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In Memory of
William Robert Gentry, Jr.
October 27, 1959 - April 18, 2019

Saturday, May 18th 3 p.m. at Chapman Memorial Airport

William Robert Gentry passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday April 18th, 2019. He is survived by a whole cast of characters; his partners in life Bill and Debbie See, progeny Jenelle See-Wickham and her better half Joshua, tiny protector Guinevere Wickham, sister from another mister Cathy Mabry and her love Tom Stofac, his special dad, Gerald Mabry, and loving nieces and nephews Mike, Brooke, Bill and Ray See, Joanna Skillings and Brian Loney, Chet and Brooke Skillings. Will is also survived by his extended Mobile family; Mickey and Shelia Parish and their children Chad, Lori and Megan; several siblings, Gina Gentry, Billie (Alan) Grimes, Race (Leann) Gentry, Shari Adams, Marsha Steverson Eason, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rick Gentry. Although Will lived a less than average life span, he certainly didn't live an average life. He was born on October 27, 1959 in Mobile, Alabama and grew up in a children's home that he would forever call "The Home". He did not let his life define him, he defined his life. Will graduated from William Carey University with a degree in Music Education and a master's degree in Spanish. After he graduated from college at the age of 20, he went back to "The Home" to work with handicapped and abused children. He taught Spanish throughout numerous high schools in Mobile and was a Spanish professor at Auburn University. In the quest for adventure and his passion for service, Will lived in Granada, Spain where he did missionary work. During all these adventures, Will sang in numerous choirs and his voice was pure joy. In the late 1990's - 2011 he taught Spanish at Centerburg High School. A true Renaissance man, he traveled the world and always was looking to discover new things. His love of antiques started at a young age, when friends in Mobile would give him antiques to research. He could never pass a thrift store without stopping to find treasures. On any given weekend you could find Will at the Centerburg Antique store hanging out with his friend Larry. He found so many treasurers over the years that he filled a few hangars and houses. Will always stood up for what he believed in and supported his students. When no one else went to the park, he did. Whether they were students in a classroom or in life he was committed to making a connection. One of his students recently shared that Senor Will cared about making the world a better place and he most certainly did leave it better than when he found it. A GoodWill Celebration of life will be held at Chapman Memorial Airport in Centerburg, Ohio on May 18th, 2019 at 3 p.m. All are welcome to come and celebrate the amazing human that was Senor Gentry. In lieu of flowers, Will asked that you do something kind today for a stranger and pay it forward. Condolences at


Sally Ranney (Jackey)

Apr 23, 2019

Bill and Deb- Words cannot express my sorrow upon hearing of Will's passing. You two are the BEST thing that ever happened to that fabulous human being! I will not be in town to share in the celebration of Will's life but will be there in spirit. Thank you for giving endlessly or your lives, time, and love! If only the world were filled with people such as the two of you! XOXO, Sally Ranney


Someone who cares

Apr 23, 2019



Apr 24, 2019

To the family and friends of William Gentry, please accept my sincere condolences in the death of a wonderful person. This, no doubt is a very difficult loss for many of those that knew Mr. Gentry, the God of all comfort understands your pain and cares about you. He promises to undo all the pain that death has caused when He swallows up death forever (Isaiah 25:8; Acts 24:15) and make all things new (Revelation 21:4,5). May his promises give you the strength you need to endure this difficult time now and hope for the future (Philippians 4:13).


Debra Denzer

Apr 30, 2019

Dear Family & Loved Ones of William Robert Gentry, My heartfelt expression of sympathy for the loss of your loved one. I am not a friend or acquaintance, I was moved to respond due to the lovely tribute to his life as read in The Mount Vernon News. William was an extraordinary spirit...truly a bright light in a dark world! Upon reading of him, I tried " to do something kind for a stranger and pay it forward" that day. William's request will br forever etched in my heart! God Bless You, Comfort You & Give You Peace!