James “Jim” Alvin

Gentry Jr., age 56, of Niota, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at his home.

Jim was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Blalock Construction Company. He loved to hunt, tell tales and just have fun at life with his family and friends.

Survivors include: his wife of 28 years, Darlene Redmond Gentry, of Niota;

Sons and daughter-in-law, Jason Redmond, of Niota, and Joshua and Diane Redmond, of Madisonville;

Three grandchildren, whom he loved greatly;

Mother, Sandra Gentry, of Citico;

Sisters and brothers-in-law, Jamie and Ric Dennis, of Citico, and Janna and Daraul Holmes, of Seymour;

Brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Diane Wattenbarger, and Mike and Cherryl Redmond, of Niota;

Several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Dr. Bill Dawson, AMR Ambulance Service, McMinn County Sheriff’s Department, North McMinn Fire and Rescue, Clearwater Fire and Rescue, and all the staff at Sweetwater Hospital, who took care of Jim at this time.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville. The funeral followed at 7 p.m. in the Biereley-Hale Chapel with Rev. Lon Stamey officiating. Interment was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Ten Mile.

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