Willard and Mary Frances Gentry

Published Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Willard and Mary Frances Gentry

Willard and Mary Frances Gentry of Cottondale will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family party at their home of 38 years.

Willard Gentry and the former Mary Frances Holt were married June 21, 1952, in Fort Worth.

They have four children: Wesley and wife, Patricia, Russel, Bradley and wife, Rayanne, and Jo, all of Cottondale; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Willard worked at a gas station in Bridgeport, Acme Brick and rock crushers. He built houses and churches in Wise County, was a sheetrocker and managed the Coastal Plains warehouse in Irving. He built and owned the old Cottondale Store, helped start the Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department and the Paradise baseball and softball fields and coached in the Irving Girls Softball League (IGSL) and Irving Boys Baseball League.

Mary Frances worked alongside her husband for six decades, designing and decorating houses he built and as a cook and cashier at the old Cottondale Store.

She worked at Marine Aircraft in Fort Worth and the United Methodist Camp, is a seamstress, coached IGSL, helped start the CVFD and the Paradise baseball and softball fields and was president of the Parent-Teacher Organization of Irving schools.

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