February 7, 1939 ~ February 18, 2021

Born in: Canton, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Charles Gentry Jr., 82, of Beaverdam, went to be with the Lord on February 18, 2021, at home with his family by his side.

Born in Canton, NC, “Charlie” is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Jean; son, Duane Gentry; daughter-in-law, Kristin Giezentanner Gentry; daughter, Donna Henderson; son-in-law, Tommy Henderson; grandchildren, Nicholas Gentry, Chloe Gentry and Taylor Henderson & wife Kristi; brother, John Gentry; sisters, Jean Gentry and Jo Ann Jones; and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Beatrice Gentry; and his brothers, Leroy and Lonnie Gentry.

Charlie, known for his gregarious personality, healthy appetite, and corny jokes, was passionate about bluegrass music and loved to play his mandolin – especially at the Shindig on the Green. He also loved art, good food and classic cars. Charlie founded Gentry Heating Inc. in 1963, now Gentry Service Group. He was an Air Force veteran, a deacon, and Sunday School teacher.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for this summer. A private graveside service for his family will take place at Lewis Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice who lovingly cared for Charlie during his final days.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Private Burial:

Lewis Memorial Park
415 Beaverdam Road
Asheville, NC 28804


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  1. Much love and many prayers to the family during this time. What a fine man Charles was, you all can be proud. Many fond memories of the Gentrys in Beaverdam. Our love and prayers are with you. Sandy, Gary & Jason Waddell

  2. Many prayers for you all! I wish we were closer and could be with you all in this time! Much love.
    Landon, Candice, Berkley and Callen

  3. Appreciate Charles and family very much, they were a blessing to my family. When I was Pastor At Maranatha they were faithful members. Love

  4. Met Charlie in the early eighties. It was a very cold night and our furnace stopped working. Called several heating repair companies; no one was able to help. Finally reached Gentry heating in the “phone book” and placed the call. He was the only one willing to come to our rescue – that’s who Charlie was. Jean and family: Our love and prayers go out to you in this season. The following verse brings comfort to our lives, may they fill you with comfort in the days ahead. “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord” Psalm 16:7-8

  5. Jean, Duane, Donna and family..I am so sorry for your loss..prayers that God surround you with his perfect peace and love during this difficult time 🙏

  6. Jean, I’m so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. We are in Florida and I was looking for another Obituary and saw Charlie’s. We had some great times together, and will always cherish those times. Prayers for comfort and peace as you and your family face the coming days. Love
    Pat Roberts Grogan.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was such a good friend to me in the days of our business on Merrimon Ave, Pruett Brothers Pick and Grin. He came by at least twice a week and we would talk and pick and then talk and laugh some more. He was genuine and a true gentleman! I hoped I would see him in his later years but we will meet in heaven and maybe talk and pick and laugh! I loved him dearly! Praying for all the family!


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