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Terry Gentry

Terry Franklin Gentry

Wednesday, May 28th, 1958 - Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
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Terry Franklin Gentry, 66 years old, of Courtland Terrace in Gastonia, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. He is survived by his mother, Lois Norman of Peak Resources in Cherryville, his sister Rebecca and husband Robert Woods of Gastonia, nieces Emily Woods of Gastonia, Amy Woods Vondra and husband Evan Vondra of Belmont, uncles Morris Knowles and wife Sandy Knowles of Mt. Holly, David Knowles of Gastonia, aunts Doris Smith of Stanley, Martha and Jerry Messer of Cleveland, Tennessee , nephew Jason and Lauren Adams of Gastonia and other close family members. He devoted most of his life to his job in transportation and to his family. He was known for his love and passion for sports ( he especially loved the University of North Carolina Tarheels and the Atlanta Braves) along with his particular sense of humor. He will forever be missed by his loving family and friends.
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Robbie Grier

Posted at 08:35am
Terry popped into my mind this morning and I decided to run a search for him to see what was going on in his life. I am so sorry to have run across his obituary. Although I haven't seen him since I left NC in 1999, I knew Terry for nearly all of our lives. He and I were in the 1st grade together at Central Elementary. And since I lived down the street (on Poston Circle) through 5th grade, we saw each other many afternoons and summer days. While not always in classes together, we were in the same school almost every year through high school.
We used to see each other pretty frequently while I still lived in Gastonia, and even occasionally after I moved to Charlotte. But I did lose track of him (and many others) once I left NC.
I will always remember Terry as one of the kindest souls I ever knew. I see references to him being a big Braves fan, but when I first met him he was a die-hard Yankees fan (there were no Atlanta Braves then). He is the one who first turned me onto baseball. And try as I may, I could never match him in baseball knowledge!!! He and I would sneak transistor radios into class (remember, this was Elementary School!) and listen to the World Series. We seldom got caught (I really think the teachers just gave up trying to stop us - LOL).
To his family - my deepest sympathy. The world is a little less interesting and a little less kind without him.
My God bless you all and bring you peace,
Robbie Grier

Evan Vondra

Posted at 11:44am
I remember when I first met Terry because I was dating his niece, Amy (we're happily married for 2 years now!). He asked me what college teams I pulled for. Well anyone that knows Terry knows he was a die-hard Carolina fan. Amy had warned me so! So being the devil's advocate that I am, I told him Duke and State was where it's at. Let's just say that wasn't a great first impression!
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Emily Woods

Posted at 07:13pm
I remember when Uncle Terry used to tell me and my twin sister, Amy, that we made coffee nervous. He also would visit at our house with our grandmother and sing old country songs, laugh, and watch the ball game. He loved the Tar Heels and Atlanta Braves. We’ll miss you forever, Uncle Terry❤️
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