Elvin Eugene “Gene” Logan, a resident of Mobile, AL, for well over 50 years, passed away on Thursday, September 30, 2021. He was born in Nashville, TN, on September 7, 1942. He was a Viet Nam Veteran. He had many fond memories of growing up in Nashville. One particularly, as a boy, Gene shined shoes outside the Grand Ole Opry on Saturdays while the guests were waiting in line to go into the show. His favorite customers were the Soldiers from Ft Campbell. After the show started, the Doorman would let Gene in to enjoy the show. Gene would somehow always end up on stage, standing just behind the curtain, watching Patsy Cline bring the house down, with Kitty Wells making sure he stayed behind the curtain. Gene was an extraordinary talented and natural athlete throughout his life. At Howard High School, Gene successfully held the Quarterback position on the Football Team. Besides Lettering in Football, Gene also Lettered in Basketball and Baseball. During this time, Gene also took up and mastered the game of Pool. After high school, Gene enlisted and proudly served Our Country in the United States Air Force. During his enlistment, Gene took up and mastered Boxing, as a Welterweight. After being honorably discharged, Gene relocated to Mobile. Here, he started working at L & N Railroad, now CSX, as a Trainman/Brakeman. He enjoyed his work, made many lifelong friends there, retiring after 30 years of service. Gene was one of the founding couches of Mobile Youth Football. He coached the Municipal Park Raiders for many years. I bet Gene’s successful record still stands untouched. Gene made a positive impact on the boys he coached. The years after Gene left coaching, as these boys became men, anytime we were out somewhere it was not uncommon for one of his former players to come up, gratefully shake “Coach Logan’s” hand and reminisce. One particular player Gene greatly influenced, has for the last 15 or so years visited with Gene regularly. Gene also made many friends as a coach. One, in particular, became one of Gene’s lifelong friends with their frequent visits being filled in some way with the topic of college football. Soon after Gene’s move to Mobile, he picked up a golf club, and simultaneously mastered and fell in love with the game. Playing golf several times a week, practicing, Gene was known for hitting long drives and being an excellent chipper and putter. Gene was a Scratch Golfer for many years and then never exceeded a single digit handicap. Gene met Susan, his wife of 33 years, on the driving range. He had many golf buddies, one of his favorites being a local Priest. Gene also shared his talent and love for the game with his wife, children, and one particular granddaughter. Generously helping them with their game in every way. With time and age, Gene also found the game of Pool again at the local Senior Center. Breaking, shooting, and running the table as before. Gene would shoot Pool in the morning, have lunch there, go home to care for his & Susan’s fur baby, Peanups, nap and then go play golf. Gene enjoyed and always had family joining him for lunch there. Especially his grandchildren, who he loved to show off. As always, Gene made many friends shooting pool. Gene particularly found two gentleman that loved and played the game as well as he. One, in particular, became a very good friend. Being retired, Gene loved it when Susan started travel nursing. They would always stay at or near a golf course. Gene always fondly recalled about where they lived for Susan’s first assignment; stating his golf clubs stayed on his golf cart for 6 straight months, played 18 holes everyday, sometimes 27 holes. He was club champion, beating all the golfers who had been coming down every winter for many years. Gene made many friends throughout their travels. But none better than the very first person Gene met, which happened to be on the practice green, on Gene’s very first day there, on his wife’s very first travel nurse assignment. Before becoming great friends and golf buddies, that very first day he and Gene, while practicing their putting, determined they were ‘husbands-in-law.’ Gene had a deep respect for the Catholic faith and the churches teaching. He attended mass with his wife and family, and fully supported the parish they attended and other Catholic Organizations. As time passed, he met Fr. Stephen Vrazel, and thoroughly enjoyed his homilies. This, along with experiencing true evangelization of the Catholic faith, Gene’s respect grew to a desire to convert to Catholicism. He was Catholic in his heart, but time would not allow him to complete the full conversion.
Gene is preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Inez Sampson; his father, Emory Joel Logan; his dogs, Dingo and Petie; half-sister, Richaleen Snow; half sister, Camille Denton; half-brother, Roy Logan; and a half sister, Dale Logan Jockish.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 33 years, Susan Newell Logan; their dog, Peanups; Children, Glenn Fairley (Carrie), John Logan, Melissa Raley (Cameron), Lacey Logan and Lynn Logan; grandchildren, Addison Fairley, Ainsley Fairley, Vivian Gass, Curtis Gass, Asher Hale, Carson Hamner, Julia Logan Lowry, Michael Logan, Allie Logan Fuquay, Lauren Logan Guy, Brooks Harper, Blake Harper and Brett Harper; several great-grand children; half-¬sister, Donna Sampson Garrison (Barry); half-¬brother, Ronnie Sampson (Vicky); half-sister, Kay Logan Loftin (Paul); half-¬sister, Jo Logan Potter (Pete); many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Susan would like to thank Gene’s healthcare team of Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, Mobile Infirmary’s Emergency Room and SICU and Mobile City Fire and Rescue M. S. Tapia Fire Station, for providing her husband with the most excellent, professional, and selfless care. Particularly Dr. Russell Goode, Gulf Orthopedics; Dr. Peter Lutz, Mary Lauren Bailey, RN and Staff of Pulmonary Associates; Dr. Ashleigh Butts¬Wilkerson; Drs. Ken Francez and Geary Phillips, and Staff of Cardiology Associates; Dr. Matthew McIntyre, all the Nurse Practitioners, and Staff of Urology Associates of Mobile; Joni Bryan, RN; Courtney Woodham, LPN. Also I would like to express my gratitude to Jim and Robin at Mobile Funeral Home and Crematory, Billy Tew and his printing Company for all the professional, hard work with helping me with Gene's final arrangements.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 10:00 am at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort, 34904 AL-225, Spanish Fort, AL 36577 with Rev. Stephen G. Vrazel officiating with Military Honors being rendered by US Airforce Honor Guard, Hurlbert Field.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, The Animal Rescue Foundation or a charity of your choice.
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