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Eugene Michael Poppitt, Sr.  

Eugene Michael Poppitt, Sr.

May 27, 1951 – March 11, 2017

Eugene Michael Poppitt, Sr., age 65, of Lincoln, DE, passed away quietly on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

A native Delawarean, Gene was born in Wilmington on May 27, 1951 and was the youngest of three children of the late Julius and Jean (Carello) Poppitt. He proudly served his country as a member of the Delaware Air National Guard in New Castle from 1970 until 2000. After retirement, Gene went on to pursue many opportunities. He and his wife, Dora, eventually settled in Sussex County where together, they built Cedar Creek General Store. Gene and Dora not only built a business and a brand, they built a new chapter in their life with blood, sweat, some tears and most importantly – love.

In his leisure time, Gene loved to fish and those closest to him will remember the adventures and perhaps some embellished tales. He was a respected man with friends from all walks of life. Gene will be fondly remembered as the life of the party, an amazing storyteller, dedicated family man, and as a fierce and loyal friend.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older sister, Angeline M. Rees. The two had a close bond and were warriors sharing the same disease.

Gene is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Dora M. (Brown) Poppitt; brother, Julius (Jules) Poppitt; daughter, Jennifer G. Torrey; sons, Eugene (Geno) Michael Poppitt, Jr., Timothy Evan Poppitt and Jason A. Brown; 8 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A committal service will be held at 2 pm on Thursday afternoon, March 16, 2017, in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, DE. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gene’s memory may be sent to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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  1. Vin & Patti Romano, March 13, 2017

    Dear Jen, Tony and family, 
    Words can not express the heartache we feel for your family. You are such lovely people and we adore you. please know that we are praying for your dad that he may RIP. We would love to see you in the near future. all our hugs and good energy,

  2. Connie Matthews, March 13, 2017

    Dora, My heart is breaking for you. I am so far away, I wish I could be there with you.

  3. Lucille Foster, March 13, 2017

    Jennifer, I send my love to you and Tony. I know what a difficult time this can be. You talked about your dad when we first met and how difficult it was to be away from him during his sickness. But that you realized how proud he was of you and wanted and wished for your success in your new career. I know that he had to have been proud when he could tell people that his little girl drove a truck and was hell on wheels. lol Remember and cherish the good times my friend. They will help you through the tough. With love and affection, and a great big ole hug. Lucie

  4. Rhonda Fauver, March 13, 2017

    I’m so very sorry for your loss! My prayers, thoughts, and love are with ya’ll as always !

  5. SHANNON MARVEL, March 13, 2017

    I feel honored to have met Gene. He was such a kind soul.

  6. George and marilyn Dallas, March 13, 2017

    May the happy memories you shared give you comfort through the days ahead. Our sympathy to you Jennifer and your family

  7. Susan M Schening, March 14, 2017

    Dear Dora, I did not know Gene that well but he was always willing to help out. I will always remember him for just being so kind and helpful. The fact he loves the cats makes him that much more special. I hope if you should need anything that you will call me. Take care of you now, he is fine. God bless you and his Family. Susan

  8. George & Barbara Tulowitzki, March 14, 2017

    Dora, Our Condolences to You, Your Family and to Jules. May God Bless You All with Peace and Love. May The Blessings Be

  9. RUSTY RODGERS, March 14, 2017

    I had the pleasure knowing and working with Gene for a number of years. You were always in for a lot of laughs when you were around Gene. He was one of a kind. I loved his fishing stories. He was also a very hard worker when he worked for the guard. You could always count on him getting the job done right. My sympathies to Dora and Gene’s children and grand children. May he rest in peace.

  10. Helen Duffy Grubb, March 14, 2017

    I worked with Gene in the same office for over 20 years, what fun we had and the stories he could tell!!!!! He was like a brother to me. He loved his wife, Dora, his kids, and grandkids and was so very proud of you all! I will miss him terribly. Rest in peace my friend.

  11. Jamie and Paul Capuano, March 14, 2017

    Jenn, our deepest sympathy for you and your family. I’m giving you hugs. I hope you can feel them. Love and prayers for peace and comfort. Jamie and Paul

  12. Fran Burnham, March 15, 2017


    I am so sorry to hear that Gene has passed. My heart goes out to you.


  13. Shirley Larke, March 15, 2017

    To Dora and Family,

    I extended my sincere and deepest condolences to “All of You”…on the passing of your “Beloved Husband, Father, Brother and Loved One (Gene). He is now resting peacefully, in the arms of our “Heavenly Father”. May “GOD” continue to keep “All of You” in his tender loving care..

    Blessings and Peace,

  14. Earl Jaques, March 15, 2017

    I had the great pleasure to work and know Gene for a number of years. He was always the life of the party. No matter how you felt, after talking with Gene you felt better!! He was one of the reasons working at the Guard’s was so much fun!!!! I’m lucky that he passed my way! Miss you Gene!!!

  15. Nancy ward, March 16, 2017

    Dora, I met Gene at the spca in bringing in Hocus Pocus. Big smile on his face and love for the cats (and the women who love them) in his heart. So sorry for your loss. Will see you soon, back from Florida in May.

  16. Mike Rush, March 18, 2017

    Gene will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a great “Wilmington Manor Boy”!

  17. Gabriel, March 30, 2017

    I am sorry for your loss. Please accept sincere condolences to the family. May the good memories you have have helped you through the difficult days ahead. Something that can bring you comfort is knowing that in the Bible it promises that sickness, suffering and death will be be no more (Revelation 21:4). I hope this can bring you comfort now.


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