Rev. Earl Gene Wise of Coffee Springs, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023. He was 91. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023, in the chapel of Pittman Funeral Home in Geneva with Rev. Elbert Smith, officiating. Burial will follow at Meadowlawn Memorial Park with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva, directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, January 22, 2023, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.
Rev. Wise was born in the Ino Community of Coffee County, AL on October 4, 1931, to the late Eulon A. and Winnie Jewel Brooks Wise. He served in the Alabama National Guard when he was a senior in high school. He was mobilized during the Korean War. He had his A&P License, and he worked at Ft. Rucker for twenty-eight years. He served as a Southern Baptist Minister to six different churches. He was also a lifelong farmer. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marjorie Jean Wise; grandson, Patrick Thomas McGowan; and a brother, Ted Wise.
He is survived by his wife of seventy-one years, Merline McLean Wise; four daughters, Faye Wise Conaway (Keith) of Tennessee, Martha Gale Wise, Jeanie McGowan (Frank) all of Coffee Springs, and Donna Seay (Kenneth) of Kinston; seven grandchildren, Sandy Harmann, Ashley LeCompte, Samantha Gale Brown Roy aka Wheetie, Hannah Seay, Erin Elenburg, and Kala Seay; thirteen great-grandchildren, Hunter Brown Roy “The Boy”, Emily Harmann, Kelly LeCompte, Jeremy LeCompte, Lillie “Pad” Roy, Jaden Howard, Sarah Grace Harmann, Alex Broun, Simon Broun, Preston Elenburg, Jr., Ryder McCleod, Ezra Elenburg, and Elijah Elenburg, two brothers, Ronald Wise (Arie), and Tim Wise (Patricia); and a sister-in-law, Maxine Wise.