Eugene “Champ” A. Sebastian

Eugene “Champ” A. Sebastian, age 92, of Fayetteville passed away April 14, 2019.
Gene was born on April 7, 1927 and started his career in Boxing at the age of 14. Gene fought through the amateur ranks and entered World War II at the age of 17 where he served in the South Pacific for the United States Navy and won the coveted title of Middleweight Champ of the South Pacific. After the duration of the war, Gene, fought throughout the Pennsylvania/Ohio Valley. Gene assisted with the boxing competition during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA and served as Co-Official for Georgia USA Boxing.
Gene began his career in Law Enforcement in 1950 as a Pennsylvania State Trooper. In 1958 he joined Eastern Air Lines as their Security Representative and remained with Eastern until his appointment as Corporate Security Director, Northeast Air Lines in 1965. Gene stayed with Northeast until the Delta/Northeast merger in 1971. He served as a U.S. Federal Air Marshal from 1971 to 1981. He was then selected as the FAA’s Security Field Chief in August 1982, appointed Division Manager, New England Region.
In April 1986, Gene transferred to Atlanta, GA., as Manager of FAA Security Field Offices, Southern Region.
Gene retired from his successful career with the Federal Aviation Administration in 1996.
Along with his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years: Mae Sebastian; brothers: Jack Soose and former Undefeated Middleweight Champion of the World Billy Soose; sisters: Renee and Marie Sebastian. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Dara and Bill Wickson of Hampton, Lisa and Marty Hutsell of Bloomington, IN; son and daughter-in-law: Scott and Sandra Sebastian of Newnan; grandchildren: Kristin (James) Kirtland, Jay (Alyessia) Sebastian and Scott Stone; great-grandchildren: Aiden, Karick, Rowan, Persephone and Avery.
A memorial service will be held in Gene’s honor at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Fayetteville Christian Church, 114 Hickory Road, Fayetteville, 30214. The Sebastian family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville. Messages of condolence may be left at