Birch J. Gentry
Birch J. Gentry
  • February 23, 1925 - May 10, 2017
  • Dayton, Ohio

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GENTRY, Birch J., age 92, of Centerville, Ohio passed from this life to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 after a brief illness. He was a kind, gentle, and soft-spoken man who was dedicated to the Lord and raised his family in the Christian faith. He was blessed with a loving family who will dearly miss him but celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his Lord and reunited with Estelle (Webb) Gentry, his loving wife of sixty-five years. Birch was a faithful member and deacon of First Dayton Free Will Baptist Church for many years. Cornerstone Baptist Temple has been his church home in recent years. After retiring from General Motors, Birch & Estelle enjoyed time with their grandchildren, gardening, and winter trips to Florida. He was born February 23, 1925 in Cookeville, TN to the late William A. & Nola Gentry. He was also preceded in death by his wife Estelle, brothers, Benton & James Gentry, and sister, Rose Welch. He is survived by his children Cliff (Diane) Gentry, Janice Lovern, and Marcia (Jeff) Harning. He had three granddaughters who cherished him dearly Rachel Kelley, Amy (Dan) Mescher, and April (Brian) Sutcliffe. Three great grandchildren who brought him much joy, Jacob Mescher, Zoe and Annabel Sutcliffe. He is survived by brothers, Steve (Fran) & Franklin (Lucille) Gentry, sister Mildred Thompson and sister-in-law Dorothy Gentry and many other family and friends. The family will receive friends and family at the Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Road on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Tobias Funeral Home Far Hills Chapel at 1:00 pm, with Pastor Jerry Siler officiating, followed by interment at Woodland Cemetery. Gifts in his memory may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Temple, 1707 Ohmer Ave., Dayton, OH 45410 and The Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave. Online condolences may be sent to