Jerry Lee Gentry Sr.
1934 - 2020
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Jerry Lee Gentry, Sr.

Mr. Jerry Lee Gentry, Sr. transitioned on October 12, 2020 to heaven surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry Lee Gentry, Sr. was born June 27, 1934 in Noxapater, Mississippi (Winston County) to the parents of Coy and Beatrice Gentry. Mr. Gentry married Mrs. Juanita Holmes Gentry in April 1991. His dedicated wife of 36 years stood by his side.

Jerry Lee Gentry, Sr. graduated from Noxapater High School. He started his higher education career at Tugaloo College on a football scholarship. He later attended Alcorn State University. Ultimately, he earned a Master Degree in Administration and an Educational Specialist Degree from University of Mississippi.

Jerry Lee Gentry, Sr. was an educational legend in the state of Mississippi for over 50 years. He served as a football and baseball coach, Athletic Director, principal and superintendent. He retired after a successful tenure as the superintendent of Tunica County School District. Mr. Gentry dedicated 46 years to Tunica school system.

Mr. Gentry was a member of Fredonia Missionary Baptist Church. He served in various capacities, including Deacon, Chairman of the Deacon Board and finance committee.

Mr. Jerry Lee Gentry. Sr. is survived by his devoted wife Juanita, dedicated and beloved grandson Vasquez Haynes, and a host of children, grandchildren, siblings (Ruth Williams, Coy Dean Gentry, Ollie Gentry, Ruben Gentry, Roosevelt Gentry, Charles Gentry, Lenary Gentry), nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and his siblings Lepolian Gentry and Arthur Gentry.

The arrangements are as follows:

Public and Family Viewing

Thursday, October 22, 2020 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Delta Burial Corporation

615 South State Street

Clarksdale. MS 38614

Drive by Viewing

Friday, October 23, 2020 12:00 noon- 2:00 pm

Tunica High School

1100 Rosa Fort Dr.

Tunica, MS 38676

Graveside Ceremony

Saturday, October 24, 2020 11:00 am

Mount Pleasant #2

637 Mt Pleasant Rd,

Noxapater, Mississippi 39346

Flowers or donations may be sent to:

Delta Burial Corporation

615 South State Street

Clarksdale. MS 38614

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Published in Clarion Ledger from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2020.
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October 30, 2020
Thank you for your decades long service to the children and families of Tunica County. Praying for your family.
Mary Jones Underwood
October 23, 2020
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Marvin Dawkins
October 22, 2020
We are very, very sorry to hear of the passing of our cousin, Jerry Gentry. We, the family of the late Henry J. Dawkins, extend our condolences, our thoughts and our prayers to his family. God bless!
Marvin Dawkins
October 22, 2020
Mr. Gentry was a wonderful boss. He gave me the opportunity to work for TCSD. He trusted me with a lot of confidential issues. We worked well together. He had a fountain of wisdom in many aspects.

With much respect, rest on Mr. Gentry.
Barbara Joyner
October 20, 2020
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Canecia Smith
October 19, 2020
I thank you for the opportunity to serve, learn, and grow under your leadership in the Tunica County School District. The wisdom and educational leadership lessons I have learned from you will remain with me forever.

Rest In Heavenly peace my mentor and friend.
Dexter Green
October 17, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family
Demetrice Norwood Burnette
October 16, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Sharon Granberry
October 15, 2020
Mr. Gentry was a great educator and I will always love him for what he did for me, my husband and so many other people in Tunica and the school district. He was genuine and truly cared. ❤❤
Debra Dace
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