To Everything There is a Season and a Time - Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
A TIME TO BE BORN
On the third day of creation, God created plant life (flowers). The number three is significant because Lacey and Ella Mobley named their third child Flora. which means flower. A native Trentonian. she attended the Trenton Public School System and graduated from Trenton Central High School. Flora was married to the late Grady Gentry, Sr .. owner of Gentry Fuel Oil Company. She was the mother and a beautiful flower in the lives of her five children, Barbara Gentry-Davis (deceased). Grace. Grady (deceased), Gary, Patricia Gentry-Jones. (deceased). She received the gift of the Holy Spirit at the Trenton Church of Christ.
A TIME TO PLANT
At the time of her transition. Mother Flora Gentry was the oldest member of the Trenton Church of Christ. which she had faithfully attended for more than 80 years. During her tenure. she served as the President of the Senior Choir. Missionary Board. Chairlady of the Women's Day. Secretary of the ABYPU-Sunday School, Busy Bee Club. Prayer Band. Women's Council, and Treasurer of the New Jersey State Diocese for the Churches of Our Lord Jesus
A TIME TO BUILD UP
During her years of employment, with the assistance of the late Dean Goode, she was pretty instrumental in exposing discrimination at the New Jersey State Employment Office. She was also instrumental in exposing that African Americans were denied employment at the Switlik Parachute Company in Trenton. New Jersey. Mother Gentry served for five years as a volunteer for the Juvenile Court of Mercer County. reviewing cases that were diverted away from the court system. She also sat on the Board of Directors that formed the Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton. NJ. As a member of the Oakland Street Civic Association. she participated in the successful ruling that 7-Eleven stores within so many feet of a private . residence must close by 11 :00 P.M. She invested a lot of time in gardening. reading and traveling. She always said. "No one is going to take my independence and. no one is going to blow my candle out." A few months ago. Mother Gentry decided that she was ready to go home and be with the Lord. She said she was tired of living a compromised life of pain.
and she wanted to see her Lord and King and her loved ones who had gone on before her. She gave thanks to God every day for the long life He had given her.
A TIME TO LOVE
Mother Gentry planted seeds of love. joy. salvation. and success in her children. Grace & Gary Gentry (Barbara. Grady & Patricia - deceased) and her extended daughters Dr. Vanessa Robinson (Detroit). Dr. Gwendolyn Graddy-Dansby (Detroit). Evelyn Woods. and Ms. Vivian Morton. Her grandchildren. Kinya Williams (Eddie), Gary Boyd (Donnisha), Jason Davis, Amaris Jones. and Bryan Gentry. Her great-grandchildren Justin. Jade & Jordan Williams. Gary, Genai, & Gabrielle Boyd. extended grand-Children Damian Boyd. Kiyana & Kaylah Williams. Eld George & Girdie Lewis, and her Godson. Michael Shy. She loved and appreciated her two best friends. Mrs. Barbara Brown and Mrs. Mary Atlas. She cherished her relationship with Bishop & Mother Snead (Detroit) & Bishop & Lady Embry (Detroit). The Trenton Church of Christ will cherish her memories and many friends at Greater Ecclesia Temple Church in Detroit. MI. They loved her dearly. Mother Gentry was affectionately called "The Fox and The Bishop" because of her imparted wisdom and kind spirit.
Funeral service will be 10am Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Mt. Zion AME. Church, 34 Pennington Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618. Calling hour will be 9am until the time of service. Interment will be 1pm Monday, October 11, 2021 at Ewing Cemetery, Ewing, NJ. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home.