Sam Turner Gentry

Born: Thu., Sep. 7, 1916
Died: Tue., Aug. 29, 2006

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Sam Turner “Red” Gentry, age 89, of Greensboro, GA, died Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at Willow Run Retirement Home. He was born in Greene County on September 7, 1916 to the late George Pierce Gentry, Sr. and Pierce Turner Gentry. He attended school in White Plains and graduated from Greensboro High School and North Georgia College. For fourteen years he worked at Hall’s Boat House on Lake Rabun in Clayton, Georgia. During WWII he served for four years in the United States Navy Medical Corps. He returned to Greene County and worked on his Uncle Joe Smith’s farm and after marrying Carolyn Chapman ran his own dairy farm. He also worked for Millmore Milling Company at Shoulderbone in Hancock County and was in the logging business. He retired as an environmental technician for the Greene County Health Department. He was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church where he served on numerous boards, was the assistant superintendent of Sunday School, leader in MYF and a delegate to many conferences. Red was a Greene County Commissioner for eleven years, a member of the San Marino Lodge #34 in Greensboro and helped start the Greene County Livestock Association where he was the first president. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Chapman Gentry, of Greensboro, GA; a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother George Pierce Gentry in March of this year. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 1, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Liberty United Methodist Church with Rev. Edward A. Swehla, and Rev. Farrett Boswell officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Keith Smith, Ben Fowler, Robby Chapman, Sam Webb, Justin Jacobs and Alvin Dowdy. The family requests that any memorials be made to Liberty United Methodist Church, c/o Ann Smith, 2491 Shiloh Road, Greensboro, GA 30642. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday night at the funeral home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Janet Hallman
   Posted Wed August 30, 2006
Carolyn, Just wanted to say we are so sorry to hear about Turner. He will be greatly missed. Josh and Robert really enjoyed visiting with him and you at WillowRun each time they came. We will see you soon. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Janet, David, Josh and Robert

Karen McKinley
   Posted Thu August 31, 2006
Carolyn, Heaven is brighter today with "Red" joining the choir. My heart aches for you. What beautiful memories I have of you all and the part of the family that we have lost here. You are an indellible part of my childhood and my life. My prayers and heart go out to you. Love, Karen

   Posted Thu August 31, 2006

Josh Holliday
   Posted Thu August 31, 2006
Carolyn, I will miss Turner. He was a wonderful cousin and will be missed greatly. Hope to see you over Thanksgiving. Josh Holliday

Mary Ruth Meeks Brown
   Posted Fri September 01, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Red. He was a good friend to my Daddy - Coleman Meeks. God Bless you during this time of sorrow.

Cheryl Brown
   Posted Fri September 01, 2006
My deepest sympathy is extended to Mr. Gentry's family. I had the honor of being one of his caregivers at Willow Run and thought he was a wonderful person. May God be with you during this time of sorrow.