Sumter, South Carolina

Eugene Wheeler Machen, 90, beloved husband of Dortha Anderson Machen, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at his residence.

Born in Hollywood, Alabama, he was the son of the late Thomas Henry Machen and Mary Elizabeth Wheeler Machen. Eugene retired from the US Air Force in 1968 after 20 years of service and later retired from Metropolitan Life in 1988 after 20 years.

He was a member of Crosswell Baptist Church. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Surviving in addition to his wife Dortha are three children, Romeo Machen and his wife Megan of Sumter, Belinda Crislip Meadows and her husband Mike of Milton, Florida and Melissa Machen Black and her husband John of Manning and three grandchildren, Traci Crislip and her husband Dustin, Katie Pernotto and her husband Eric and Ryan Crislip and his wife Erica.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 11 a.m., in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be held in the Ft. Jackson National Cemetery with full military honors at 1 p.m.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. at Bullock Funeral Home on Tuesday.

You may go to and sign the family’s guest book.