9/16/15 — Ralph Orien Gentry

flower 11Funeral services for Mr. Ralph Orien Gentry, age 82, of Manchester, will be
conducted at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Manchester Funeral
Home Chapel with Bro. Benny Benjamin officiating. Burial will follow in
Fredonia Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 PM until
8:00 PM on Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Mr. Gentry passed away
Sunday morning at NHC in Murfreesboro, TN.

Ralph was born in Coffee County, TN the son of the late Arnold Luke and
Minnie Elrod Gentry. He served his country in the United States Army during
the Korean War and was an electrical engineer and supervisor at AEDC. Ralph
was one of the few members of “IEEE”, Institute of Electrical Electronics &
Engineers, which is a national organization; a member of the Nashville &
Kentucky Steel Guitar Association; a facilitator of Steven Covey’s Seven
Habits of Highly Effective People; a member of Dale Carnegie Leadership
Institute; as well as a member of American Management Association.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was also preceded in death by one brother,
Roy Arnold Gentry. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Lou
Reece Gentry of Manchester; one son, Robb (Carla) Gentry of Franklin, TN;
two daughters, Kathy (Randy) McCormick of Hillsboro and Jeanne (David)
Spencer of Tullahoma; eight grandchildren, Amie (Donald) Keele, Todd
(Chancy) McCormick, and Katie McCormick, all of Hillsboro, Kim (Barry) Smith
of Tullahoma, Patti (Michael) Skipper of Hillsboro, Tina (Kyle) Newlin of
Manchester, and Camie and Olivia Gentry, both of Franklin; and thirteen
great grandchildren, Daldon and Dixon Keele, Dasaney, Xaviar, Tavin and Case
McCormick, Kolby McCormick, Ryan Smith, Connor Smith, Blake and Ashleigh
Smith, Haleigh Skipper, and Cara Newlin.