History of the Restoration Movement

Charles Ezell Gentry



Charles Ezell Gentry was born November 30, 1921, in Cookeville, Tennessee. His parents were Carlos and Maggie Roberts Gentry. He was baptized by O. H. Tallman in Cookeville, Tennessee, May 24, 1933. He preached his first sermon at the Broad Street Church of Christ in Cookeville, in September, 1933.

Brother Gentry has done many things and done them well. He served two terms as Mayor of Smithville, Tennessee, and was a special assistant to Congressman Joe L. Evins for many years. He likes to be known as a gospel preacher. He preached at Holladay, Cookeville, TN; South Dearman in Detroit, Michigan; in Roseville, Michigan; Mt. Clemons, Michigan; Warren, Oklahoma; Lamar, Colorado; Jere Whitson Street in Cookeville; Haynes Street in Dayton, Ohio; in Smithville, Tennessee; Dibrell, Tennessee; Plaza, Charlotte, N. C.; in Winchester, Tennessee, and Philippi, DeKalb County, Tennessee. He helped establish five congregations.

He attended Altus College, Altus, Oklahoma, and Wayne University, Detroit, Michigan. He has travelled and studied in Russia, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Greece and the Philippines. He assisted us with a gospel meeting in Jerusalem where the Lord’s church was established in A. D. 33. His wife is Doris Hobson Gentry. He had three children: Charles, Jr. (deceased), Linda Fay and Philip. Everyone who knows Charles and Doris loves them. They are the kind of friends one dreams of having. Thank God for them.

George Dehoff, I See My Time Is Up, "Great Preachers I Have Known," p.243

The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee
Thursdy, March 15, 1962, page 1

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Tuesday November 4, 1958, page 9

Directions To Grave

The Gentry family burial plot is in a plot in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Cookeville, Tennessee. The Funeral Home and cemetery are located on West Jackson Street. From I-40 take Exit 286 and head north on Hwy. 135. In about a mile turn left on W. Jackson St. The cemetery is on the left. Instead of entering the main entrance head up to Buffalo Valley Rd. and turn left. The cemetery will be on your left. Enter the second entrance and travel down the lane and to the round about. See photo-map below. While in the cemetery note a photo below where it is pointed out where several gospel preachers are buried in the park. See overview photo below.

GPS Location
36°09'23.9"N 85°31'38.2"W
or D.d. 36.156632,-85.527288
Garden Of Rest - A-1,10

East toward fountain - office/funeral home in the distance - Gentry is straight ahead, first on right before fountain

Looking west from fountain - Gentry Plot ahead on right

Charles E. Gentry, Jr

Carlos B. Gentry - 1894-1972
Maggie R. Gentry - 1892-1969

Lonnie B. Gentry - 1901-1966
Beulah J. - 1909-1994

Charles Ezell Gentry - 1921 - 1994

Photos Taken 08.08.2016
Webpage produce 07.07.2021
Courtesy Of Scott Harp


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