Edward Gene Eugene Stith

Born: Fri., Nov. 23, 1934
Died: Sat., Feb. 11, 2012

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Edward Eugene "Gene" Stith, 77, passed away on February 11, 2012, at his home in Pilot Rock, Oregon. Gene was born on November 23, 1934, in Enid, OK, to Clarence and Helen Stith. He was the oldest of four boys. The family moved a few times before settling in Buffalo, OK in 1943. It was there he met Patricia Joan Malone and on June 2, 1955, they were married. Both Gene and Patricia attended Oklahoma Baptist University. Gene continued his studies by attending the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1963, Gene became the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Benbrook, Texas. In 1969, he moved his family to Pendleton, Oregon, and continued his ministries, pastoring the Pendleton Baptist Church until 1975 and the Pilot Rock Baptist Church from 1980 until 2005. Besides ministering, Gene was a general contractor and enjoyed building and remodeling houses and installing wood stoves. He became actively involved in the community by announcing the Pilot Rock Rockets girls' basketball games for many years. As many know, singing brought great joy to Gene, so he joined the Inland Northwest Chorale and sang with them for several years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Helen, his brother, Robert Stith, and nephew, Steven Stith. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his children: Debra Stith and husband, Chau Le of California, James "Ed" and Janice Stith of Maryland, Rita and Andrew Arai of Maryland, Julie and Bo Jordan of Arizona, Tricia and Jeff Bateman of Oregon, brothers Charles Stith of New Mexico, and Jerry Stith of Oklahoma, as well as 11 grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Burns Mortuary, 336 SW Dorion, in Pendleton, OR. A viewing is scheduled from 12 noon until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2012. For those near and far, share a story or fond memory of Gene with his family in an online memory book or sign the online guestbook by visiting www.burnsmortuary.com

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JD Stith
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
We miss you Uncle Gene.

Michael Stith
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
You will be greatly missed!

Ruth Snively
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
Pastor Stith was a great Bible teacher. I learned a lot sitting under his teachings. My heartfelt sympathy & prayers go to his family.

Tricia Stith Bateman
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
When I think of my dad, I am in awe in the ways the Lord used him. Primaily through my dad's unusual sence of timing and also through his gift of prayer. I remember multiple times when different people would ask; "How did you know I was in the hospital?" or "How did you know I needed you at this particular moment?" To figure out HOW he actually got there ceratin times, truely had to be the work of God's hand. There is no other explaination. There are very few men I know or have heard pray that have prayed with such conviction and power but yet with a calmness and soothing aspect. A prayer could hold as much of a message as a full sermon. Then to speak of his abilty to preach....I have found no other. If you ever thought he was speaking directly to you, he may have been. I have seen it more than once where he has changed his whole sermon 5 minutes before he started his message. I will miss this great man of God.

Cindy Day Christopher
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
Brother Gene was my first pastor at Benbrook Baptist Church. I was 6 or 7 years old and loved attending church and listening to his sermons. My dad and I got to see him when he came back for the 50 year service. Thoughts and prayers for all of the family. God bless you all, Cindy Day Christopher

Melissa Porter Davis
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
I will forever remember Gene for his proud support of the Rockets. I also recall a very personal visit he made to my grandfather, Linc Porter, the very morning that my grandfather passed away. Gene later told us that he just felt he needed to visit Grandpa that day and if he'd had any clue that Grandpa wouldn't be with us much longer, he would have stayed. Gene's visit meant so much to my Grandpa Linc and he was also a very comforting presence. You will be missed by all Gene.

Fran
   Posted Thu February 16, 2012
Debi - You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jennifer Callahan
   Posted Thu February 16, 2012
My dearest condolences to the family and everyone he has touched over the years. Pastor Gene was the one who baptized me into the christian faith. I was raised a Jehovah Witness for many years and he brought me back to what I had lost. You will be greatly missed.

Kate Brom
   Posted Thu February 16, 2012
I worked with Gene and his son Ed and Jan through their construction business. He was a very hard working, devoted man and took great pride in his work. My sympathies and prayers are with his family. God Bless.

Mike Nelson
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
May Gods peace and love carry you at this time.

Jamie Le
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
I had the pleasure of spending time with "Grandpa" Stith just a few times, though I've heard many great stories from Debi and Coby. My sincerest condolences go out to Grams and the entire Stith Family. Grandpa will always be remembered by the memories they continue to share and the words in which they speak of him so dearly.

mary evans
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
Pat and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Gene will truly be missed. You all were a great part of my life growing up and help build my foundation. Sincerely, Mary VanBibber-Coiner Evans

Katilyn Jordan
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
There are so many memories that I have of my grandpa, but some of them that I have are more extent than others. My very favorite memory would have to be everytime when grandpa would smile at me and brighten my day or whenever he gave a sermone and I would recognize it from a past experience which always showed me that whenever you think of Jeuse that it is like a moment in your life.

Vanessa
   Posted Sat February 18, 2012
My Love, Thoughts & Prayers to all the Stith Family. .

Peggy & Jerry Lane
   Posted Sat February 18, 2012
To the entire Stith Family, We are ever greatful for the role your family played in ourlives during the years we were affiliated with Pendleton Christian School. We will pray for peace for the whole family in your time of sorrow. Jerry & Peggy Lane

Kristene Reiser Ruddle
   Posted Thu February 23, 2012
Dear Pat and family, thank you for Bro. Gene with all of us. Though it has been many years since we have been together, you remain in my heart, my thoughts and prayers. Gene was an important part of my youth and young adult life. He will not be forgotten. Many blessings to you all. love, Kristene

Sara
   Posted Thu March 01, 2012
Pat, I can't believe it was 2004 when we met at FBBenbrook's anniversary. You & Bro. Gene were the BEST youth ministers. We went so many places on a low budget: homes in Waco to sing "The Messiah",Lake Lavon, Glorieta, and Falls Creek. I went back in 1994 to see the small Glorieta cabin. It was still there with the campfire where Pat cooked. I, too, remember Prince of Paris & Sunday night Training Union/fellowship. It would be a difficult program to match. He may have regretted letting us meet with Birchman Avenue's youth group. Several couples resulted in what I now know were very youthful marriages: Marilyn & Charlie, Sandy & Elmo, Bill & I. No regrets for me. It was also Bro. Gene who was present at the time of my father's death when I was 15. Shortly after that we were devastated by the death of Peggy Hatfield. I can't say enough about the lifelong influence Gene had on my life. Remembering all of you to the One who loves us all, Sara "Cookie" Reiser Stokes

Sandy Smith
   Posted Sun March 04, 2012
Dear Pat, Bless your heart and love to you and your family. I am so thankful to have had you and Gene in my life as a youth minister. I have thought of you so many times through out the years. Our youth group had such a wonderful time and the messages shared with us about the Lord have had a lasting impact on not only us but our families and now our grandchildren.Elmo went home to be with the Lord in 2005 and the last 20 years of our married life was spent in Shawnee OK where you and Gene went to college. One of our daughters and her husband graduated from there as well. I am please to say her husband is also my pastor, loving people and telling them of Jesus love like you and Gene did. with much love Sandy Smith

Kimberly Warner
   Posted Fri August 17, 2012
It is with fondness and deep gratitude that I remember Brother Gene, Pat, and your five children. Your ability to accept me as I was, your humbleness, your humanness , and your sincere faith left an indelible mark on me. Thank you all so much. I'm so sorry to hear of Brother Gene's passing.

Allen Holt
   Posted Sun December 01, 2013
Gene and I were roommates, the second semester of our freshman year at Oklahoma Baptist University, and we have followed each other's careers since that time. It was a privilege for me to visit with Gene while I was working at the National Institutes of Health, on one of his visits to be with his daughter in this area. Gene had the gift to relate to people of all strata of income levels, educational status and racial heritage and share with them his understanding of the Gospel. Allen Holt

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