Gene Burleson

Gene Burleson, “Little Red,” 73, of College Station, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at home.  A memorial service will be held in Elk City in September; date and details TBA via RoxAnn Burleson Baker’s Facebook.

Born August 9, 1942, in Elk City, Oklahoma, to James and Callie Burleson, Gene served in the National Guard as a young adult.  Gene has lived in College Station for the past twenty one years and was a retired mud engineer after being in the oil and gas industry for nearly fifty years. Gene married Camilla in 1970 and joined an instant family with Camilla and her three girls.  A few years later, they would have Gena, and they became the “Girls Scout Troop” wherever they went.  Gene relished in his role as father and taught the girls to be confident, independent young women.  Throughout his life, Gene had a forever smile on his face, never met a stranger, socialized every chance he got, ate at Denny’s with his brother-in-law, talked sports stats with his sons-in-law, and told the greatest stories that grew in grandiosity every time he told them.  If you met Gene, you liked him, and if you knew Gene, you loved him.

He was preceded in death by both his parents; his grandmother who helped raise him, Laura Melinda; brothers, Paul, Ted, and James Gilbert Jr.; sister, Theresa Barnes; his granddaughter, Brandi Jackson; and brother-in-law Paul Moore.

Survivors include his loving wife of forty six years, Camilla Wolford Burleson; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Jackson, Stephanie and John Shelton, RoxAnn and Steve Baker, and Gena and Keith Beeson; grandchildren, Amber Jackson, Nathan Baker, Jared Shelton, Randall Wilber, and Kelli Reynolds; great-grandchildren, Jordan Shelton, Jalen Shelton, and Russell Wilber; sister-in-law Karen Moore of College Station; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Teen Challenge of OK. (

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  1. Camille and family. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and prayers God Bless.

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. When we were kid, Gene always turned up on fried chicken days. He did love his chicken. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  3. The Fenton family is keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers. Shane & Peri, Karla & BT, Kelly & John, Koby & Peyton, & their families, Kayla & Matt, & their families, & Justin & Jeremy, & their families.

  4. Camilla, I’m so sad to hear about Gene. Bless your heart! Just wanted you to know that you have been on Ric and my mind. Prayers to you and your family.

  5. Dear Camilla & family, I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. As you know, me and Gene talked with each other every 3 weeks or so, up until I changed my Cell Phone provider. I was trying over the past few days to “check in” with him when I discovered this sad news. My new number is (713) 518-9778. Please call me or Annette if you ever need any help with anything around your home. I am very proud and honored to have called Gene my friend and mentor over the past 8 years.

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