Robert AllenGentry LUBBOCK-Robert Allen Gentry, 81, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Lubbock, Texas. He was born on July 2, 1931, in Slaton, Texas, to Bruce E. Gentry, Sr., and Freda Chauncey Gentry. A star athlete in basketball and football, he graduated from New Deal High School. In 1961, he started Great Plains Distributors, a Coors wholesale beer distributing company, with his brother Bruce Gentry, Jr. He also co-founded and remained an owner of Heritage Place Equine Sales Company in Oklahoma City, Okla. Throughout his life, he remained active in farming, ranching, and all aspects of the quarterhorse and thoroughbred industries. He received numerous awards recognizing his achievements in his varied interests. In 2011, he was honored with the prestigious Miller-Coors Legend award at the national convention in San Antonio. He is survived by three children: daughters, LaDanna Gentry of Lubbock and Robbi Force and her husband, Stuart, of Charleston, S.C., and son, Kirk Gentry and his wife, Cynthia, of Lubbock. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Kristen and Taylor Force, and Maile and Chase Gentry; and former wife, Johnnie Sue Corcorran of Lubbock Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Rix Funeral Directors in Lubbock. Services will be held at Broadway Church of Christ, in Lubbock, at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013 with Dr. W. S. Bill Banowsky, former pulpit minister at Broadway Church of Christ, now living in the Dallas area, and Karl Ihfe, minister, officiating. Interment will immediately follow at the City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Rix Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are encouraged to the
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 10, 2013