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William Joe Gentry

William Joe Gentry, age 79, 653 Peterson Road, Erwin, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Cent er, Elizabethton, Tennessee. He was a native of Erwin, Tennessee, a son of the late Arthur Alexander and Ruby Pearl Fox Gentry. Mr. Gentry was a member of Limestone Cove United Methodist Church. He was owner of Limestone Cove Market for many years. Mr. Gentry was very active in the Democratic party. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, and feeding his “critters”. Mr. Gentry looked forward to the family reunions in Michigan and Unicoi County.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Barbara Rice Gentry in 1993 and Nancy Becker Gentry, January 10, 2013; one daughter, Linda Moran; two grandchildren, Destiny Elmore and Marcus Newsom; two brothers, Junior A. Gentry and Donald R. Gentry; two sisters, Maybelle McLaughlin and Lula Kate Hyder.

Mr. Gentry is survived by five children, Stephen Oliver and wife, Marianne, Tecumseh, Michigan, LaVone Lewis and husband, Calvin, Carleton, Michigan, Carolyn Elmore, Adrian, Michigan, William (Billy) Gentry, Tallahassee, Florida, David Gentry, Bellville, Michigan; Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charlie Gentry and wife, Lillian, Jacksonville, Alabama, Walter Gentry and wife, Dorothy, Hudson, Michigan, Roscoe Gentry and wife, Polly, Erwin, Tennessee; one sister, Mary Sue Woodby and husband, Conley, Hampton, Tennessee; brother-in-law, Lawrence Becker, Adrian, Michigan. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service for Mr. Gentry will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, from the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Chris Cadwallader will officiate. Interment will follow in Palmyra Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, and from 12:00 noon until service time Thursday at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, Michigan (517) 265-2300.

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Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Gentry family. (423) 743-1380.