A Celebration of Life
by The Press and Standard | August 25, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 9:37 am
Doctor’s Creek man
gets a surprise
for his 80th birthday.
By Tasha Werts
Family, friends, and co-workers from as far as Oklahoma, Delaware, Florida, and Maryland gathered together on Aug. 11 to celebrate the 80th birthday of Gene Lester Generette.
Initially planned as a surprise party, the secret slowly began to unravel when Generette watched as, one-by-one, a 20×40 tent and a bounce house were erected on his property in the Doctor’s Creek area. “Oh, something’s about to go down here!” exclaimed Generette.
As more and more family members began to trickle into town, Generette excitedly became more suspicious that what he thought was his own small plan to “throw a little bit of meat on the grill” was turning into something much greater than he ever imagined.
As Generette stepped out of his front door without the assistance of his oxygen tank, scores of loved ones stood in his front yard giving him an honorary round of applause before joining hands and encircling him in prayer to enjoy the day’s festivities of food and celebration.
It was just less than a year ago that Generette underwent triple bypass surgery and received a pacemaker to help regulate his heart. Before his surgery, he could barely walk from his recliner to his bedroom without being overcome with exhaustion.
Now today, at 80, this lifelong Colleton County resident is back to work with L. Dean Construction. During his 62-year career in construction, Generette worked on such projects as the Mark Clark Expressway, Johns Island’s Maybank Village, Nexton Phase I and the Chem-Nuclear Burial Site.
On any given day, you can also find him spending his leisure time enjoying family, fishing for bass at his pond or farming on his little red 1949 Farmall tractor.
Always stepping into the role as a father to many, and with just a seventh-grade education, he consistently encourages every young person who crosses his path to stay in school and further their education.
Reflecting over his life and looking out at all of the family and friends who gathered in his honor, Generette humbly says, “I’m just so blessed.”