Virgil Eugene ‘Gene’ Janis

Gene Janis

Virgil Eugene Janis, known to most as “Gene,” passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019. He was 74.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1944 in St. Louis, the son of the late Virgil Aubrey and Yetta (Carty) Janis.

Gene is survived by his daughter, Julie Alphin and husband, Michael of Yantis, TX; his special friend and caretaker, Barbara Hurt of Ironton; brother, Darrell Janis of St. Louis; special cousin, Donna Culler and husband, Gary of St. Louis; his friend, Charlie Kitchens of Ironton; and three granddaughters; Emma, Chloe, and Olivia Alphin all of Yantis, TX.

In addition to his parents Gene was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Miller.

Gene served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War era.  He enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends in local coffee shops.

Graveside services will be held at Graniteville Cemetery at 11 a.m. on April 3, 2019 with full military honors.  Pastor Charlie Buford will preside over the services.  Memorials made be made to Graniteville Cemetery Association.

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