Whitney Norris Gentry

July 31, 1973February 15, 2014
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Whitney Leigh Norris Gentry July 31, 1973 - February 15, 2014

Whitney was taken away from us unexpectedly on February 15 at her Vestavia Hills, Alabama home after a brief illness. As the gates of heaven opened for her arrival, the angels began to sing. She leaves behind three broken-hearted, beautiful children, their daddy, and her family and friends.

Whitney was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a brilliant scholar, an avid animal lover (partial to Golden Retrievers), and was an exceptional photographer. Whitney lived for her three beautiful babies, and enjoyed nothing more than chasing them around, capturing time with her camera.

The Haleyville, Alabama native attended Indian Springs School (1987-1988) and Haleyville City Schools. She graduated from Haleyville High School in 1991. Whitney earned her undergraduate degree at Tulane University, where she was in the Chi O sorority. She received her master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Alabama and earned her law degree from Birmingham School of Law. She was employed by ICD-3 at U.S. Steel. Whitney was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Leo and Ola Norris, and her maternal grandmother, Elaine Thomas Manning. Survivors include Whitney’s husband, Michael Gentry of Vestavia Hills; three children, Isabella “Bella” Caroline (9), Livia Mae (3), and Michael “Cael” Leo (1); Whitney’s mother, Nancy Manning Norris (Ben) Schillaci of Birmingham, Alabama; her father, Dennis Norris (Anne Platt) of St. Petersburg, Florida; sister, Stephanie Norris (Kevin) Schambeau of Hoover, Alabama; nephew, Blake Schambeau; nieces, Hartleigh Schambeau and Sophie Schambeau; mother-in-law, Jan (Mike) Smith of Vestavia, Alabama; father-in-law, Ed (Robin) Gentry of Calera, Alabama; uncle, Robert L. (Barbara) Manning of Wilsonville, Alabama; aunt, Lila Jean Bright of Vestavia, Alabama; and a host of cousins, other family, and friends.

The visitation for Whitney will be from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama. The graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Winston Memorial Cemetery in Haleyville, Alabama, with Bo Shedd officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the “Whitney's Kids” fund at

Arrangements under the direction of Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Pelham, Alabama.


  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2014
  • Graveside Funeral Service Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Robin Gentry

February 15, 2015

I don't think I've ever missed anybody so much as I have Whitney ! Myself Ed and Chad loved you so much ! Now your in heaven with that beautiful smile !!!!

The Bush Family

March 12, 2014

We have no words sympathetic enough, no explanation complete enough...
Though our hearts are heavy, our prayers are loud. We send our love and morn Whitney's untimely departure. Our deepest condolences to both sides of the family.

Eric Oller

February 27, 2014

I am sad to hear of Whitneys passing and am very sorry for her family's loss. As one of her instructors I found Whitney always a true professional and a joy to work with.

Stephanie Stalmah

February 26, 2014

Thank you to Whitney's family for sharing these photos with us and for sharing Whitney with her work family. We will miss her greatly. She was a delightful person and a great asset to the Career Development Program. Our hearts and prayers go out to you now.

Michelle Hickman

February 22, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in the arms of Jesus.

Joseph Benintende

February 20, 2014

It is such a shock to hear of this. Whitney was so full of life and loved her husband and children so very much, as well as her extended family as in in-laws, they were all so close and Whitney was very well known for taking the most beautiful pictures of her children. My deepest sympathy goes out to Michael and family? I just know GOD will see all of you through this dark time, don't despair the sunlight of the spirit will return. All of you are on our church prayer list and have many, many people in your corner and sending you prayers.

Greg Dew

February 19, 2014

I am incredibly sorry for your tragic loss. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

February 19, 2014

So sorry for your loss. My daughter Ashley Little worked for Whitney several years ago at ICD-3. I had the opportunity to see Whitney several times when I visited with Ashley at the office. She was always so gracious and friendly to me. I know Ashley would want me to send her sympathy as well. My prayers are being lifted up to all the family. God Bless You. Mitzi Murray

February 19, 2014

To the family of Whitney Leigh Norris Gentry. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time in your lives. We all yearn for better conditions, it's so refreshing to know that God's word speaks of a time when all sorrows will be gone. Mankind will live in beautiful surroundings with nothing to fear.
Isaiah 65:17-21

Stacy Bearden Grein

February 19, 2014

I am so very sorry for your loss. Whitney was exceptional in every way and her impact on others, even over the years and miles, shows how special a person she was.
HHS Class of 1991