Eugene C. Barineau LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Tech lost its biggest fan (and proudest alum) with the passing of Eugene C. Barineau on Thursday, October 27. Gene loved his Yellow Jackets, but he treasured his family even more, who were at his side when he passed away. A native of Clarkston, GA, Gene was born in 1932. He was son of the late Hence C. and Margaret Rice Barineau. Known as “Bubba” by family and childhood friends, Gene was a 1950 graduate of Clarkston High School. He was a proud participant in Georgia Tech’s co-op program with Georgia Power Company, graduating in 1957 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Gene went on to spend his entire 42-year career at Georgia Power, where he moved through the ranks to become vice president of the Macon Division before coming back to the Atlanta corporate headquarters as vice president of labor relations. He retired from the company in 1994. Among his many accomplishments, Gene served as chairman of public affairs for the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and also served on the boards of Citizens & Southern Bank and the Macon Opera House. A member of First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, Gene was also a longtime member of Civitan International, volunteered with the Salvation Army and served on the finance committees of the churches he and his family attended. Surviving Gene are his wife of 64 years, Dot Whelchel Barineau of Lawrenceville; daughter Janet Jacobs and her husband Jim of Lawrenceville; son Ben Barineau and his wife Cara of Atlanta; grandchildren Neal Jacobs of Bethlehem, GA, Laura-Ann Jacobs of Ann Arbor, MI, Brynn Barineau and husband Alceu Mauricio, Jr. of Vitoria, Brazil and Josh Barineau and wife Lauren of Decatur; great-grandchildren Audrey Barineau Mauricio of Vitoria, Brazil and Ellie Barineau of Decatur; and sister Joyce Barineau of Grayson. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his sister Betty Barineau McElreath. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, Oct. 31 at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. The family will receive friends starting at 1:00, with the service following at 2:00. Wages & Sons Funeral Home of Lawrenceville is handling arrangements. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, the Heart Association or First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. Friends may sign the online registry at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. Gene will be missed. I worked for him and enjoyed knowing him. Believe it or not we had some fun times together.

    Bob Prescott

  2. My dearest Uncle Gene:
    You will be missed so much by your family and your nephews and nieces of the Billie Whelchel family. Thanksgivings were so much fun in the basement and at Grandpa and Mama Ceil on the farm. But I will never forget your great and gentle nature. You loved our family and you were apart of who we are today. You will be terribly missed. So may God Bless you and keep you safe in his arms until we all meet again.

  3. Tuesday will never be the same for me now without our talks and pray time you were a great friend and will be missed very dearly

  4. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you cherish many fond memories. In deepest sympathy.

    Ann Crain
    Prospect Creek

  5. So sorry for your loss, Dot. Glad you are surrounded by family and friends who are there for you. Jim and I will keep you in our prayers.

  6. We will miss Gene and his wonderful smile and generous love for our family. I remember when Dotty fell in love with Gene and their beautiful wedding. We were so proud of Dotty and Gene in the Whelchel family. It has been my joy to see them grow together through life and cherish their children. Dotty, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all your family.

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort continue to be with you and your family during this difficult time. We all look forward to a time when death will be no more- Rev 21:4. Our prayers are with you.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dot and the family. We have many happy memories of our years as your neighbor.
    Damon and Jackie Frost and
    Jeff, Jamie, David and Roger

  9. Dottie and Family,
    We were so saddened to hear of Gene’s passing. We looked forward to seeing him and talking to him at the Reunions. We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    Love, Polly & Clarence Clodfelter

  10. Dot,
    I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. I pray for comfort and peace for you and family.

    Martha Matthews
    McDonough, GA

  11. Dot, I am so sorry! I know the last few years have been difficult but I know the Lord will comfort you. Thankful for precious memories. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Jimmy and Lesa Whitworth

  12. Dottie,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so saddened to learn of Gene’s death. May God wrap His arms around you and comfort you in your loss. Much love, Sallie Riddell

  13. Our dear, dear friend. We will miss you terribly. We have shared so many wonderful adventures with you and Dot these last 25 years. Dot, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Dear Dot: We were so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. He certainly put up a very strong battle but now he is a peace. We pray for your strength as you face the days ahead. You are in our thoughts. With love, John and Eileen Cushma Prospect Creek

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