May 13, 1916 ~ February 9, 2002

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

Fletcher - William Albert Gentry, 85, of 303 Gentry Farm Road, died Saturday, February 9, 2002 at his residence.

A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Joseph B. and Mary Loretta Plemmons Gentry and husband of the late Ellen Louise Green Gentry, who died in 1998. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Artie Cole, Dorthea Mauney Webb and Artha Worley and one brother, Glenn R. Gentry.

Mr. Gentry was a member of Hoopers Creek Baptist Church and retired from the American Enka Corp with 29 years of service. He was also a retired farmer and was active with the Henderson County ASC.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Ruth Norton and her husband, the Rev. George C. Norton of Arden, Irma Lois Lance of Arden; a son, the Rev. William David Gentry, and his wife Brenda, of Fletcher, 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grand- children and four sisters, Margaret Webb, Margie Smiley, Cartie Mann, all of Canton and Mary Etta Henn of Fletcher.

Services will be held at 2:30 pm Monday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian conducted by the Revs. Roy Waldroup and O.D. Rhodes. Interment will follow in Pisgah View Memorial Park in Candler.

His family will receive friends from 4 until 6 pm Sunday at the funeral home on Long Shoals Road and at other times will be at the home of David and Brenda Gentry.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Henderson County.

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  1. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this very
    difficult and emotional time. I’m deeply sorry that
    we couldn’t express our sorrow in person but our
    thoughts are with you. We will always remember
    and cherish the times spent together with your mom
    and dad when they lived on the farm in Candler.
    Even though that has been many years ago, words
    cannot express the fun we had and the learning
    experiences even though there was a lot of work
    involved. Again, our prayers are with you.
    William (Bill) Trexler

  2. Although a loss causes much pain, please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Words can never seem to console the heart from suffering but we know God can help make this pain more tolerate throughout our lives. Mary, you are a very special part of our lives and we love you dearly and appreciate all your kindness when we suffered a loss in our family. We hope now that we can pray for you that God may allow your heart to not suffer but know that God will take care of your loved ones as he takes them home. God bless you and your family as we love all of you very much.

    With Loving Prayers For You,
    John Shelton, Jeanette Johnson, Helen & Mike Griffin, Gary & Candy Chambliss, Valerie,Nathan and Josh Chambliss

  3. We were pleased to meet Mr. Gentry when we delivered his Meals on Wheels. We thought of him as a gentle man who loved his grandchildren and showed us his birthday cards from them.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss. I know there are no words. I will be calling you. I loved your dad very much and he will be very much missed. Our prayers are with you. Jeanie

  5. Dear Family,
    We are so sorry to have missed the funeral. Our love and prayers are with you.
    Love in Christ,
    Glendal, Marie & Robert Hall


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