Unfortunately, a man who hosted thousands upon thousands of people at his farm every year for the Jay Peanut Festival has passed away. The name of the man was Eugene Emil Gabbert and he was well-known for Gene Gabbert. He was 84 years old when he died.

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He was a very famous name in the world of farming and Gene and his wife saw crowds reaching 75,000 or more visit the Jay Peanut Festival. The number of people starts increasing from the first weekend of each October. So far, his family members are totally devastated to hear about this tragic loss and they are mourning his unfortunate demise.

Eugene Emil Gabbert Death Reason

Gene self-started the Jay Peanut Festival in 1990 in memory of his daughter Melissa Caroline Gabbert who died of cancer. On his unfortunate death, his wife Brenda said “I was fortunate to have spent 61 years of marriage to the most wonderful man and the most loving father to our daughters”.

Let us also tell you that the Jay Peanut Festival has received many accolades over the years – including the U.S. Congress recognition is also included. His sudden demise has broken his wife totally and she is very upset and going through a very tough pain.

If we talk about her personal life, he was born in 1937 on a 160-acre farm in Minnesota. Brenda further says “Gene loved living on his family farm, as he did on ours here on Pine Level Church Road”. After he completed his studies, he joined Air Force when he was just 19 years old.

Jay Peanut Festival Host Gene Gabbert Passed Away at 84

He served four years of active duty and two years in the reserve. When he married Brenda, he was serving at Tyndall Air Force Base. He married after completing his graduation from Bay High School in Panama City.

He also served for a private telephone company in Minnesota and General Dynamics before becoming a supervisor at Western Electric and then Southern Bell. In 1975, the couple went from Cantonment to Jay, opening a John Deere dealership they worked for 11 years.

He served as a salesman and proceeded to farm. Unfortunately, we have lost a very great person who started the Jay Peanut Festival where thousands of people arrived every year. Currently, there are several people mourning his unfortunate demise and paying rich tribute to the person. Our deepest condolences to his family members as they are going through a very tough time.


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