OBITUARY

James Michael "Shea" Gentry

February 7, 1978October 14, 2021
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James Michael “Shea” Gentry went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the age of 43. The world has lost a loyal husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and colleague.

He is survived by his wife Karen Gentry, daughter “Ellie” Amelia Gentry, brother Charles Gentry, sister-in-law Austria Gentry, sister-in-law Debbie Coker, brother-in-law Joe Coker, mother Brenda Watts, grandmother Juanita Becker (Nanny), step-sister Melissa Daran, step-sister Amy Jones, step-brother Aaron Clark, step-brother Jeff Clark, and twelve nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by father Andrew Gentry, step-father John Watts, and one nephew.

Shea was born in Maryville, Tennessee, on February 7, 1978. He moved to Orlando as a child and loved calling Central Florida home. Shea attended the University of Central Florida where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science before moving to Tallahassee, where he earned a Juris Doctor from Florida State University in 2005.

In 2003, Shea married his high school sweetheart, Karen Marie Currier. In 2009, their beloved daughter Ellie was born. Shea cherished time spent with his family, attending UCF football games, traveling, fishing, cooking, and playing practical jokes on everyone.

Shea has been a practicing attorney in the Orlando area for 16 years, the last four spent at the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. His civil practice included insurance defense and plaintiff’s work.

Friends and family will remember Shea as a man that loved Jesus. He was the ultimate storyteller and prankster with a great sense of humor. Shea was a supportive, kind, and helpful friend, and he will be forever missed.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 30, at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church at 123 E. Livingston Street, Orlando FL, 32801.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to “Ellie” Amelia Gentry college fund. For more please click the link below under donations.

https://gift.my529.org/0RDCT1

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 30, 2021

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James Michael "Shea" Gentry

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David Beyer

October 31, 2021

I love this guy. He was my first friend at law school. We met during orientation and immediately bonded over politics, a cigarette, and our shares love of talking. He encouraged 23 y.o. me to spend 6 weeks in Europe (my first time traveling there), and he was my roommate for the first 4 weeks of that trip.

We travelled together through Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. We married our lovely wives the same year. We twice lived in the same apartment complex and Jenny (my wife) and I strongly considered buying a house (that we were not crazy about) just to live in his neighborhood.

He is the only guy I know who thought the things he needed to succeed at law school were a fog machine, a strobe light, and a Jaegermeister dispenser - all of which he regularly deployed during our late night pontification sessions. Interesting as his approach was, he succeeded both at law school and at being an outstanding friend.

He repeatedly “prophesied” that Jenny Beyer and I would one day live in Orlando. He persisted in that “prophesy” (and insisted we refer to it as such) through 5 years of our telling him he was crazy to think that would ever happen. Well, it definitely happened and I am so glad it did.

He was a good man and a great friend. I know the latter is true because I can’t share my best Shea stories in the memory book. Those stories are reserved for the people in my life who acquire and deliver their oral histories around smoke pits, home brews, and pool sides - aka people like Shea.

Rob Furrow

October 21, 2021

Shea was the kind of person whom everyone admired and respected. He had an analytical mind coupled with an amazing ability to explain the complex. A true subject-matter expert in so many disciplines. I really cherished sitting with him, on his patio, hearing his views and options, often accompanied with an incredible meal. Did I mention he was an incredible cook!

He prided himself in his amazing grilled and smoked foods. It was a true experience to see and eat some of his creations! I will never forget him, out in the middle of a hurricane, tending to his smoker, just to serve his family and neighbors. He was compassionate, in a way that few are, selfless and a true friend. He will be missed deeply.

Frank Romano

October 21, 2021

Shea was a cherished friend. He changed my life by mentoring me at the beginning of my career, taught me litigation and personal injury and built the foundation for the career I have now. First he was my boss and mentor, and would quickly grow into a close friend. The years I spent working with Shea were the most fun I’ve ever had in my career and I miss the pranks we played on each other and the laughs we shared, his amazing bbq, smoked ribs and home brewed beer were enjoyed by many of his friends, luckily including myself. He was a great man with a big heart and a loyal and caring friend and I will miss you Shea.

Debra Romano

October 21, 2021

Shea was a good person . He always brought a smile to my face. I will always remember his positive attitude and when asked how he was doing his response always “living the dream”. His dream was his family. His love for Ellie and Karen so obvious. His pride in his beautiful Ellie heart warming. You now have an angel watching over you, let your happy memories carry you through this terrible time. In time those memories will bring you smiles again.

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