Rex Gentry

Monday, June 2, 2008

REX GENTRY, a resident of Berryville, was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Berryville, a son of Raymond and Aboline (Bandy) Gentry. He died Saturday, May 24, 2008, in Berryville, at the age of 79.

Mr. Gentry graduated from Eureka Springs High School and then went on to attend and graduate from Oklahoma Christian Junior College in Bartlesville, Okla., and Harding University in Searcy. He also graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a MA in Education and an ABD from the University of Arkansas Graduate School in Fayetteville.

On Feb. 7, 1954, Rex was united in marriage with Helene Bequette, who survives him of the home. He is also survived by one daughter, Kim Ellen Gentry of Abilene, Texas; two sons, Jack R. Gentry of Eureka Springs, and John W. Gentry of Lampe, Mo.; two sisters, Jerry Wagnon of Camden, and Montez Akin of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six nieces; three nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; one infant daughter, Mary Kay Gentry; and one sister, Jean Spitze.

Funeral services were to be held at 10 a.m. Friday May 30, 2008, at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville. Interment was to follow in the Eureka Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. The family requests no flowers and asks that all donations be made to the Berryville Church of Christ, Attn: Missions Fund, 909 West Trimble, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at