Joseph Mansfield Gentry

August 5, 1919June 12, 2013

Joseph Mansfield Gentry “Joe” passed away on June 12, 2013. Mr. Gentry was born on August 5, 1919 to George Mansfield and Florence Shockley Gentry in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Tech High and attended Georgia Tech. Mr. Gentry served in World War II with the 341st Bombardment Squadron, U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed in North Africa and Italy and received several medals including the bronze star. After the war he moved to Fitzgerald, Georgia where he met and married Doris Lee Williams. They moved to Wilmington, N.C, in 1946 with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. In 1960 they and their 2 children were transferred to Jacksonville. In 1963 he joined National Castings Corporation as field product engineer. After his retirement he continued to consult for the company until he was 80 years old. Joe was an active member of Southside Baptist Church where he served as teacher, department director and ordained deacon. He was a life member of the Westside Club where he was a frequent speaker and mentor to many. Every Monday for over 30 years he enjoyed playing poker with friends at Beau Rivage. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters. He is survived by Doris, his wife of 67 years; his children Ann (Bill) Kemp and Clay (Tesha) Gentry; his grandsons Jay (Darby) Wilkerson, Gentry (Jennifer) Wilkerson, Paul (Kelly) Gentry, Carter Gentry and Griffin Gentry; his great grandchildren Jake, Reagan and Amelia and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will all miss him dearly. A visitation will be held Sunday, June 16 from 5 - 7 pm at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd. The funeral service will be Monday, June 17 at 2pm at Southside Baptist Church, 1435 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32207 with Reverend Gary Webber officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Joe requested that memorial donations be made to his church home, Southside Baptist Church. Please Sign the guestbook at www.hardage-giddens-oaklawn-chapel HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 17, 2013

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Bob & Terry Franz

July 23, 2013

Joe and Doris were such a comfort to Bob and I during Bob's rehab at St Catherine's. We are so grateful to have known Joe albeit was a very short time. His knowledge was amazing and his mind as keen as a man half his age. We are blessed to have made his acquaintance. Psalm 116:5

The Berrys

June 18, 2013

Joe left a great sense of humor and wittiness about him that will be surely missed. God bless your family Psalm 46:1

Ron Henson

June 17, 2013

Joe leaves a great legacy. I knew him to be a man of God full of wisdom and humor. He was a servant leader who loved life and made a difference in the world. I have been blessed by his example and friendship.

June 16, 2013

Great friend, will be missed. Pat Petrusse

Michael Avera

June 16, 2013

Joe Gentry, was a mentor of mine and a loving man that embodied what a man should be and strive to be in life. We were life long fans of the Atlanta Braves, my father worked for the Railroad as did Joe, he met his wife in Georgia (Fitzgerald) and I am from Macon, GA, he carried a meeting every Thursday Night at the Westside Club where Joe taught me so much. My life has been blessed by just having met Joe Gentry and his sweet wife. I will forever be in his debt and hope to carry the same message he has done by just being a living example of a true Godly Man! Joe may you dance today with the Angels, and I know the words of our Savior will be to you, " Joe, Job well Done!" I will miss you buddy! My thoughts go out to the family at this time because this man will be missed by all!

Carla Knowles

June 15, 2013

Dear Doris, Ann & Clay,
Bob & I are thinking of you and send our love. I thought of Joe as my second Dad. He always had a good outlook on life, loved his family and church. So sorry for your loss. Love always. Carla and Bob Knowles

June 13, 2013

Dear Doris, Ann & Clay,
Kelly and I are thinking of you today and thinking of what a wonderful long life Joe enjoyed. He was so intelligent and witty. We are sorry for your loss.
Love Shirlie & Kelly