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Virginia Graham Gentry
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1925
Smyth County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 2011
Harrisonburg
Rockingham County
Virginia, USA

Virginia Graham Gentry, 86, of Elkton, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Rocking­ham Memori­al Hospital.

She was born March 2, 1925, in Smythe County, Va., to Charles Polk Graham and Olive Vir­ginia Delp Graham. She lived her early years in Rural Retreat, before moving to Bridgewater in 1935. She graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1942, Madison College in 1946 with majors in English and business, and earned a Master of Science in education from Madison College in 1970. She also held certifications as a reading specialist, and in supervision and administration. She also studied at the University of Virginia. She was employed as an educator for 38 years in Rockingham and Page county schools, retiring in 1984. She was the first fe­male school administrator in Rockingham County Schools.

On July 3, 1947, she mar­ried Lawrence D. "Sam" Gen­try, who survives. Also surviv­ing are three children, Joseph C. Gentry (Debbie) of Virginia Beach; Martha L. Gentry of Virginia Beach, and William P. Gentry (Heidi) of Grottoes; two brothers, George L. Gra­ham (Doris) of Arlington and Bridgewater; and Henry B. Graham (Dorice) of Bridgewa­ter; two grandchildren, Meredith Guzman and Ben Gentry; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Bruce M. Graham, Charles H. Graham and Ray J. Graham; and one sister, Charlotte G. Garner.

She was a member of Elk­ton United Methodist Church for more than 60 years, where she held numerous positions including choir member, board of trustees, circle leader and teacher of study groups. She was a life­time member of United Methodist Women, Blue Ridge Garden Club and sev­eral education organizations. She was a member of Elkton Lions Club, where she held several offices, including be­coming the club's first fe­male president; and was also active in Elkton Area United Services. She was a former member of the Na­tional League of American Pen Women. She created crossword puzzles for The Valley Banner for many years after retirement. She was a voracious reader, an avid Scrabble player, and enjoyed cooking, entertaining, gar­dening and travel.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Elkton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Reynolds officiat­ing. At the request of the de­ceased, and with the bless­ings of the family, the body was donated for medical re­search.

Friends may visit the fami­ly any time at 502 Chestnut Avenue, Elkton.

In lieu of flowers, memori­al contributions may be made to the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Hahn Cancer Center, or Elkton United Methodist Church Building Fund.

~Daily News Record, July 14, 2011 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Polk Graham (1884 - 1964)
  Olive Virginia Delp Graham (1888 - 1976)
 
 Children:
  Joseph Carroll Gentry (1948 - 2014)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Hale Graham (1918 - 2010)*
  Bruce McConnell Graham (1921 - 1998)*
  Ray James Graham (1922 - 1997)*
  Martha Charlotte Graham Garner (1923 - 2009)*
  Virginia Graham Gentry (1925 - 2011)
  Henry Bascom Graham (1929 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Body donated to medical science
 
Created by: Vic
Record added: Jul 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73324687
Virginia <i>Graham</i> Gentry
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- Vic
 Added: Jul. 14, 2011
 
 
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