Dorothy Waters Gentry



Dorothy Waters Gentry, 84, died peacefully Saturday evening, October 21, 2017 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington. Born in Martin County on April 16, 1933 to Guy and Mae Waters, she resided for more than 40 years in her Jacksonville home. Recently, she lived in Southport NC to be nearer to her family.

Dorothy and her family moved throughout the country, following the service of her husband, MGySgt Martin Sims Gentry (Ret), in the US Marines. Dorothy also had a career of her own, as a successful Avon saleswoman and as office manager of Mack’s department store. She also worked alongside her husband to run the former FCX, then Southern States store. She was an active member of Blue Creek Baptist Church in Jacksonville, cherishing friendships from her Sunday School class. Dorothy formed many friendships through the DAV. As a member of the Jacksonville Singles Club, she enjoyed her role on the welcome committee as well as the fellowship of the weekend dances.

Dorothy was a loving mother, grandmother, neighbor, and friend.

Dorothy will be remembered for her tenacious spirit, her bountiful gardening, and her love of family and friends. She has been a confidant and role model to many.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Martin, of 41 years, as well as her brother Guy Randolph Waters, and grandson, Matthew Martin Gentry.

She is survived by her sisters, Helen Bass and Rachel Craddock of Jamesville, NC, and Jacquelyn Davis of Morehead City, NC, her daughter and son in-law, Linda and Ben Barnwell, of Southport, NC, her son, Guy Gentry, of Jacksonville, FL, her two granddaughters, Hannah Williams (Garrett), of Boone, NC, and Sarah Marsh (Gordon), of Raleigh, NC. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a visitation at Blue Creek Baptist, Church 1251 Burgaw Hwy, Jacksonville, NC at 11:00am on Tuesday, October 24, with the funeral service beginning at 12:30pm. The interment follows at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Creek Baptist Church building fund.