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Benjamin Clayton “Clay” Gentry

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 4, 2019 @ 1:15 pm In Obituaries,Oxford | 20 Comments

Oxford, NC

Benjamin Clayton Gentry, 27, died on February 1, 2019 at his residence. Clay was the son of Benjamin Autry Gentry, Jr. of Oxford and Gina Clayton Gentry Allgood (Donnie) of Henderson.   He was born on July 17, 1991 in Vance County and he was a graduate of J.F. Webb High School.

Clay is survived by his parents; one brother, Christopher Lee Boone; two sisters, Carly Andrea Perkinson and Callie Brooke Perkinson; his grandparents, Betty Lou Wilkerson Gentry and the late Benjamin Autry Gentry, Sr. of Oxford, NC and Mary Helen Finch and the late Gilbert Lee Clayton of Henderson, NC.  Clay is also survived by his aunts, Glenda Bragg, Jill Bettenhausen and Tracey Clayton; along with his cousins Alex Bragg, Cole Bettenhausen and Laura Bettenhausen.  He is also survived by his stepfather, Andy Perkinson of Henderson.   He will be greatly missed by numerous loving family members and friends.

Clay loved his family and had a heart of gold. He enjoyed fishing, going to the beach, working out, a good game of UNC basketball and working with his hands.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm at Oxford United Methodist Church, Oxford, NC and will be officiated by Reverend Jenny Wilson and the Reverend Marshall Neathery.

The family will receive visitors from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Thursday in the Fellowship Hall of the church.  A private committal will be held.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that acts of kindness and love be shared with others in the memory of Clay.

The Gentry Family is proudly under the care of Gentry-Newwll & Vaughan.


Condolences for the family of “Benjamin Clayton “Clay” Gentry”

Condolence from Sheila B. Edwards on February 4th, 2019 2:28 pm

Condolences to the family ! So very very sorry ! My thoughts are with the family .

Condolence from Patricia Pendergrass on February 4th, 2019 4:24 pm

To the whole family and all of Clay’s many friends, I pray that they can find peace in their hearts that Clay was a giving individual while he was on the earth. Lord bless and give strength to all concerned. Give them peace and strength for the coming days when everyone has stopped calling and stopped dropping by. These will be the hardest days after he’s gone. God will be right there by your side. Keep his memory alive because they will be your best friends. We love you and will be praying for you.

Condolence from Lynda Hedgepeth on February 4th, 2019 7:28 pm

The only Peace and Strength we have at a sad time like this comes from our Lord and Savior. HE is always there for each of you. My love and Prayer to each.

Condolence from Colton V O’Brian on February 4th, 2019 7:44 pm

Wow! This is unreal.. Clay was like a Brother to me.. words cannot describe how I feel! This is so sad.. I am very sorry for your loss.

Condolence from MaryScott Edmundson Burt on February 4th, 2019 8:00 pm

So very sorry.

Condolence from Frank Sossamon on February 4th, 2019 11:18 pm

Such a sad and sudden loss for the family and our entire community. We are praying for comfort and a sense of direction as you move through this time of transition.
Frank Sossamon

Condolence from missy hunt on February 5th, 2019 1:13 am

My heart and prayers go out to all my family

Condolence from Brad Clayton on February 5th, 2019 8:01 am

Ben.. I’m sorry bother

Condolence from Allison Dickerson Edwards on February 5th, 2019 2:13 pm

Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Allison Dickerson Edwards, JC and family.

Condolence from Al Woodlief on February 5th, 2019 2:38 pm

So sorry for your loss I remember him visiting my late wife Anita when he was growing up

Al Woodlief

Condolence from Robin Perkins-Cole on February 6th, 2019 1:26 pm

So very sorry for your sudden loss. Clay was like another son at my house at times throughout the years. Always kind of quiet and shy, but funny at times too. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this time of pain and grief. God be with you all.

Condolence from Michele Ramsey on February 6th, 2019 1:39 pm

I was so sad to hear about Clay, I remember him from working at Webb High School-sweet boy. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Cindy Snipes on February 6th, 2019 3:26 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from helen brummitt on February 6th, 2019 3:53 pm

So sorry to hear this sad news. Will keep you all in prayer.

Condolence from Sam Stallings on February 6th, 2019 5:49 pm

May God give you strength in the coming days and courage for the future without him. He is resting in Jesus’ arms now.

Condolence from Jeanne Belyea on February 6th, 2019 8:59 pm

My sincere thoughts and prayers to the entire Gentry family. While I never met Clay, I was told he was a very kind and caring young man. God bless Clay.

Condolence from Janice Smithson on February 7th, 2019 10:08 am

So sorry for your loss. I know how your heart is broken. My son was good friends with Clay. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Condolence from Susie Shearin on February 7th, 2019 10:09 am

All my love going out to my Gentry family during this difficult time. May Clay find peace at last.

Condolence from Virginia Oakes on February 8th, 2019 12:37 am

So very sorry to hear about Clay. I extend my deepest sympathy to the family at this very sad time. No words can take away the hurt and pain . I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

Virginia Oakes & family

Condolence from Eddie Flores on June 23rd, 2019 5:46 pm

My condolences to the family I was with Benjamin in the Dream Center I just found out of his passing he work with me we were on the same crew we used to talk a lot laugh he was a very good kid it broke my heart to hear that he passed away so young so full of life I used to make him laugh a lot he was very serious I will miss you clay much love and respect my boy your friend Eddie

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