Douglas Grey Gentry

Born on October 13, 1934

Departed on December 15, 2012 and resided in Crossville, TN

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GENTRY, Douglas Grey. December 15, 2012, age 78 of Crossville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Hazel Gentry. Survived by his loving companion, Sylvia C. Wingert; daughters, Jennifer (Mark) Pike, Cathleen G. (Paul) Cross, and Mendy Gentry; grandchildren, Nikki McCabe, Benjamin Pike, Erin Pike, and Jordan Hite. After his childhood in Cookeville, his school days in Murfreesboro, he was commissioned by the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. He began his dream career with Delta Airlines and retired after 33 years as a Captain. At that time, he relocated to the golfing community of Fairfield Glade in Crossville. Funeral service will be held Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 2 pm at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville. Visitation will be from 12 Noon until service time. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

10 Comments to Douglas Grey Gentry

  1. Noelle Verfurth Golling
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    So many great memories of Papa Doug! A day doesn’t go by that we don’t use one of his lines or tell one of his jokes! Running up to SFO to greet his plane; sometimes in costume, sometimes with signs – always an event. Motorcycle rides, hilarious vacations – especially in the “wheel bar” come to mind first. A few years ago, he and Sylvia were such gracious hosts while traveling across country. My kids wondered all the way back to California what was up with the “waca waca” he and I greeted each other with….a little ongoing Pacman competition 🙂 His laugh, his smile, and his jokes will be missed. His memories will live on forever through many generations. God Bless the whole Gentry family!

  2. Paul West
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    We shall miss you Doug, never saw you without a big smile for everyone.

  3. Frank morse
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Doug was a funny guy and a great pilot.They were fun times @ the guard meetings with Doug.

  4. Robert Donald Cross
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Sylvia, Cathleen, Mindy, Jennifer, Jordan, and Dad; I cannot express with words my sorrow for your loss.
    Doug led a life dedicated to service of country, love of family, and a love for flight. We can know now that his passion for flight has now taken him to the almighty father, that he may serve and love again watching over all of you, For he has “slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings. Put out his hand, and touched the face of God.”
    I love and pray for you all,
    — Rob

  5. Guy and Liza Sipe
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    May the Lord thy God show you his guiding light.

  6. John H. Foote
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I have known Doug since he hired on with Delta. I was in the class of pilots just ahead of Doug.
    Doug was a good friend and a great pilot. I shall miss him.

  7. Ron Stewart
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    God bless

  8. Leigh Ayn Haralambakis
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    God bless you Doug. He filled my childhood with so many fun and happy memories. I enjoyed getting to go to the airport and awaiting his landings so we could visit. He would always bring Delta playing cards or trinkets for me, which as a small child, was AWESOME!!! He took me on my first motorcycle ride at his house when I was little and I still remember the fun ride to this day! And…who can forget that big toothy smile of his!!! You’ll be missed Doug.

  9. Fred Becking
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Always enjoyed flying with Doug. Prayers to his family as Doug flys west.

  10. Carl W. Raymond
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    When I was a ground training instructor in 1971 Doug was in my recurrent class. On one occasion the class was a bit noisy. I sort of chewed them out for not bding professional.
    Shortly after I became a pilot Doug came on board as Captain. He said “Do you remember me?” I did. He dais “Well the worm has turned.” It was all in good fun.
    We flew togther many times he was a great guy to fly with and a fantastic pilot. I will always remember him with great fondness.
    sincerely,
    Captain Carl W. Raymond
    Delta Air Lines Retired

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