|Birth: ||May 22, 1906|
|Death: ||May 18, 2002|
Alma Gentry, 95, longtime dance and music teacher in Abilene, died Saturday, May 18, 2002. Services are Wednesday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Methodist Church with Reverend Steve Chappell and Dr. David Hamblin officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Pallbearers will be son-in-law Ham Middlebrooks; grandsons Scott Middlebrooks, Eric Schurig, Michael Singleton, and Danny Watts; and great-grandson Chris Watts.
Mrs. Gentry was born in Zephyr, Texas, May 22, 1906 to Ella and William Skipping. There, she grew up on a large farm and ranch with six brothers and two sisters. She graduated from Zephyr High School and Daniel Baker College (Howard Payne University). After teaching public school for several years in Gregory and Brownwood, she married Floyd Gentry in 1927. Three years later, they moved from Brownwood to Abilene.
As the owner of "The Dance Studio" for 13 years, Mrs. Gentry taught tap and ballet classes for children and exercise and ballroom dance for adults. She was a member of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists and attended instructor courses throughout Texas and Colorado every summer. Mrs. Gentry also worked at S & M Music Company for 12 years as an organ instructor, performer, and demonstrator. Later, she taught piano and organ privately in her home. She had been a devoted member of the Harmony Club since 1947.
Alma and Floyd Gentry joined St. Paul Methodist Church in 1946 and were charter members of the Fellowship Class (Couples Class). She played the organ and piano for their Sunday School Class for more than 50 years. They both faithfully supported their church with their time, talents, and gifts.
Volunteer activities that Mrs. Gentry enjoyed over the years included teaching Spanish at Camp Barkley, serving as a Girl Scout leader, working with children at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, and playing the organ at Sears Methodist Center. She also enjoyed gardening and painting.
Mrs. Gentry was preceded in death by her husband, parents, all of her siblings, and her grandson, David Middlebrooks. She is survived by her two daughters, Janice Middlebrooks of Abilene and Karen Schurig of Mill Valley, California; six grandchildren, Melanie Watts, Suzanne Middlebrooks, Scott Middlebrooks, Eric Schurig, Lisa Schurig, and Paige Singleton; seven great- grandchildren, Chris, Brooke, Anjie, Melia, Linnea, Wesley, and Ethan; and two great-great-grandchildren, David and Joey.
Memorials may be sent to St. Paul Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3396, Abilene, Texas 79604 or to Sears Methodist Center, 3202 South Willis, Abilene, Texas 79605.
William Skipping (1861 - 1934)
Ella Lovejoy Skipping (1872 - 1939)
Floyd Gentry (1902 - 1995)
Harry Lovejoy Skipping (1891 - 1962)*
William Rezin Skipping (1900 - 1968)*
Charles Allen Skipping (1903 - 1982)*
Alma Skipping Gentry (1906 - 2002)
Elmwood Memorial Park
Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
Record added: Sep 26, 2013
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