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Eugene entered the U.S. Army in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1955. Shortly after, he moved to Niagara Falls, NY and obtained employment at Pittsburg Steel as a train engine engineer, retiring from Globe Metallurgical after 32 years of service. After retirement, he worked for several years as a school bus driver for Niagara Falls Coach Lines before again retiring. Eugene married W. Lee Carter on June 14, 1969.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife W. Lee; two sons, Andre Powell and James Whitaker; four daughters, Carol (Joseph) Poole, Stacie and Kimberly Whitaker, and Janelle (Michael) McCarthy; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one goddaughter; sister, DeLois Westbrook; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law and many additional family and friends. He was predeceased by infant son, Eugene Whitaker, Jr. and grandson, Christian Joseph Poole.
The family will sit in wake on Friday, February 8, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, 2002 Forest Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Mt. Erie Baptist Church, 1152 Fairfield Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14305. Services entrusted to Williamson Funeral Home, 635 Main Street. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.
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