Nella died of natural causes at 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on Nov. 2, 1925, in Trigg County to the late Alfred and Nellie Stewart Thomas.
Nella was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and WMU. She was a teacher at the Oak Grove School from 1946 – 1948, worked at Elk Brand Manufacturing and retired from Western State Hospital where she was a secretary.
Nella was a member of the Thomas Bridges Association, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Retired Teachers Association. Nella and Thomas Hughes Gentry were very active with the Thomas Hughes Gentry Memorial Golf Tournament. Nella and Thomas Gentry were named the Trigg County Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year in 2004.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Hughes Gentry; and one brother, Harvey Dayton Thomas.
She is survived by several cousins and numerous friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Scott Bridges, Ronnie Weeks, Hugh H. Roberts, Jr., Evan Roberts, Dale Light and Mike Hyde. Honorary pallbearers were The Oak Grove Women’s Sunday School Classes 1 and 2, and Ruth Bridges. Music was provided by Mark Harris, vocalist, and Jan Oakley, pianist.
Memorial donations may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church Bus Fund, 45 Floyd Sumner Rd., Cadiz, KY 42211