Gene Vail, 68 of Shelbyville

Gene Vail, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018, at his residence.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Kevin Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelby County.


Mr. Vail was born January 11, 1950, in the Choice Community of Shelby County, to Jessie Vail and Sadie Borders Vail.  He was the owner and operator of Vail & Son Auto & Wrecker Service since 1983.  Mr. Vail enjoyed hunting in West Texas and also enjoyed fishing with Henry, Ed and his grandkids.  He was known as “PawPaw” to everybody.  Mr. Vail enjoyed playing cards with the Skinners.  He was of the Baptist faith.


He is survived by

Wife: Mary Vail of Shelbyville



Michael Vail and wife, Tonja, of Shelbyville

Tina Perez of Shelbyville


Special Daughter: Becky Adkinson



D.J. Vail and wife, Alison, of Shelbyville

Ashlyn Perez of Shelbyville

Jarod Perez of Shelbyville

Jesse Vail of Shelbyville

Aaron Haessly and wife, Brooke, of Kemp

Anthony Haessly of Kemp

Austin Gregory of Center

Avery Tindol of Center

Jaysen Tindol of Center

Shelby Ross of Louisiana


4 Great Grandchildren


Special Grandson: Maverick



Jessie Vail and wife, Pat, of Greenville

Harlon Vail and wife, Janet, of Dallas



Ellen Burke and husband, Sonny, of Decatur

Ivaneal King and husband, Leonard, of Euless



Jamie Killen and wife, Layla, of Shelbyville

Glen Burke of Decatur


Numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends


Special Friends:

Marshall Skinner and wife, Rita, of Huxley

Ross Ochoa and wife, Charlotte, of Huxley

Ed Cates and wife, Mary, of Grand Prairie


Preceded in death by

Parents: Jessie Vail and Sadie Borders Vail

Sister: Lilly Killen

Brothers: Bill Vail, Leonard Vail


Pallbearers will be Aaron Haessly, Anthony Haessly, William Heintschel III, Kenneth Robinson, Jamie Killen, Ken Graves.  Honorary pallbearer will be Ross Ochoa, Bobby Collins and James McDonald.


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