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Remembering retired Beaumont police Capt. Eugene Corder

From Broussard’s Mortuary:

Eugene T. “Gene” Corder

January 14, 1931 – January 4, 2022

Gene Corder of Hamshire, Texas, died Tuesday, the 4th of January 2022, just 10 days shy of his 91st birthday. Funeral services were Saturday at Westgate Church of Christ in Beaumont.

Eugene Thomas Corder was born in Leesville, Louisiana, on the 14th of January in 1931, the youngest child of Edward William Corder and Lola Ellen Crosby Corder.

He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman, gardener, and teller of tales. He graduated from Dayton High School in 1949, and worked for the Cotton Belt Railroad in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in 1950. The following year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

After his honorary discharge, he was visiting relatives in Beaumont when he met Ruby Lee Alexander. In 1955, they married, and he also signed on to the Beaumont Police Department. Kelly Jean was born in 1961, and Laura Lee, the following year.

Gene and Ruby were married 54 years, and he rose in rank at BPD from Patrolman to Administrative Assistant to the Chief. He retired after 34 years, and they moved from Beaumont to Kirbyville on their own 22 wooded acres where they lived for nearly 30 years.

He lost Ruby in 2009, and is survived by their two daughters, Kelly, with husband, Dan Marberry of Hamshire, and Laura, with husband Eric Schol of Searcy, Arkansas, and three precious grandchildren, Bonnie Marberry of Pocahontas, Arkansas, Clayton Marberry and Hunter Corder, both of Searcy, Arkansas, and a host of friends and family.

The family would like to thank the medical staff of Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital and those at Harbor Hospice for their loving care during the last few weeks.

Written by KFDM/Fox 4

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