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Eugene Fuller Pierpoint Jr.

Posted By Jackie Andrews On March 26, 2019 @ 12:08 pm In Obituaries | 4 Comments


Phoenix, Arizona – Eugene F. Pierpoint Jr., who went by “Gene”, peacefully departed at the age of 63 on March 14, 2019. Gene was born in Lakewood, Ohio on April 17, 1955 to Janet (Poulson) Pierpoint and Eugene Fuller Pierpoint Sr. He was the second child born in a family of four children. Gene is survived by his partner and companion of 38 years and love of his life Linda Lynn; two sons: Skyler Ray Pierpoint (oldest) and Eugene Fuller Pierpoint III (youngest); granddaughters: Charlotte (Charlie) Jo Pierpoint, Kerryann Rose Pierpoint and Violet Gene Pierpoint; grandson: Grady Lynn Carden; siblings: Paul Pierpoint, David Pierpoint and Pamela Cashdollar.

Gene and his family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was 10 years old. In November of 1972 Gene joined the United States Army and began his military training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and then was stationed in Bayreuth, Germany. There he was assigned as the personal driver for the Full “Bird” Colonel who was base commander for 12 months. This experience would soon prove to be the birthplace of his inspiration that later defined his career. After his departure from the Army he moved to Phoenix, Arizona in August of 1976.

A couple years later in August, 1979 (at the age of 24 years old) he took his experiences and knowledge from the military and as a lead valet for The Hyatt Regency and went ahead and created the first luxury limousine service in Arizona. In an era without internet, computers, cell phones or GPS; challenges arose that were met with impeccable work ethic, ingenuity, innovation, professionalism and perseverance. Gene was a pioneer and helped create a market that paved the way for high end chauffeur transportation in Arizona. Gene was the founder of the Arizona Livery Association (now known as the Arizona Limousine Association) and served as the ALA Director and President for many years. He also went on to serve on the board of the National Limousine Association for multiple terms. He became NLA Operator of the Year in 1990, Limousine & Chauffeur Operator of the Year in 1991 and won numerous other awards & nominations.

Gene was the epitome of charisma and had a smile that would light up a room. A palpable energy and enthusiasm that was contagious. Gene reminded the people around him that hard work was the backbone to success and at the same time you have to enjoy life while you can. A class act gentleman that illustrated proper etiquette in all aspects of life. Anyone who ever spoke to Gene will remember the warmth and transparency in his voice that he was able to articulate so eloquently. He stressed the importance of family, integrity, honesty, respect, courtesy and always striving to “do the right thing”. The handsome stud and all of his joy that he brought to this world and his family will forever be cherished and never forgotten. And for all of his qualities and accomplishments his most important task as a human being was fulfilled. Eugene Fuller Pierpoint Jr. was the best dad ever. RIP.

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Condolence from Pat (Horn) Gunther on March 27th, 2019 8:05 am

Gene will be missed. I have not seen him in a long time but always knew he would be there when I made it to his neck of the woods. When I look back at our youth he will always be there with that smile and laugh.

Condolence from Karen Gyrsting on April 1st, 2019 10:22 am

To Gene’s family,
Gene’s mother, Janet and my father, Paul, were first cousins, which made Gene and I some kind of “removed” cousin. Last week I heard of Gene’s passing from another of his “removed” cousins, Yvonne, and together we were so sorry to hear the news.
My memories of Gene’s goodness and loving disposition were made during our too few family visits. Being two years older than I was, Gene was always patient with me and never made me feel that he minded this little cousin who probably pestered him constantly! He made sure to include me in any games or activities that the older kids were playing. I remember as a three year old that I would hold Gene’s hand wherever we went. I felt that we were inseparable and when I was walking next to him, he made me feel like I mattered. Even later, when Gene was in high school and I was still an awkward middleschooler, he spent time teaching me how to play the drums on his drum set. I can’t imagine how horrible my playing must have sounded but I left to go home thinking I was really good at drums just because of the reinforcement and encouragement that Gene gave me!
As I look back as an adult on those memories, I realize now how much was driven by the incredible human being that was Gene. Our family visits stopped and I am sorry to say that I never knew Gene as an adult. However, based on the caring, patient and actualizing way that a young Gene treated his little cousin, I can only imagine what a wonderful man, partner and father he became. Reading his beautiful tribute, I can see that he was!
Please know that I will always hold a place in my heart for the very special light that was my cousin, Gene.

Condolence from Pam Pierpoint Cashdollar on July 31st, 2019 8:25 am

Dear Karen.,
I just now read your beautiful tribute to my brother, Gene and want to thank you for sharing your heart.
We mourn his loss continually but talking about the gift we all had because he lived is so powerful.
Thank you.
Now, why is it the family stopped visiting? Can we get that reinstated? Bruce and I are retired and could come there and we now have guest rooms as kids all moved on so come visit us!

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