Loretta Jane Gentry, 68, of Elizabethton, Tenn., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Bristol Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born March 2, 1945 to the late George Washington Melvin and Irene Queen Dollar Melvin.
Loretta had lived in the Tri-City area all of her life and was retired from Sprint Telephone. She was a devoted and faithful member of Shady Valley Presbyterian Church. She will be dearly missed by her many friends and family members, including her “Willie Boom” friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William “Bill” Melvin, and sons Douglas Wayne Talley, Tommy W. Talley and Larry W. Talley.
Survivors include her loving husband of 32 years, Dean Gentry; her children, David L. Chapman, Jeffrey L. Chapman, Larry W. Talley and Robert D. Gentry; her grandchildren, Danielle N. Chapman, Tiffanie R. Chapman, James R. Gentry, William Jeffrey Gentry, Tyler Chapman, Cody Chapman and Jada Gentry; and her sister, Helen Potts. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mrs. Gentry will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, at Shady Valley Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jack Stevens officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Shady Valley Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in the Gentry Cemetery in Shady Valley, Tenn. Pallbearers will be Buck Marlow, Shannon Peters, Larry Gentry, James Gentry, Jeffrey Gentry and Junior Worley. Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Bristol, (423) 968-2111.