GENTRY, James Allen Sr.
James Allen Gentry, Sr., 96, of Marietta and a resident at Winnwood Retirement Community, died on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at Tranquility Wellstar Community Hospice Center in Austell. Mr. Gentry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Flonnie Smith Gentry, his youngest son, Richard (Dick) Harlen Gentry, his brother Linton Ben Gentry and sisters Jeanette Gentry Reece and Lula Faye Gentry Kight. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Jo Gentry of Snellville, Jack and Elizabeth Gentry of Marietta, daughter, Gail Gentry Kitchens and husband Joe of Woodstock, and his brother and sister-in-law, Nolan Cecil and Mary Gentry of Ellijay. He leaves a legacy of grandchildren: Jack and Deborah Gentry, Jr., Jamie and Bob Nelson, Julie Gentry, Susan and Jim Walls, Jay and Lesley Gentry, Jenny and Kent Molter, Stephanie and Buddy. Tinley, and Heather Gentry. He also leaves 14 great grandchildren: Matthew Gentry, Hayley and Matt Adamson; Haley, Eric and Jenna Nelson; Allen and Bryan Walls; Mitchell and Ashley Gentry; Mackenzie and Anderson Molter; Sophie and Ellie Tinley. He was born in the community of Hickory Flat, Cherokee County, Georgia, on January 1, 1913 and was the second child of James Harlin and Lula Jane Burtz Gentry. Harlin was a sharecropper and moved his family to Cobb County in 1921 when James was eight years old. He grew up and lived the remainder of his life in Marietta. He retired from Western Electric in 1978 after 37 years of dedicated service. Mr. Gentry and his wife, Flonnie, lived their lives to glorify Christ. They touched the hearts of all who knew them and even the hearts of many who did not. They knew no strangers with Christ's love. They enjoyed attending church services and gospel music concerts. They were active members at Elizabeth Baptist Church since 1956, where Mr. Gentry served as a deacon. His memory will live forever in the hearts of his family. He was Daddy James or Granddaddy to his grandchildren, Jimmy to his Western Electric and Winnwood friends, and forever James Allen to his wife, Flonnie. His grandson, Reverend Jim Walls from Johns Creek Baptist Church, and Reverend Dean Hunter, a family friend from Marietta First Baptist Church, will conduct the memorial. Burial will be in the Cheatham Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons Jack and Jay Gentry, Bob Nelson, Kent Molter, Buddy Tinley and Christopher Simon, fianc to his granddaughter Heather Gentry. He leaves a void on earth but joins the celebration in Heaven. Visitation will be at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home on Monday, September 7, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral Service will Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Mayes Ward-Dobbins Chapel. His body will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Elizabeth Baptist Church, Vision Fund, 325 Kurtz Road NE, Marietta, GA 30066 or Tranquility Wellstar Community Hospice, 4040 Hospital West Drive, Austell, GA 30106. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory in Marietta is in charge of arrangements.