Though Eugene was one of the appreciated figures in United States, information about his love affairs and married life was unknown in the media. His nationality was American and he was of white ethnicity. There is no any information about his brothers and sisters.
In the early 1940s, he joined Marion Military Institute but at the end of 1942 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a volunteer. As a US marine, he served in the K (King) Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines and 1st Marine Division (K/3/5). His highest rank was Corporal. During the Battle of Peleliu and Battle of Okinawa, he served as a 60 mm mortarman. In the early 1946, he received the honorable discharge from the Marine Corps. Later on he joined Auburn University and he finally earned his Bachelor of Science degree from there at the end of 1940s. He also joined University of Florida in the mid 1950s as research assistant and worked there till 1960. From 1962, he began working at Alabama College as its assistant professor.
Eugene died at the age of 77 in Montevallo, Alabama, United States. He died on 3rd of March 2001. His net worth was unknown.