James Jackson Bentley

July 2, 1923March 27, 2013
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Funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church in Rainbow City, Saturday March 30, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. for James Jackson "Jack" Bentley, 89, of Rainbow City, who went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 27, 2013. Rev. Robby Edwards will officiate. Burial will be at Rainbow Memorial Gardens. Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing. He was born in Tallapoosa, Georgia on July 2, 1923. Jack served in the US Navy during World War II, worked at Republic Steel for 37 years, and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Rainbow City for 56 years, where he loved all of his pastors and his Sunday school class. Jack was a strong, happy man who readily served others and never met a stranger. In fact, he was known by many as "Smiling Jack." He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Watson Bentley and Willie Mabry Bentley, and his three brothers William Eli Bentley, Robert Frances Bentley, and Kenneth Mabry Bentley. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Juanita Cash Bentley, who he married on April 21, 1946, and stayed happily married for 66 years. He is also survived by his sister Emma Jane Rogers of Tallapoosa, Georgia, his son Jim (Patsy) Bentley of Gadsden, his son John (Allison) Bentley of Birmingham, his granddaughter Laura (Kris) Catoe of Gadsden, his granddaughter Kaitlin Bentley of Birmingham, his grandson Jackson Bentley of Birmingham, and his three great grandchildren, Ben, Cash, and Zoe Catoe of Gadsden. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers gifts can be given to First Baptist Church in Jack's honor. Online condolences may be made at


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April 3, 2013

Bentley Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Bentley passing. I have such great memories of him, Church, and going with my Dad to his basement barber shop. I Love you all. Such a dear,sweet family. Thinking of you all!
Marjorie Hawkins Cleckley

March 30, 2013

Mrs. Bentley, Wish I could have been there for you, Mr Jack is at peace now with our Lord. We have the promise to see him again. May God be with you, and He is, in our time of need. Love Sherry Silvey

March 30, 2013

Juanita and family you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Harriett Bentley

Tim Cason

March 29, 2013

Mrs. Bentley, the both of you are two of the sweetest and most kind people i have ever known in my life. I will truly miss Mr. Bentley.God be with you always. Tim Cason

Mindy Collins

March 29, 2013

We will truly miss our drive way talks Mr. Bentley praying for you and the family Miss always Margret Starlings Grandaughter's

March 29, 2013

You and Jack were always so welcoming when I visited my mom and dad at the Church. May God comfort you during this sad time.

Tinley and Sonny Kirby

March 29, 2013

Jim, Patsy,Laura, Kris, and family,
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Tammy Starling Allred

March 29, 2013

Mrs. Bentley, we are so sorry for your loss. We have always appreciated having "The Bentley's" for neighbors. You both have always been so kind & thoughtful to our family. Mr. Bentley will be missed by so many. Many thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

Nancy Peters

March 29, 2013

To Juanita and all of your family:

I am so sorry I cannot be are in my prayers..

Your niece,

Peggy Evans McGuffey

March 29, 2013

Juanita, I am sorry to hear about, Jack. Mom and Dad always enjoyed spending time with you both! Thank you for your kindness over the years. You are in my thoughts and prayers.