OBITUARY

Alfred Al Gentle Fernandez Gentle Sr.

July 16, 1923June 19, 2013

Alfred Fernandez Gentle, Sr., age 89, of Hoover, AL, and formerly of Atlanta, GA, passed away Wednesday evening, June 19, 2013. He was born July 16, 1923 in New Orleans, LA. Al served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, 1941-1946, attaining the rank of Chief Radioman, and was a veteran of the North Pacific Aleutian Campaign. He served in the Bering Sea for two years, and was awarded the American Defense Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and WWII Victory Medal. Al attended Blessed Sacrament Academy in West End and West End High School. After having served for five years in the U.S. Navy, he continued his education at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University), graduating with the Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Al retired from Southern Bell (BellSouth) as operations manager, after 35 years of service in engineering and regulatory in Atlanta, GA. He also spent two years in New York working for AT&T, and continued in consulting work for a number of years. Al was an active member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Hoover, a Life Member of Auburn Alumni Association, a Life Member of Disabled American Veterans, and a former Boy Scouts leader. With his wife Emma, he traveled throughout the USA and worldwide, sometimes escorting groups. He was an avid gardener. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Edwige Louise Fernandez Gentle and Edgar Cuthbert Gentle, Sr.; and one brother, Jack E. Gentle, Sr. Survivors include Al's wife of 62 years, the former Emma Quattlebaum; three daughters, E. Renee Gentle Powers (Tom) of Clanton, AL, Anita Gentle Newcomb of Columbia, MD, and Nancy Gentle Boudrie of Exton, PA; one son, Alfred F. Gentle, Jr. (Karen) of Columbia, MD; seven grandchildren, Samuel Powers (Alicia) of Greenville, SC and Russell Powers (Melissa) of Clanton, AL, Rachel Newcomb of Atlanta, GA, Emma and Reid Boudrie of Exton, PA, and Rebecca and Michelle Gentle of Columbia, MD; and two great-grandchildren, Cole Powers and Logan Powers. Al is also survived by one sister, Edwige M. Gentle of Denham Springs, LA, and one brother, Edgar C. Gentle, Jr. (Jeanne) of Nashville, TN. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 9-11 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 2061 Patton Chapel Road, Birmingham, AL 35216. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25. Interment at Southern Heritage Cemetery, 475 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, AL 35124 will immediately follow. Arrangements handled by Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Pelham, AL. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please indicate that each gift is in honor of Alfred F. Gentle, 3539 Polo Parc Court, Hoover, AL 35226. Or, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 25, 2013
  • Celebration of Christian Burial Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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Alfred Al Gentle Fernandez Gentle Sr.

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bianca perez

April 8, 2014

I still miss you so much dad!

mb

June 30, 2013

So sorry for your loss.

June 30, 2013

IM SORRY FOR YOUR LOST. MAY YOUR FAMILY RELY ON GOD IN THIS TIME OF GRIEF.

June 27, 2013

I worked with Al at Southern Bell in Atlanta. He promoted and moved me from Jacksonville, Fla. to Atlanta, Ga. He was a great guy. RIP, Al.

Nancy Longworth

June 27, 2013

Anita, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

June 27, 2013

So sorry Anita. He definitely sounds like a father to be proud of. It was so nice talking to you at the reunion. Mary Sedlack Parsons

Kim

June 25, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Diane Gentle

June 25, 2013

Uncle Al what a beautiful,caring & loving man....Your light will shine forever you touched so many of us in countless ways....I miss you terribly :-( diane

Angie Vacarella

June 23, 2013

Angie Vacarella

June 23, 2013