Doris Luellen GentryAugust 24, 1924 ~ December 29, 2017 (age 93)
Doris Luellen Gentry passed into eternal rest December 29, 2017 at Methodist Manor in Florence, SC. Born in Woodruff, SC on August 24, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Posey Hoy Gentry and Aleen Alexander Gentry. Educated in the Spartanburg public schools, she attended business school which prepared her for a long career as an administrative assistant and accountant. Miss Gentry lived and worked in Greenville, SC before moving with her mother to Bennettsville, SC in 1963 where she worked for O’Tuel Cotton Company and Marlboro Warehouse, Inc. until retirement. She became a resident of Methodist Manor in 2010 where she was fondly known as the “Candy Lady” who always asked her caregivers if they would like to have “a little chocolate” from the big box of full-sized candy bars she provided. She never missed a Bingo game or an excursion for as long as she was able to go.
Known for her quick wit and meticulous work skills, she was an avid reader who served as treasurer of the Marlboro County Library Board prior to and during the years of transition to the new Marian Wright Edelman Public Library. She was an ordained deacon at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church where she served as president of the WMU and taught Sunday School. As librarian for the church, she worked tirelessly to provide an updated library for members. She enjoyed travelling to Nashville for training at the former Southern Baptist Sunday School Board, now Lifeway Resources, and spending time at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly for spiritual enrichment.
A member of Pilot Club International since the beginning of her career, she served as governor of the South Carolina organization in 1957-58 and remained active in the Bennettsville Pilot Club for many years. Her Pilot Club involvement afforded her many opportunities to travel all over the world. She was also a former member of the Twentieth Century Book Club in Bennettsville. She also was a Clemson fan who enjoyed watching football on television.
She was preceded in death by one sister and her husband, Cecile and E. M. O’Tuel, and one brother and his wife, Jim and Dot Gentry, and her beloved nephew, Michael O’Tuel.
Surviving nephews are Douglas O’Tuel (Lyn) of Bennettsville and Richard Gentry (Shan) of Simpsonville, SC. Surviving nieces are Marilyn O’Tuel Jordan (Art) of Seneca, SC and Barbara Gentry Patterson (Bill) of Simpsonville. Also surviving is her beloved niece-in-law, Terri A. O’Tuel of Bennettsville. Many of her great nieces and nephews held her in their hearts as a bonus grandmother.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Methodist Manor and McLeod Hospice for the excellent care they provided Miss Gentry. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Thomas Memorial Baptist Church, 308 West Main St. Bennettsville, SC 29512, First United Methodist Church, 311 East Main St., Bennettsvill, SC 29512 or McLeod Hospice, 1203 East Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 2:30 p.m., Burroughs Funeral Home, 688 Beauty Spot Road East, Bennettsville, SC followed by a service in the chapel at 3:00 p.m. conducted by Dr. Mark Johnston. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park. At other times the family will be at the home of Terri O’Tuel.