Donald Richard Gentry, 79, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 surrounded by family at this home in Athens. Don was born on August 30, 1938 in Ft. Worth, Texas to parents Richard and Gladys Gentry. He attended Polytechnic High School and from there, he went on to serve his country through Company 184 in the United States Navy. He married the love of his life, Judy Garland on August 29, 1958.
Don started working in the grocery business in his early teens in Ft. Worth. He continued his career in Euless and Houston, before moving his family to Crockett in late 1976 to open his own store, Minimax, in August of 1977. He retired in 1990 and began traveling. He and Judy traveled all over the United States, plus traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Jamaica, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico. When Don wasn’t seeing the world, he was fishing, mowing the yard, or keeping up with family and friends.
Don is preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Gentry; mother, Gladys Mills Gentry; son, Larry Gentry; and brother, Bobby Gentry. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judy Gentry; son, Jerry Gentry of Crockett; daughters, Cheryl Turn and husband, Craig of Crockett; Carolyn Gentry of Crockett; daughter-in-law, Dana Gentry of Waxahachie; seven grandchildren, Nikki King and husband, Brad of Galveston, Meagan Gaines and husband, Brandon of Magnolia, Samantha Gentry of Lufkin, Ryan Robinson and wife, Cheslee of Elkhart, Chandler Gentry of Arlington, Callen Gentry of Denton, Peyton Turn of Crockett; five great grandchildren, Madison, Mia, and Macie Gaines of Magnolia; Mason and Rylee Robinson of Elkhart; brother, Charles Gentry and wife, Carol of Bullard; numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Funeral services for Donald Richard Gentry will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Brother Larry Bruce officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Family will receive friends for visitation Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don’s memory to MD Anderson Cancer Center or St. Jude’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.callawayallee.com