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Don Gentry

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Donald Richard Gentry, 79, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 surrounded by family at this home in Athens. Don was born on August 30, 1938 in Ft. Worth, Texas to parents Richard and Gladys Gentry. He attended Polytechnic High School and from there, he went on to serve his country through Company 184 in the United States Navy. He married the love of his life, Judy Garland on August 29, 1958.

Don started working in the grocery business in his early teens in Ft. Worth. He continued his career in Euless and Houston, before moving his family to Crockett in late 1976 to open his own store, Minimax, in August of 1977. He retired in 1990 and began traveling. He and Judy traveled all over the United States, plus traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Jamaica, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico. When Don wasn’t seeing the world, he was fishing, mowing the yard, or keeping up with family and friends.
Don is preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Gentry; mother, Gladys Mills Gentry; son, Larry Gentry; and brother, Bobby Gentry. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judy Gentry;  son, Jerry Gentry of Crockett; daughters, Cheryl Turn and husband, Craig of Crockett; Carolyn Gentry of Crockett; daughter-in-law,  Dana Gentry of Waxahachie; seven grandchildren, Nikki King and husband, Brad of Galveston, Meagan Gaines and husband, Brandon of Magnolia, Samantha Gentry of Lufkin, Ryan Robinson and wife, Cheslee of Elkhart, Chandler Gentry of Arlington, Callen Gentry of Denton, Peyton Turn of Crockett; five great grandchildren, Madison, Mia, and Macie Gaines of Magnolia; Mason and Rylee Robinson of Elkhart; brother, Charles Gentry and wife, Carol of Bullard; numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Funeral services for Donald Richard Gentry will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Brother Larry Bruce officiating.  Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park.  Family will receive friends for visitation Saturday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don’s memory to MD Anderson Cancer Center or St. Jude’s Hospital.  Online condolences may be made at
  1. I am just heartbroken. I’m praying for y’all. Mr. Gentry was the best boss ever! I sure miss that home town grocery store, Minimax! Those were the days! I never had a day I dreaded going to work. We had the best to work with. They were my 2nd family. I pray for comfort for each of y’all. He will be missed! Until we meet again Mr. Gentry!! Rest in Peace! You have some mighty big shoes to fill.

  2. So sorry for your loss. He was such a nice person. My Thoughts and Prayers are with yall. R.I.P. Don.

  3. Some 25 + years ago while Rena and I where running the industrial catering service (Roach coach) I asked Mr. Gentry for career advice and what he thought of several ideas for income we where pondering. He said “stick with what you know”..
    So we did. Don always smiled and offered encouragement for what ever you where doing.

  4. I agree with Annette he was the best boss ever. Never dreaded going to work. He taught me how to always do the best job I could. Thanks to him I am where I am today because he always encouraged his employees. RIP Mr. Gentry you will be missed

  5. Thoughts and prayers for comfort and healing to your family.

  6. So sorry for your loss! Don was such a wonderful man; I know your hearts are broken but you know that he is no longer suffering and walking those streets of gold!

  7. To Gentry Family…..I am so sorry for your loss. Several of Mr. Gentry’s kids were in my late husband’s (Mickey Lewis’) Canoe Club and we enjoyed taking them on canoe trips back in the 1970’s. They were good kids. You are all in my thoughts and prayers for peace and healing from your loss during this difficult time. Please know that I pray for the eternal peace rest of Mr. Gentry’s soul with God in Heaven. Sincerely, Norma Lewis

  8. Sorry to here about your dad May he rest in peace John and Jeane

  9. Sorry to hear about Mr. Gentry passing away. He was a good boss for the short time I worked at Minimax. May God comfort during this time.

  10. Was so sad to read this this morning. Mr. Gentry was such a great man, when he said something you did it! But he was very compassionate, especially when his sons loved putting my bicycle in the freezer every time I rode it to work at Minimax. They were great times with him and Mr. Dickey, both gone too soon. Prayers to the family.

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