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 www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.