Cary News: Obituaries

Ircil Nathaniel Gentry

Ircil Nathaniel Gentry of Cary, NC, died August 21, 2012 at age 87.

Ircil was born March 25, 1925 near Roxboro in Person County, NC, the 5th child of George and Sallie Gentry. Ircil was preceded in death by his siblings: Lamberth Gentry, Estelle Todd, Marshall Gentry, Thomas Gentry, Sue Ingram and John Gentry. Ircil's surviving sister is Hilda McKnight.

Ircil was married in 1951 to Janie Murphy Gentry of Roxboro, NC until her death in 2000, and was married in 2001 to Laurie Cooper Gentry until her death in 2011.

Also surviving Ircil is his son Ircil (Chip) Gentry, Jr. and Laurie's sons and their spouses: Alex and Helen Cooper, Marty Cooper and Tommy and Rebecca Cooper. Laurie's son Donald Cooper predeceased Ircil. When Donald’s wife Margie married Brad Hammond after Donald's death, they too became family.

Ircil grew up on a tobacco farm in Person County, attended Mill Creek Baptist Church and graduated from Allensville High School. He served with the US Marines as a communications specialist in the south Pacific during WWII.

He worked for CP&L from 1948 to 1987 (39 years) and retired as Chief Load Dispatcher in System Operations. He lived in Raleigh and then Cary since 1959 where he was a member of the Cary First United Methodist Church. Most recently Ircil lived at Glenaire in Cary.

Ircil enjoyed family, friends, church, working at the church fair booth, traditional hymns, traveling, fried seafood, BBQ, the Macho Burrito at Torero's and more.

A celebration of his life was held at First United Methodist Church in Cary on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM with Rev. Dr. William Green officiating followed by graveside services at Cary's Hillcrest Cemetery on Page Street.

Visitation was held in the sanctuary one hour prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cary First United Methodist Church or the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary.