Charles Larry Gentry, 70, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012, in a Chattanooga health care facility.
He was a member of Mount Olive Ministries, where he faithfully sang in the choir. He loved and sang Southern gospel music where he sang tenor in various singing groups including the King’s Rangers, A Few Good Men, Tribute and the Psalmsmen Quartet.
Before his retirement, he owned and operated Gentry Wood Finishers for 31 years. For the past seven years, he worked for SETHRA and was active in the Senior Activities Center on Urbane Road.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. L.C. Gentry and Edna Bivens Gentry; and brother, Jerry Gentry.
Survivors include his beloved wife of soon to be 50 years, Mildred S. Gentry, of Cleveland; daughter, Pam Balinger and husband, Tony, of Cleveland; son, Chris Gentry and wife, Melody, of Benton; five grandchildren: Lacey Parker, Whitney Balinger, Ashley Moore, Leighton Gentry and Kyra Gentry; brother, Curtis Gentry and wife, Earlene, of Cleveland; sisters: Becky Perry of Cleveland, Phyllis Scoggins and husband, Bill, of McDonald; sister-in-law, Betty Gentry of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Mount Olive Ministries with Pastor Gary Sears officiating.
Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with Kevin Gentry, Stacey Poteet, Brian Woody, Jason Morgan, Scott Yates, Billy Walker and Leighton Gentry serving as pallbearers.
The service will conclude with a white dove release ceremony.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.
You are invited to send a message of condolence and view the Gentry family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.