Thomas E. “Gene” Brockett, 81, of Jackson passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

He was born May 25, 1934, in Oran, Missouri, to Thomas M. and Nona Hughes Brockett.  He and Barbara Schmidt were married July 28, 1956.  They were married nearly 40 years when she passed away June 10, 1996.

Gene graduated from Oran High School.  He entered the U.S. Army during the Korean War Era, May 4, 1953, in St. Louis.  He was honorably discharged, a Tech 3, on May 3, 1956, at Fort Lewis, Washington.  In the late 1950’s, he graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

In 1969, the Brockett family moved from Oran to Jackson, and purchased the former Fulenwider Drug Store in uptown Jackson.  They later purchased Jones Drug Store in Jackson, and in more recent years, Twin City Pharmacy in Marble Hill, partnering with Don Brown and Bryan Kiefer.  Gene was known for his dedication to his customers and their well-being.

In the early 1960’s Gene earned his pilot’s license.  He thoroughly enjoyed flying and the many friendships he acquired through the Cape Girardeau Airport.  One of his flying partners was his good friend, John Ellis of Jackson.  Another of his favorite hobbies was playing tennis.

Loving survivors include two daughters, Lesa Brockett Gubbini of Dunedin, Florida and Gina Brockett Phillips of Jackson; a granddaughter, Meagan Phillips of Atlanta, Georgia; a sister-in-law, Frances (the late Kenneth) Brockett of Cape Girardeau; two nieces, Sue Brockett (Brian Rogers) of Burfordville, Ann Brockett (Buck Richmond) of St. Louis; and his many co-workers at both pharmacies.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Thomas K. “Tom” Brockett in 1994, a brother, Charles K. “Kenneth” Brockett in 2015; and his parents.

Friends may call from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. An American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

The funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at the funeral home with the Rev. Stan Hargis officiating.

Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens in Morley, Missouri, with full military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Safe Harbor Animal Shelter, the Humane Society of SEMO, or A Sister’s Hope.

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  1. Bill and Janice Unger

    So sorry. We are out of town so can’t be there . Will always remember when you guys lived on Oakland and your white German sheperd Max would ring our door bell looking for you kids. Again heartfelt sympathy.

  2. Bob Fields

    Gene and I played doubles tennis back in the 70’s and 80’s with Wayne Maupin and Bob Goodwin several times a week and had lots of laughs and loads of fun. Gene was always a true gentleman and good friend and generous to many. Susan and I will miss this wonderful, wonderful man.

  3. Beverly Prater

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brockett Family. Gene always had a smile anytime I saw him.

  4. Prayers are up for all the family. Lesa and Gina……I am so sorry I cannot come by but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad was a special guy and will be sorely missed by all. May God bless you and your families!

  5. John Jordan

    Gene touched so many lives in this area with healing hands and a healing heart. He had a heart of gold and would do anything to help someone when they were sick. On many occasions when our kids were small and got sick, Gene would open up the store to get a bottle of medicine for them. It didn’t matter what time of night it might be, he was always ready to help others. He was an honest businessman, a great husband and father, and to me a great friend. Our lives around this area are much healthier because of Gene Brockett. Thanks Gene for touching our lives in such a positive way. Godspeed old friend.

  6. Carol McManaman Lawson

    Gene was a generous, thoughtful man. I will truly miss him.



  8. Gina, Lesa – please know how much we will all miss your father. He was interactve with all his customers, had a smile for everyone & loved to talk sports – or inability to do so as we got older. :rest in peace, Gene!

  9. Ed and Sue Burford

    Gina and Lesa — We were so sorry today to learn of Gene’s death in the SEMissourian on line . We are currently in Colorado and unable to get home in time for the services. Please know that we are thinking of you at this time. Gene was one of our oldest and dearest friends.

  10. sheryl scheper

    To the Brockett girls, sorry for your loss, sending thoughts and prayers to you. God bless…

  11. Michelle Seabaugh

    Gina and Lesa your father will be missed. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone
    My thoughts are with you

  12. Marcus Long

    I would like to send out my condolences to the Brockett family. Although I only met Gene a few times, I remember many fond stories that Mrs. Barb Brockett share with her history class at Meadow Heights High School. Barb was so very proud of her family, I am sure Gene will be missed. Your family will be in my prayer.
    Marcus Long and Family

  13. Robert Hale

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts will be with you during this difficult time.

  14. Dorothy and Leah Petty

    We are so sorry to hear about Gene’s passing. The many memories of Gene and your family come to mind. Gene’s caring nature for all his friends and customers will be his lasting legacy.

  15. Steven Friga

    My thoughts and prayers for Gina, Lesa and your family during this difficult time. May he RIP.

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