Gene T. Bland, 87, of Echo Community has gone home to be with Jesus after a brief illness.
He was the son of Jefferson and Lancie Bland. Gene proudly served his country in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years Georgia Bland; sons Gene Alan Bland, Larry Bland and Ronnie and Cathy Bland; daughter Rena and Tony Martinez; 11 grandchildren 20 great grandchildren and a-soon-to-be great-great grandson; twin brother Jack D. Bland; brother-in-law T.J. Wilkerson; sister-in-law Gwen Bland and brother-in-law Leo Daniels and wife Audrey. of N. C. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held June 26, at George Daniels Cemetery, with Mr. Roy Dupuis officiating.
Special thanks to Candis and Debbie for your excellent care and love you gave him.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Lonnie, Craig and Kevin Isaacs, Russell Bartholamew, Jr., Eric Lozano and Darren Bland. Honorary pallbearer was Dustin Bland.