Gene Veazey


Arthur Eugene Veazey was born on Dec. 29, 1931, in Birmingham, Ala., to Wilbur Eugene Veazey and Nellie Mae Martin. Gene passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

He attended Southern College in Ooltewah, where he met and married Phyllis Price. After a two-year stint in the Army, he was discharged in San Antonio,Texas. They moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he began a career in the baking business that would extend for 60 years. He was a sales representative and later president of the Bishop Baking Company in Cleveland,
which was later acquired by the Keebler Company and is now known as Flowers Baking Company. Even in retirement Gene continued to work part-time for The Mother Murphy Flavor Company.
He was a devoted Seventh-day Adventist and was a long member of Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventists Church.

He was very involved in the community by serving on the Airport Board  of Chattanooga for 15 years, and also on other boards including the Boys Club of Cleveland. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Sue Owens; and his daughter, Denise Veazey-Wille.

He leaves behind to cherish his  memory his  beloved wife of 65 years, Phyllis Veazey; two sons: Gary E. Veazey (Kathy), and Doug Veazey (Rachel); grandchildren: Michael Veazey, Ben Veazey, Martin Veazey (Ashley), and Katherine Flinn (Phillip); and five great-grandchildren. 

Visitation will be Sunday,  from 5 tom 7 p.m., at Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 300 Westview Drive, Cleveland, TN 37311.

He will be interred at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga.

Donations would be welcome to the Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Gene’s memory.

Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Veazey family with these arrangements. 

You are invited to share a personal memory of Gene, or your condolences with his family, at his online memorial located at


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