James "Jim" Earl Gentry

Saturday, February 20th, 1932 - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
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James Earl Gentry, age 88, of Rutherfordton, NC passed away Friday, October 2, 2020 while being cared for at Oakland Living Center. Born February 20, 1932 in Cavel, NC, he was the son of the late Melvin Henry Gentry and the late Ethel Ashby Gentry.
Jim was one of the founding members, an Elder, and supporter of Father’s Vineyard Church in Spindale, NC, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a veteran of the US Army. He spent his career as an accountant/comptroller for Collins & Aikman Textiles in Cavel, Albemarle, Charlotte, and eventually settled in Rutherfordton, finishing his career with Mastercraft and Stonecutter Mills. He was a lifetime Red Cross Supporter, donating over 17 life time gallons, and serving as a volunteer for the organization in many capacities. Habitat for Humanity, Rutherford Hospital Auxiliary, loving his UNC Tar Heels, sports in general and specifically playing golf and tennis were all important parts of Jim’s life.
In addition to his parents Jim was preceded in death by his wife Patricia S. Gentry, a sister, Gail G. Green of Smithfield and a brother, Michael D. Gentry, of Roxboro.
Jim leaves to cherish his memory a daughter Dawn G. Richardson and her husband Gary, of Rutherfordton; a son, R. Craig Gentry and his wife Mary Ellen of Charlotte, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
At Jim’s request, no formal services will be held.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank everyone associated with Oakland Living Center for the kindness and love shown to Jim during that time of his life. We love you all.
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    Burchwood Cemetery
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    Roxboro, North Carolina 27573
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Amy Manring

Posted at 04:59pm
My thoughts and prayers go out to you Dawn and Craig. I am a cousin from Roxboro, NC. My parents were Robert and Mary Ellen Sanford. James will be missed as well as Aunt Ethel is still missed. I am the proud owner of a pencil drawing Craig did a long time ago. It still hangs in my living room. My mom cherished it as I do. We don't see each other, but your family are in my prayers.

Amy Manring

Posted at 04:50pm
Prayers to Dawn and Craig on the death of your Dad Jim. I am your cousin Amy Sanford Manring, my father and mother were Robert and Mary Ellen Sanford. I remember you both and am honored to have a pencil drawing Craig did when he was young. I remember mom being so proud when she got it. I will always treasure it.

Bobbie McCallum

Posted at 04:51pm
Went to church with Jim and Pat. Jim was a swell fella. Enjoyed helping wherever he could.
Jim loved the Lord and loved helping within the walls of the church. Jim has already been missed
Rest in peace my friend. My prayers are for the family at this time

Gary Richardson Posted at 09:46am

Thank you Bobbie.. You were always a good friend to them both

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