Mr. Ray Gentry age 67 of Smithville died at 4:16 p.m. Wednesday afternoon November 18, 2015 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon where he was admitted November 9th.
Graveside services and interment will be conducted in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens on Saturday afternoon November 28th at 3 p.m. His children will deliver the eulogy and his brother Eld. Charles Allen Gentry will do the benediction. Burial will be beside his son Charlie Joe Gentry who died accidentally January 5, 2002 at the age of 31.
The family will receive friends at Sanderson in Carthage on Saturday November 28th from noon until leaving for the cemetery at 2:45 p.m.
He was born Ray Arnold Gentry in the Helms Bend Community on June 29, 1948 and was one of four children of the late Charlie Washington Gentry who died at the age of 58 on January 1, 1971 and Erma June Vaden Gentry who died at the age of 92 on August 6, 2007.
Mr. Gentry attended Smith County High School and was saved at the age of 12 at the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Caney Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Helms Bend and by letter transferred his membership to the Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty.
He was a retired automotive technician and formally owned and operated an auto repair shop on Dixon Springs Highway in Carthage and before his illness forced his retirement he owned and operated an auto repair service in Smithville.
He was the founder and former owner of the building of the Am Vets Post 101 in Smithville and where he actively assisted with many charity events for veterans and needy families.
In his younger days he enjoyed coon hunting and golfing and with his smile and wry sense of humor, he always had a new joke to tell.
Surviving is the mother of his children and caregiver, Connie Farmer Gentry Silcox and husband Thomas of Alexandria; daughter, Danyella Gentry Apple and husband Matt of Lebanon; son, Rick Gentry and wife Christy of Pleasant View; sister, Katie Watts and husband David of Chestnut Mound; two brothers, Eld. Charles Allen Gentry & wife Glenda Angel Gentry of Carthage; Bobby Gentry and wife Peggy Thomas Gentry of Brush Creek; grandchildren, Logan and Abbey Apple Zachary & Regan Gentry; beloved best friend, his dog Jake; several nieces and nephews.
The Gentry family requests memorials to the American Diabetes Association.
Sanderson Funeral Home, Carthage, are in charge of the arrangements.
November 25, 2015