Charles Eugene Gentle, of Lorena, Texas, passed away Monday, October 28, 2019 at Wesley Woods Manor.
A Visitation will be 10 am at Grace Gardens Funeral Home on Friday, November 1, 2019. Funeral Services will follow at 11 am with the Reverend Allen Goss officiating. A private burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Park after the service.
Charles was born in Dorchester, Texas, on July 23, 1927. He was the son of Sam Gentle and Gladys Gentle Skipper. He attended Southmayd High School and Sherman High School.
On April 22, 1950, Charles married Martha Marie Hartwick of Robinson, Texas. They were married almost 70 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Charles Lynn Gentle.
Survivors include his loving wife, Martha, daughters, Charlotte Brown and husband David, Mauveline Hafer and husband David; grandchildren, Matthew and Stacy Reeves, Misti and Will Hicks, Elyssa and Justin Evans, Emily and Derek Montgomery; great grandchildren, Macie and Ryder Reeves, Skylar Cole, Qynn Hicks; and his dog and faithful companion, Roscoe.
Charles was a life time trucker who began his career at the age of sixteen. He won many “Safe Driver” awards with C & H Transportation and Bekins. The other drivers knew him by his handle “Gentle Ben”.
Pallbearers include David Brown, Justin Evans, David Hafer, Craig Harrison, Will Hicks, Derek Montgomery, Matthew Reeves and Tommy Tacker. Honorary Pallbearers are Larry Bowers, Bob Bray, Tom Coulter, Charlie Dupree, Roy Lasseter, and James Taylor.
Charles loved to watch birds, hunt deer, and trot-line fish. He enjoyed a good joke or a prank just to put a smile on his family and friends faces. We will always remember his “I still got it” phrase.
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