Jerry Melvin Gentry
Jerry Melvin Gentry, of Norman, was born April 5, 1939 in Sulphur, to Irbie W. and Sarah Courtney (Rainbolt) Gentry. He passed away peacefully at his Norman home, under Hospice care, November 11, 2019 at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 6 days.
Jerry graduated from Sulphur High School in 1957 and married Betty Lou Byers on May 17,1958. Together they had two sons, Chris and Colin.
After 13 years living in Dallas, where he worked as a Dallas Police officer and in a variety of sales positions, the family settled in Norman in 1973 where he continued sales for Al Salyer Cadillac and Cochran Chemical Company. Jerry taught himself college chemistry in order to analyze oil extraction and injection chemicals.
Determined and with an entrepreneurial spirit, Jerry had an extensive resume over his career, owning many business, including Aladdin Carpet Cleaning, Aladdin Restoration, Aladdin Distributing and Worktools as an (Authorized dealer for Cornwell Quality Tools), all in Norman. He had also worked as a Funeral Director in Sulphur for several years.
Jerry and Betty enjoyed many wonderful adventures together in their 61 years of marriage and they loved their frequent get-aways at their little lake cabin in Sulphur, where they enjoyed fishing and bird watching. Jerry loved to travel, woodworking, carpentry and relaxing with special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Courtney and Irbie Gentry and siblings, James Gentry and Kenneth Gentry.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Gentry, of Norman; son, Chris Gentry and his wife, Sylvia, of Lakewood, CO; granddaughter: Christin and her husband, Michael and their children, Michael and Adley of Norman; son, Colin Gentry and his wife Michale, their children Dylan and Joslyn, of Norman; sister, Ann Earhart, of Middleothian, TX; brother, Terry Gentry and wife Barbara, of Nashville, TN and many special nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 2:000 p.m. on Saturday. Nov. 16, 2019 in DeArman Funeral Chapel in Sulphur, with Rev. Jim Shepherd and Clem Santine officiating
Blessings from family and friends are welcome.