Born: May 4, 1918, Greenwood, Arkansas.
Died: July 10, 1988, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Buried: Resurrection Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Gene was the son of songwriter Eugene Bartlett, Sr., and Joan Tatum.
He was educated at John Brown University (BA), & Oklahoma Baptist University (BM, honorary DMus).
He was minister of music at three Baptist churches in Arkansas; at Trinity Baptist Church, Oklahoma City (1947–54); and Director of Church Music for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (1954).
He was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2000.