Eugene “Gene” Lee McCord, 76, formerly of Covington, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016. He was born in Newton County, graduated from Newton County High School and received an engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Gene, a lover of politics, worked and served in many different areas during his lifetime. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Shortly after, he consulted in areas of public works, rural affairs, low head hydroelectric redevelopment as a White House Advisor and was appointed as Floor Leader for President Jimmy Carter during the 1980 Democratic National Convention. During his time in Washington, D.C., he lobbied for special interests particularly public works and military affairs. He also became a special assistant to the Commission for the Georgia Department of Transportation. Thereafter, he was a partner and Vice-President of Porterdale Hydroelectric, Vice-President of Leggett, Lanier and Associates, President of Moldova-Georgia USA Business Centre and an associate of Capital Link Corporation. In addition, Gene was the Ambassador at Large for the Ambassador to Moldova, Knights of Malta OSJ. He was responsible for projects of a benevolent nature.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie “Wendy” and Susie Bell (Dial) McCord; former wife Billie
McCord; sister, Sarah Ann Madden and her, spouse Hugh Madden. Surviving siblings include Shirley
(James) Hobbs, Elaine (Wayne) Mealor, James “Jimmy” McCord, and Greg (Karen) McCord; as well as several nieces, nephews and his, beloved dog “Pepper”.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 12, 2016, 2 p.m., at Salem Campground Tabernacle, 3962 Salem Road in Covington.
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