Clarence Lee Gentry -
Clarence Lee Gentry, 85, of Telford, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at James H. Quillen Hospital VA Medical Center.
He was born in Hixson, TN, but lived the majority of his life here in Johnson City.
He was the son of the late Joseph Melvin Gentry and Annie E. Elliott Gentry.
Clarence was the owner of Motor Ignition Company and former owner of Auto Electric Company. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church, where he served his Lord as a deacon, choir member and was active in helping build the new sanctuary and classrooms.
He served his country in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force during WW II, with tours of duty in England, France and Germany.
In addition to his parents, his oldest daughter, Sherrie Moore, and 4 sisters, Mae Marsh, Hazel Walters, Edna Martin and Beatrice Gentry, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce D. Gentry, of the home; a daughter, Lori Ledford, of Johnson City; a step-daughter, Wendy Hutchins and husband, Eddie, of Broken Arrow, OK; a son, Kevin Gentry and wife, Andea, of Jonesborough; a step-son, Randy Godsey and wife, Patricia, of Johnson City; two sisters, Juanita Howard, of Cleveland TN, and Pat James, of Birmingham AL; two brothers, Dean Gentry, of Lakeland, FL, and Wayne Gentry, of Chatsworth, GA; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A funeral took place Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home under the direction of Rev. Allen Davis.
A committal service was conducted on Monday, March 19, 2012 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers were his beloved grandsons and close friends. Honorary pallbearers were his beloved nephews.
The family would like to extend special thanks to all his caregivers: To Dot Wambach, thank you for all your love, hard work and sacrifices in helping keep Dad at home as long as possible; To all the caregivers at Appalachian Christian Village for your love and outstanding care; To the staff of the Progressive Care and Advanced Care Units at VA Med Center, Connie McIntosh, Miriam Deguzman, Rhonda Scott, Mike Pruitt, Patti Oliver, Ronnie Travis and many others, we thank you for rallying around him with tender loving care and for treating him as if he were your father. We are forever grateful to Dr. Stephen Loyd and Dr. Miguel Ossorio and the members of the Green Team for your compassion and expertise.
Online condolences are available at: www.morrisbaker.com.