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"Cotton Eye" Bedford Johnson Gentry, Sr.

February 13, 1943 ~ September 10, 2022 (age 79)


BEDFORD JOHNSON “COTTON EYE” GENTRY, SR. age 79, of 1044 Cavel Chub Lake Road, Roxboro, NC died Saturday afternoon, September 10, 2022 at his home.


Mr. Gentry was born February 13, 1943 in Person County, NC, son of the late Rosco & Inez Robertson Gentry.  He was retired from Piedmont Maintenance and Services after more than 20 years of service and was of the Baptist faith.


Cotton Eye enjoyed watching NASCAR, going to antique car shows, wood working in his shop, hunting, fishing, and visiting patients in the hospital.


Surviving are a son, Bedford Johnson “Johnny” Gentry, Jr., grandson, Andrew Gentry, brother, Pete M. Gentry & wife, Janet, step-mother, Bertie Lee Shull Long, two half-brothers, Wayne R. Gentry & wife, Teena, and R. Paith Gentry all of Roxboro, NC.


In addition to his parents, Mr. Gentry is preceded in death by a sister, Cathy Gentry Banks.


Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September, 13, 2022 in the Providence Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Herbert Brown officiating. The family will receive friends and guests from 6:00 till 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2022 at Strickland and Jones Funeral Services and other times at the home.  


The family would like to extent a very special thank you to his care giver, April Bryant and to Medi Home Health and Hospice.


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 239, c/o Neal Bowes, 947 Jack Hambrick Road, Roxboro, NC 27574.  


Arrangements are by Strickland and Jones Memorial Funeral Services, 1810 Durham, Road, Roxboro, NC 27573.  Online condolences may be made at stricklandandjonesfs.com.

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September 12, 2022

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Strickland and Jones Memorial Funeral Services
1810 Durham Road
Roxboro, NC 27573

Graveside Service
September 13, 2022

2:00 PM
Providence Baptist Church Cemetery
1319 Virgilina Road
Roxboro, NC 27574


Boy Scouts of America Troop 239
c/o Neal Bowes, 947 Jack Hambrick Road, Roxboro NC 27574

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