John C. Gentry, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at his residence in San Antonio, Texas.
John was a native of Baltimore, MD. He was a proud Army veteran who served our country during the Korean conflict. He was also a proud Aggie, having gotten both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Texas A&M at College Station. John worked as a draftsman for many years which led him to Brownsville 55 years ago and then to 29 years in Vocational Education in the Brownsville ISD. John was a devout Christian who served as a deacon and elder for various local Christian churches. John and his wife, Louise, moved to San Antonio two years ago to be closer to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and it was there that he followed his passion for wood-working, specializing in crosses and more recently, caterpillar planters. John was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by his family and friends, but by all those fortunate enough to have known him.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Hettie and James Andrew Gentry; an infant brother, Art Gentry; and 4 sisters: Snow Miller, Janice Bopst, Lois Macks, and Mary Puckett.
Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of John is his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Louise Goodman Gentry; a daughter, Lynne Watson; a son, Steven (Barbara) Gentry; 3 grandchildren: Jennifer (Jaime) Cerecero, Samuel (Fiancée, Erin Smith) Patterson-Vicino, and James Gentry; 3 great-grandchildren: Caelin, Caleb, Ethan, and Evan who is on the way. John will also be missed by his sister, Susan Maricle, along with numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018 in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser. Committal services will follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens. The VFW Funeral Honor Guard will render military honors at the graveside.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift in John’s name to Central Christian Church Building Fund, 1100 E. Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78526.
Sincere condolences to the Gentry family!
Elizabeth JohnsLewisville, TX
Lee Dale and I both love John, Louise and all of their family with all our hearts, and we will treasurer these precious memories forever. Mary Jones
Mary B. Jones (Lee Dale)Brownsville, TX
My condolences to the Gentry Family. John, your husband, father and grandfather, and I taught together at Brownsville High School in the late sixties and early seventies. Several years John and I had the same Planning or Lunch time and we would get together and discus current events and/or fishing stories.
I remember and often relate the story he told me of walking outside of the South Padre Island Convention Center and seeing a group of redfish showing their tails as they fed off the bottom. Of course, no rod and reel were close by so that school was the one that got away.
John had a good life and now is off to a better one !
Henry G. Kenneson, Jr.
English & Social Studies
Brownsville H. S.
Henry KennesonBrownsville, TX
John was a fine gentleman and dedicated educator. Take care, Louise, you are so fortunate to have had so many years together. - Robin
Robin GarrettLos Fresnos, TX
So sorry to hear about Mr. Gentry's passing. God bless you and your family.
Doug and Nancy ReikBrownsville, TX
Revelation 21:1-5 promised no more pain or death. So sorry for your loss. God be with you all in this time to comfort you in your loss..
I’m a former coworker and good friend of his son Steve. I met Mr. Gentry at Steve’s cookie jar exhibit at Texas A&M and during that short time, I felt blessed to be in his presence. He was a great man and will be missed. My prayers and condolences to Steve and the Gentry family.
Paul MartinBryan, TX