Ray J. Gentry, 94, son of Jesse Clay and Louann Ferguson Gentry, was born Sept. 25, 1909, at Houston. He died April 12, 2004, at Houston House following a lengthy illness. He grew up on the Gentry family farm on Brushy Creek east of Houston, and he graduated with the Houston High School class of 1930. He was a member of the U.S. Armed Services during World War II, having served overseas in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with the 86th Field Hospital. He was honorably discharged from active duty after three years and three months of service on Nov. 17, 1945, at Camp Beale, Calif. He later returned to California and worked for several years at California Pine Box Distributors, Sacramento, Calif. He married Hazel Shelton on Jan. 25, 1955, in Reno Township in the state of Nevada. Together they managed rental properties owned in Houston and traveled frequently. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed camping and was a dedicated gardener. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Houston. He was preceded in by death by his wife; six brothers, Perry, Orville, Earl, Leslie, Charles and twin Roy; and three sisters, Tressie Lawrence, Alta Burnett and Ethyle Forbes. Surviving are four nephews, Bob Gentry and his wife, Pat; Dean Gentry and his wife, Mary Ellen; Gene Gentry and his wife, Jackie; Clay Forbes and his wife, Leta, all of Houston; and five nieces, Donna Warner and husband, Glenn, of Creve Coeur, Ill.; Shirley Emken and husband, Everett, of Lewistown, Ill., Betty White and husband, Paul, of Coffeyville, Kan., Bonnie Gentry of Springfield and Charlene Friedman of Kansas City, Mo. He also is survived by many great nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home were Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at the First Baptist Church of Houston with the Revs. Ben Gard and Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery. The family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Care. “

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