loved cooking, gardening, the outdoors and staying healthy. Gene was proud of his Oklahoma heritage and of all the accomplishments he made over a lifetime of hard work and dedication to providing for those he loved. He always had a smile and a joke for everyone he saw and never knew a stranger. His generous spirit, laughter, love and strength will be forever missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce Ann Miller Ennis of Winnsboro, Texas; and his wife, Candy Pond Ennis of Stuttgart.
He leaves behind his children, Lisa Rohlman of Morrilton, Brad Ennis and wife Mary of St Louis, Kathleen Ennis of Fayetteville, Ken Hart and partner Cara of Austin, Texas, and Ryan O’Donnell and wife Sharon of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Kathy Simpson and husband Harold of Edmond; and three brothers, Russell Ennis and wife Sharon of Midwest City, David Ennis and wife Dee of Atoka, Okla., and Mike Ennis and wife Carol of Franklin, Tenn.; grandchildren, Brian (Rachel) Rohlman, Jennifer (Phil) Basenberg, Rebecca Rohlman, Benjamin Ennis, Zachary Ennis, and Michael (Brittany) Hart; great-grandchildren, Riley, Avery, Zoey, Olivia, Lucy and Paisley.
Service will be Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, with visitation from noon to 2 p.m. and funeral service at 2 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Coalgate, Okla.; graveside service following at the Wardville Cemetery, under the direction of Brown Funeral Services. Additionally, a small inurnment service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church columbarium in Fort Smith at 2:30 p.m. Friday the 16th.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Gene’s kindness and love of animals with a donation to the Sebastian County Humane Society.