Joyce Hopkins Gentry

August 28, 1928March 18, 2020

Joyce Hopkins Gentry, 91, passed away on March 18, 2020 at UNC Rex Hospital after a brief illness. Born on August 28, 1928 in Franklin County, NC: she was the daughter of the late Nell Brantley Hopkins and Joe Hopkins.

Joyce was employed by Southern Bell and AT&T for 38 years. Her greatest joy was her family and she was lovingly referred to as Granny.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, John A Gentry Jr. Joyce is survived by her son: John A. Gentry III and wife, Diane; grandchildren: John Emerson Gentry, Samuel Carson Gentry and wife Katherine Read Gentry, and Beverly Lauren Gentry McKee and husband Zachary David McKee; great-grandchildren: Emerson Paul Gentry and Perri Diane Gentry; by her sister: Jean Hopkins Bullock (the late John C. Bullock Jr); nieces: Nancy Bullock (Bruce McGuire) and Cheryl Bullock Hartsoe and her family; and by many friends, including her church and neighborhood families.

Due to the present community gathering restrictions, a private family graveside service was held at Raleigh Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to Athens Drive Baptist Church – 1601 Athens Drive – Raleigh, NC 27606, where Joyce had been a charter member.


  • Private Family Graveside Service


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Frank Jou

March 24, 2020

Dear Gentry Family,

We are grateful to be sister Joyce's neighbor and came to know her since 2014. Sister Joyce was such a sweet fellow believer - a true lover and genuine seeker of the Lord! She enjoyed when we sang hymn and shared verses s together, and we enjoyed her spirit very much. She loved her families and always had fond memories to share with us. She has been such an inspiration to us - always rejoicing, gracious, and generous to those around her despite of her physical illness in the last few years.

While sister Joyce rested her earthly journey and went to be with the Lord, we also celebrate a life well living and a wonderful heritage she bestowed on us - those lives she touched and inspired while she was with us! Because of her, she left behind a better world. We will truly miss her!

Frank & Joy

Judy Teander

March 23, 2020

Johnny and family, We were so saddened to read of the passing of Joyce and oh, how the memories flooded by soul--from singing in the choir with Joyce (and duets, too), fun fellowship times, to having you in the youth choir that I directed. We delighted in being a part of your family from 1964 to 1970 and occasionally seeing you and/or Joyce after that time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of adjustment. With much love and sympathy, Judy and Jeneal Teander

Paula Barefield

March 23, 2020

John, so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She always had such a beautiful smile and laughter. I know you will miss her so much, but you will have so many wonderful memories that will help you through your lost. My prayers goes out to your entire family🙏

Lynne Harris

March 22, 2020

John, I'm so sorry to hear this! Your mom was very sweet & beautiful as well.
Lynne & Len Harris

Terri Silver

March 22, 2020

Such a pretty and sweet lady. She hired me in 1968. God be with her family.

Johnny Ford

March 21, 2020

John, sorry to here about your mom. Thinking about you and your family. Take care.

John Killebrew

March 20, 2020

Joyce was the BellSouth employee relations supervisor that interviewed and hired me in 1970. She was very professional and kind to me throughout the process. Later, I met her son John and we became close colleagues. John included me on a visit to his Moms house many years ago and she looked just like she had looked when she hired me. She had the uncommon ability to be business-like and personal at the same time... always showing that she cared about you!

john hearne

March 20, 2020

Sending our condolence -With Deepest Sympathy
Hearne Automotive & staff

Barbara Edwards

March 20, 2020

My condolences to the family...I worked with joyce at Bellsouth and what a delightful and sweet woman...she was so beautiful and a true Southern Bell!! We shared lots of laughter too! Joe & Barbara Edwards

Donna Hopkins

March 20, 2020

Joyce was my cousin and she was a beautiful lady. My dad Harley thought she was so special. She was his niece. She was a big help to me when my dad was diagnosed with dementia. She knew how to help with with securing a place for him to live. I will always remember how beautiful I she was and how sweet.