July 23, 1957 ~ July 7, 2019

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Terry Lee Gentry, 61, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, following a brief illness.

A native of Buncombe Co., Terry was a son of the late Bill and Shirley Gentry.

Terry was a proud graduate of NC State University. He had recently retired as the Deputy Fire Marshal of Buncombe Co. In addition, he served Enka-Candler Fire and Rescue in several capacities and positions, including: Deputy Fire Chief, Volunteer Firefighter, firefighter representative of the Board of Directors, and for the last 18 months, the Board Chairman. Terry also earned the title of Enka-Candler Fire and Rescue Life Member. Terry’s whole adult life was dedicated to public service for our community and county.

Additionally, Terry was a member of the Enka High School Advisory Council and was a past Master of the Hominy Masonic Lodge #491.

He will be remembered as a loving father of two sons, Bill Gentry and Lee Gentry. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Gentry; brother, Ronnie Gentry; niece, Casey Fender; and nephews, Cody Gentry and Logan Fender, all of Candler.

The funeral service for Mr. Gentry will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Rd., Asheville, NC 28806. Senior Associate Pastor Allen Rash will officiate with honors performed by the Buncombe Co. Firefighters Honor Guard. Interment, with Masonic Rites, will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

His family will receive friends for two hours at the church prior to the service beginning at noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buncombe Co. Firefighters Association for Fallen Firefighters, 164 Erwin Hills Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 or to North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Bahama, NC 27503.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

Services

Visitation: July 10, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville
216 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)254-2187

Funeral Service: July 10, 2019 2:00 pm

Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville
216 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)254-2187

Burial: July 10, 2019 3:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715

828-667-8715

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. My thoughts and prayers to all of the Gentry family. So sorry to hear about Terry. Keep your memories close to your hearts to find your comfort. May God Bless you.

  2. Ronnie, Susan and family…..I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my prayers and sympathy. May God comfort you during this time and beyond.

  3. Mr Terry was a man of honor , man who is someone I could consider a dear frtiend who loved his family and his community. Mr Terry fly high brother and till we met again , love you and will forever remember you ! Thoughts and prayers to the Gentry family !!

  4. Terry will be greatly missed. His service, dedication and willingness to always help the community or just a friend will not be forgotten. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family.
    The Team at Civil Design Concepts

  5. I am so sorry for the passing of Terry. Your whole family is in my prayers. I know you can have comfort in knowing he is out of pain and rejoicing at the Father’s feet.

  6. It was an absolute honor and joy to work with and be friends with Terry over the years. I so appreciated his kindness, humor, and pragmatism, and I know he is greatly missed. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  7. Susan and Ronnie,
    You have suffered much loss in your family. I send my condolences to you both. Pray for God’s comfort once again.

  8. Terry came into Woodfin Elementary with his clipboard and stick for inspections. He was never too busy to share a good laugh or a story about his sons. He was first class!

  9. Dear Family,
    Terry will be greatly missed. Really enjoyed seeing him in our office during TRC meetings and had the pleasure of working with him on projects in the field. Our prayers go out to you. God Bless.

  10. Ronnie, Susan, and Family,
    We are sorry for you loss. It is hard to say good-bye to our loved ones, but what a wonderful reunion we have to look forward to. Rory was there to greet Terry and start showing him the sights of heaven. May the Lord give you grace and peace in the days ahead.
    Our Love in Jesus,
    Royce & Gwenda

  11. Ronnie, Susan, and Family,
    We are sorry for you loss. It is hard to say good-bye to our loved ones, but what a wonderful reunion we have to look forward to. Rory was there to greet Terry and start showing him the sights of heaven. May the Lord give you grace and peace in the days ahead.
    Our Love in Jesus,
    Royce and Gwenda

  12. Lee, Bill and the rest of the family, I,m so sorry for your loss. Nothing I say can make this tragedy any easier for your family. Praying for all involved.

  13. Ronnie and family,
    Terry was a good friend for many years. We are sorry for your loss.
    Sincerely,
    Robert and Cindy Reeves

  14. Terry was an awesome guy! He will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  15. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Terry. Praying for comfort and grace to help you through this difficult time.

  16. Susan and Ronnie,
    I was very sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. Just wanted you to know that you all are in my prayers and thoughts.

  17. I am so sorry for all of you, Terry was a great person. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Many years have I known Terry and all are filled with fond memories. Terry was a kind and thoughtful man who I know will be missed by all that knew him. He and his family will be in my prayers, and may God bless and keep those he loved.

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