I grew up calling him "Uncle Eugene". Not sure why except maybe his youngest sister Sue (my mom) called him Eugene. I'm glad you knew him well: he was an awesome guy. I can't smell pipe smoke without thinking of him and my grandfather.
John Pete and Cora were my grandparents. After they moved from Collinsville they lived with my mom and dad until they passed. I was blessed to have them in my life everyday from age 4 to 17 for nannies and 22 for papa. He was 97 when he passed away in 1995. How do you connect to all of this and do you know much of our history? Also, do you still live in Martinsville? I only remember a few of his siblings: Taz, Cabel, Lizzie; I may have spellings wrong and such but those are the names as I remember them.
Great to talk with family I don't believe I ever met.