GENTLE, JR., Edgar Cuthbert Age 94, born in New Orleans, LA; a recent resident of Blakeford At Green Hills, and member of the Roman Catholic Cathedral Parish of The Incarnation, Nashville and passed away July 20, 2013 in Nashville, TN. He is survived by his wife and golfing partner of 67 years, Marie Jeanne Thibodeau Gentle; by five children, Judith Marie Gentle, Edgar C. Gentle III, Diane Gentle Armistead and son-in-law, Steve Armistead, Paul Frederick Gentle, Thomas W. Gentle and daughter-in-law, Connie Lovett Gentle, and son-in-law, William Michael Rees, widower of their daughter, Patricia Gentle Rees; eight grandchildren, Meghan Rees, Edgar C. (Ted) Gentle IV, Samuel Gentle, Winston Gentle, Duncan Mc Daniel, Spencer McDaniel, Thomas W. Gentle, Jr. and Patricia Jeanne Gentle; sister-in-law, Emma Quattlebaum Gentle, widow of Alfred F. Gentle; sister-in-law, Imelda Obering Gentle, widow of Jack E. Gentle; one sister, Edwige M. Gentle, as well as many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was a many year member of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Active as a member of Building and Facility Committees, and of various parish religious Discussion Groups. He was a 1942 Electrical Engineering Graduate and member of the first Cooperative Engineering Class of Auburn University (API). He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, the Briarean Society and Scabbard and Blade; retired in 1983 as Vice President of South Central Bell in Birmingham, Alabama having also worked in many locations in the United States and Canada as part of the old Bell System for 43 years. Following this retirement, he then for several years maintained an active interest in Telecommunications, and participated in that industry as a National and International Consultant to varied enterprises as a Volunteer Executive and Spouse on assignments in Taiwan (R.O.C.) and Mainland China (P.R.C.) with the International Executive Service Corps and the Agency for International Development (A.I.D.), part of the Departments of State and Commerce of the United States. He was a combat WWII
Veteran and a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army
, serving overseas in the 306th Engineer Combat Battalion of the 81st Infantry Division in the Southwest Pacific Ocean area, New Caledonia, the Phillippines and Japan, and was awarded The Bronze Star
Medal "For meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy" in 1944. He is a Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, serving as Chairman of the IEEE, member Conduct (ethics) Committee and active in the Early Day Wireline Communications Committee of IEEE, and was President of the Alabama section of the AIEE in Birmingham, Alabama in the early 1950's. He was Chairman of the Auburn University alumni Engineering council, active in the Auburn University Advisory Council of The College of Arts and Sciences, and in the Auburn University Legislative Action Network. He was honored as a Distinguished Auburn Engineer by his alma mater in 1983. In 1965, while working at AT&T in New York city, he developed and edited a college level pioneer textbook entitled "Data Communications in Business-An Introduction", which was also printed and published in Japanese titled DATA TSUSHIN by Nippon T&T Company, Tokyo, Japan in 1967. Ed Gentle was President of the Birmingham chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Diabetes Trust Fund, a member of the Downtown Kiwanis club and Vestavia Country Club. A Memorial Mass will be at two thirty this afternoon, Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Cathedral of The Incarnation, 2015 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN with inurnment in the Columbarium at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama. In anyone feels so led, in lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made in the remembrance of Lt. Col. Edgar C. Gentle, Jr. (US Army - Retired) to The Wounded Warrior Project (ww.woundedwarriorproject.org
) of Jacksonville, FL.