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George Edwin GentryPassing: January 7, 2020


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Thursday, January 9th @ 1:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Thursday, January 9th @ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Talbott Cemetery

Thursday, January 9th

MITCHELL – George Edwin Gentry, 83, completed his earthly journey Tuesday, January 7, 2019, at Mitchell Manor.

He was brought into this world by Pleasant Eugene and Mildred Isabel (Selby) Gentry on May 7, 1936.   His first family consisted of Kay Gentry and Frank Gentry. He married Brenda Sue Ferguson September 2, 1956.

George was a 1954 graduate of Bloomfield High School, received a B. S. in Education from Indiana University, and received his master’s degree from Michigan State University.  By God’s grace, guidance from his parents, and his involvement in Christian Youth Services, George became a community leader, elder of Fishing Creek Christian Church, and an educational administrator retiring in 1996 from Mitchell Community Schools.

He was also Citizen of the Year in 1996 and one of the founders of Scenic Hills Christian Church Camp.  George was past president of the Mitchell Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Sue Gentry of Mitchell
Sanford (Valerie) Gentry of Williams
Carolyn Sue (Frank) Hodges of Mitchell
Frank Gentry of Waco, Texas
Sarah (Will) Clark, John (Jessica) Hodges, Catherine (Ben)Greenwood, Emily Gentry, Erin (Ethan) Ellermann, Ellen  (Anthony) Quinn, and Abigail Gentry
great grandchildren,
Camden, Kyle, Carson, Kinsley, Michaela, Robert, Philip, and Kori

His parents; sons, Lt. Col. James Curtis “J.C.” Gentry and George Randall Gentry; and sister, Kay Gentry Powell, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 9, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Brother Kyle Stewart and Brother Darrin Chastain officiating. Burial will be in Talbott Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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41 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: John D Taylor | http://Pasadena, TX
    Date: March 2, 2020
    Mr. Gentry was my first Principle at Emerson Elementary School. My thoughts and prayers I send out to the Gentry Family. John Taylor
  2. Guest: Carrie Kirk | http://Bedford, IN
    Date: January 13, 2020
    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.
  3. Guest: Bobbetta Robertson | http://Mitchell
    Date: January 13, 2020
    Great principle
  4. Guest: Mike Gillespie | http://Corydon, Indiana
    Date: January 12, 2020
    Soooo many memories of grand and glorious - and gritty and grungy - days of years ago, in the Lord's work at Scenic Hills!! So sorry that we did not know of George's departure in time to attend his memorial service. Our prayers are for your comfort!
  5. Guest: Pamela J Vanzant | http://Lawrenceburg
    Date: January 11, 2020
    I am so sorry to hear of George's passing. I enjoyed working with him when I was President of the Room Mothers at Burris/Hatfield years ago when Jason and Jennifer were attending Burris School. He was a very nice man.
  6. Guest: Jeff Quyle | http://Bedford, Indiana
    Date: January 10, 2020
    So sorry for your loss, and we feel blessed that we were able to meet George and Sue in recent years. They are examples of the best among us.
  7. Guest: Jerry and Judy Stevens | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: January 9, 2020
    So sorry for your loss - but know you are thankful he was your family.. Mr. Gentry touched so many little lives on his earthly journey. And he used the gifts the Good Lord gave him to help many.. May the Good Lord hold you in His Hands of mercy & grace at this sad time.. Sincerely
  8. Guest: Debby Knight Dobson/TonyDobson | http://Lebanon Tn
    Date: January 9, 2020
    Our deepest sympathies for your family. You will never know how many lives he impacted through the years. God bless.
  9. Guest: Carol Roop | http://Mitchell, IN 47446
    Date: January 9, 2020
    Our Condolence's and sympathy to the family.Mr. Gentry was always kind.
  10. Guest: Glenda Ferguson | http://Paoli, IN
    Date: January 9, 2020
    To all the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sue, I remember your dear mother Glenda visiting Burris during a school event. I thank you for introducing me to her. I liked to remind Mr. Gentry that he had two Glenda's keeping an eye on him. Thanks, Mr. Gentry, for all your years at Mitchell Schools! Thanks for taking a chance by hiring this Paoli girl for the new Title I position that was only supposed to be for one year, and actually lasted 10 years. You first got me involved in READ Council as an officer and a member, which I continued for 30 years. Your leadership at Mitchell has influenced many students, educators and other leaders.
  11. Guest: Paula Dorsett Taylor | http://Indianapolis, Indiana
    Date: January 9, 2020
    I remember Mr. Gentry from Emerson Elementary. He was always very nice. My condolences to Carolyn, Mrs. Gentry, and family.
  12. Guest: Becky Clark | http://Fort Branch, Indiana
    Date: January 9, 2020
    Sue, we’ sorry for your loss. Andy and I won’t be able to be there but our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m so glad Sarah, Will and the boys go to visit with him recently.
  13. Guest: Amy Parker | http://Mitchell
    Date: January 9, 2020
    Dear Carolyn, Frank and family, Rob and I are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a wonderful educator/administrator and I remember his calm, encouraging demeanor. You are all in our thoughts at this sad time.
  14. Guest: Ted and Alice Burcham | http://MITCHELL
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Sue and family...we are saddened by the passing of classmate and good friend, George. May GOD hold you in HIS loving embrace during this trying period.
  15. Guest: Janet and Charlie Noe | http://Mitchell
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Carolyn, Sue and Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Beth and Jennifer thought so much of George in grade school. They knew he was always available to help. Will be thinking of you all in the coming days.
  16. Guest: Cynthia J Mullis | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 8, 2020
    We send our prayers and deep condolences to each of you. God bless and give you comfort, Bill and Cindy Mullis
  17. Guest: Muggs Murphy | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Prayers for your family. I have many good memories of Mr. Gentry as my first principal in Mitchell. He used to drive the bus and come along on our GT field trips. I think he had as much fun as the kids did.
  18. Guest: Ron cummings | http://Avon, Indiana
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Sorry to read about the loss of your father. WILL keep you jn my prayers.
  19. Guest: Sherron Fields | http://Bedford
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Carolyn and family we send our sincere sympathy at the loss of your father. Asking God to wrap you in his love and care during this difficult time. God bless.
  20. Guest: Carol Frost Potto | http://Greenfield IN
    Date: January 8, 2020
    My deepest condolences to his family. Sending prayers
  21. Guest: Judy Miller Hasselkus | http://Indianapolis
    Date: January 8, 2020
    I have fond memories of Mr. Gentry from my high school days as a student teacher to Mrs. Gass at Hatfield. He was way ahead of his time as an administrator, and was a kind man. Sympathy to his family...
  22. Guest: Tia Turner | http://Flora, IN
    Date: January 8, 2020
    The word that always came to mind was KIND. Mr. Gentry was my elementary principal. He was the “nice one”. He lives not far from my family, and even drove me home once when family was not available to get me. I never ever heard a negative word about this man from anyone. What a gentle soul. What a beautiful person! My condolences to all of your family. Celebrate him and all of the beautiful memories that he brings.
  23. Guest: Linda Gass | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Mr. Gentry recommended me to be hired at Hatfield Elementary School in 1976. It was a wonderful opportunity to work with a kind and compassionate administrator, an excellent staff, and new and innovative facilities. Mr. Gentry and Sue hosted many Burris Hatfield parties at their home, and he was always willing to let the teachers at Hatfield try new concepts and ideas to make learning fun and rewarding for our students. He was our Christopher Columbus, opened the Hatfield Olympic Games, helped construct an Indian village in the library, played basketball with the boys and girls on the playground, read to the kids, and otherwise made a great little school “Happy Hatfield”. He will be missed and remembered fondly by all the original Hatfield Gang.
  24. Guest: Kim bundy | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Mr.gentry was one of my favorite teachers...
  25. Guest: Heather laster | http://Bedford, indiana
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Sorry for your loss. I had mr.gentry as a elementary school principal. He was always so kind.
  26. Guest: Kathy Baker | http://Santa Fe, TX
    Date: January 8, 2020
    My deepest sympathies for your family. You will never know how many lives he impacted through the years. God bless.
  27. Guest: Ann Stone | http://Linton, IN
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Ann & Jerry Stone
  28. Guest: Aniesa Robbins | http://LINTON
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Very sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers are with you. Aniesa Robbins (Ethel's granddaughter)
  29. Guest: Matt Olson | http://Springville, IN
    Date: January 8, 2020
    I am so sorry for your loss. This man was behind great. Such a staple during his time, in education especially. He was always the good cop. Great man that will be missed.
  30. Guest: Paula Williams | http://Fairfield Township Ohio
    Date: January 8, 2020
    So sorry for your loss
  31. Guest: Laurie Jo and Paul Andry | http://Paoli, IN
    Date: January 8, 2020
    We are so sorry for your family’s loss! We loved George and are so thankful for his influence in our lives and the lives our children!
  32. Guest: Becky Taylor Mayabb | http://Springfield 2
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Mr. GENTRY, Was an amazing administrator. I had him in my during my junior high years. Sue and family so very sorry for your loss.
  33. Guest: Lynn Carr Bradley | http://McCormick SC
    Date: January 8, 2020
    Very sorry to hear of Mr. Gentry's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Such important part of our lives during elementary years.
  34. Guest: Michele Tanksley Super | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: January 8, 2020
    My earliest school memories are those of Mr. Gentry. He was such a kind man; with a contagious laugh. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time.
  35. Guest: Gloria Schlemmer | http://Bloomington, IN
    Date: January 8, 2020
    So sorry to receive this news. He was so kind, a truly gentle man. My deepest condolences to the family.
  36. Guest: Paige Martin | http://Bedford, IN
    Date: January 7, 2020
    I am so sorry for the loss of an amazing man. Prayers and all my love sent to the Gentry family.
  37. Guest: Heidi Brazzell-Myers | http://Williams Indiana
    Date: January 7, 2020
    Mr.Gentry was my elementary school principal. He was a very kind man and respected by both students and staff. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
  38. Guest: Tonya Stroud | http://Bloomfield, IN
    Date: January 7, 2020
    I was one of the lucky ones who had this man on my educational journey as did my sons. He was always a fair, kind and generous man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. God Bless.
  39. Guest: Sandy Pipher Neal | http://Orleans
    Date: January 7, 2020
    My thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the entire family. A wonderful man. Lots of wonderful memories of Scenic Hills Camp.
  40. Guest: Crystal Terrell & family | http://Mitchell In
    Date: January 7, 2020
    My sincerest condolences to Sue and the family. George was an amazing soul and he will he deeply missed.
  41. Guest: Linda Martin | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 7, 2020
    So sorry for your loss. Have so many good memories from the years of going to church with him and Sue. Along With years as he was principal. hey God bless you guys Will comfort you keep his arms around you In my prayers and thoughts