Salvation Army leader passes away

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Eugene Broome followed God's path for him all around the South and to 22 foreign countries during a career with the Salvation Army. But the last four years battling cancer brought an entirely new ministry for Broome and his wife Priscilla.

Broome's mission ended Sunday, when the Lawrenceville man, 64, died at a hospice facility.

"It's just been an incredible journey God has had for us," Priscilla Bloome said, adding that her husband's life was about more than his work with finances and information technology, although he fulfilled God's calling there to. "Our ministry has not just been on the computer."

Broome, an Albany native who was commissioned by the Salvation Army in 1969, had worked in various capacities, including as a pastor. His most recent title was territorial audit secretary, where he helped the organization's divisions in 15 Southern states and Washington D.C.

Despite his long battle with cancer, people were amazed at his commitment, checking on work issues days before his death, and inspiring nurses and hospital staff with his deep, loving relationship with his wife.

"He was just known for being such an encourager and a teacher," Priscilla Bloome said. "God gifted us with an incredible relationship."

The two were married 44 years, and she worked along side him at the Salvation Army. They had three daughters and seven grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Tom Wages Funeral home in Lawrenceville and from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Atlanta Temple Corps, where the body will lie in state. A service celebrating his life will be held at noon at the Druid Hills Road location.

In lieu f flowers, donations can be mailed to the Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters, 1424 Northeast Expressway, Atlant, Ga. 30329 in memory of Broome. The money will be forwarded to the international headquarters' international retirement officers endowment fund.