Benjamin Autry Gentry, 70, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009. He was the son of the late Maynard and Elizabeth Adcock Gentry. He spent his early childhood in Robeson and Person Counties and later moved to Oxford, NC where he graduated from high school then served in the Air Force. Upon returning to Oxford, he began work at Union National Bank.
Banking became his profession of 34 years during which time he served as an Executive for Union National Bank and later Southern National Bank and BB and T. After retirement, he continued to be passionate about banking and became the founder of Union Bank and Trust and served on its Board. In his younger professional years, Mr. Gentry was active in numerous civic groups. He is a member of United Methodist Church. He loved spending time at Carolina Beach, enjoyed fishing and was an avid baseball fan.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Wilkerson Gentry; children, Ben Gentry of Oxford, Glenda Bragg and husband, Martin, of Franklinton, Jill Bettenhausen and husband, Mike, of Arlington, VA; his four grandchildren Clay, Alex, Laura and Cole; his sister, Betsy Greenway of Camden, SC; and brother, Ferrell Gentry of Austin, TX. He was preceded in death by one brother, Joe Terry Gentry and one sister, Emily Marie Gentry.
The memorial service will be held Friday, March 2009 at 11:00AM in the Gentry –Newell & Vaughan Chapel by the Rev. Pat Hawkins and Rev. John Yount. The family will receive visitors Thursday from 7:00-8:30PM at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, and other times they will be at the home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzeihmer’s Disease Foundation, 742 North Main Street, Fuquay-Varina 27526. Online memorials www.gnvfh.com select obituaries