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Raymon Bertram Gentry Jr., 47, of Alexander died Saturday, March 26, 2011. He was born Feb. 11, 1964, in Little Rock to Stella and Raymon Gentry Sr. and two older sisters, Dianne Smith and Lisa Hicks.
In November 1985 he married his sweetheart, Shelia Hill of Mountain View, and was blessed with two daughters, Megan and Cara shortly afterward.
Raymon was a 1982 graduate of Bryant High School and earned his Associates of Applied Science degree in Computer Science from Ouachita Technical College. He enjoyed his years working at Carlton-Bates as a young man, and the past 23 years at Arkansas Electric Cooperatives in a number of roles. Raymon spoke often of his co-workers and shared stories about traveling with them, playing pranks on them, and his calling to be Christâ€™s light to them.
Raymon was very active in his home church, the Church at Rock Creek, where he ministered to countless children and their families through the Childrenâ€™s Ministry. He looked forward to teaching Sunday school each week and was blessed to have the opportunity to attend Siloam Springs Kids Camp as a counselor. With a childlike penchant for fun, Raymon was a favorite of parents and kids alike, and remained a mentor to many kids even after they graduated from the Childrenâ€™s Ministry. Raymon also proudly supported his wife in the home education of their two daughters so that he could ensure they received an education that was not only academic, but Godly.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymon Gentry Sr; father-in-law, Frank Hill; niece, Jessica Smith; and great-niece, Braylen Berry.
Raymon is survived by his wife, Shelia Gentry; daughters, Megan Gentry and Cara Gentry; mother, Stella Gentry; sisters, Dianne Smith and Lisa Hicks; and many more family and friends.
Funeral service honoring Raymonâ€™s memory will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the Church at Rock Creek.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant.
Memorial donations may be made to the Childrenâ€™s Ministry at the Church at Rock Creek, 11500 West 36th Street Little Rock, AR 72211.
Online guest book: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Family comments: If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God Colossians 3:1.