Gentry B. EAVES, Sr.

September 7, 1910 ~ June 15, 2002

Mr. Gentry Bartlett Eaves, Sr., passed away June 15, 2002, at Parkland Health Center, Farmington, at the age of 91 years, 9 months & 8 days. Gentry was born Sept. 7, 1910, in Licking, MO., to Melvin Lee Eaves & Henrietta 'Kirk' Eaves. He was also preceded-in-death by his wife, Ida Esther 'Woods' Eaves, (March 1993); 1 Sister, Lillian Mund & 4 Brothers: Melvin; Dell; Luther & Milford. He was a member of Farmington 1st Baptist Church & member of the Sr. Men's Bowling League. SURVIVORS INCLUDE : SONS - Kenneth F. Eaves, Seattle, WA; Gentry (& Martha) Eaves, Farmington; Mike (& Nancy) Eaves, Farmington. DAUGHTER: Patricia (& Royce) Sykes, Arnold, MO; SISTER: Lenna Stevens, St. Louis. Also, 11 Grandchildren & 14 Great-Grandchildren. Visitation starts Thurs., 5 pm; resumes Fri., 7 am at TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, Farmington. Funeral Fri., 1 pm, June 21, 2002, at Farmington 1st Baptist Church with Dr. William C. Miller officiating, assisted by Rev. Dino Pacilli & Rev. Larry Johnson. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Leadington, MO. Memorials may be made to: Delassus Baptist Church Building Fund. To the family, he was known as "Papa Gentry," but to those who didn't know his name, he was known as "Mr. Wavey, the old man who would wave to everyone," or "that guy who waves all the time." He loved to get up early and see the sun rise as he was walking. These last years he would get up later because of his health & ability to see in the dim light. He would wave at everyone. He would always tell us "If I wave & I can make one person smile -or- make their day brighter by waving, then I have done my job." If you walked by Papa Gentry you would get a "Hi" -or- he would always give little children a "High Five." Papa Gentry was a Christian & as a Christian he felt he should spread the word of God everywhere he went. What better way than through a friendly wave & gentle smile. Saturday, June 15th, at 7:30 am, Papa Gentry was walking along North 'A' Street. He had just stopped & talked to some people & given them his wave. As he left their yard to walk down the street he fell striking his head & died. But, he died doing what pleased him the most. "Making people happy!" Please pass along the wave of love.

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  1. AN ELEGY FOR GENTRY tribute from a grandson Gentle wisdom, quiet strength, more often seen than heard though no less your thoughtful words reflected your life of faith and helped to anchor us in our understanding of what God meant by love, to always in Him trust. You, for whom family was far more than kin, meant also confidant and friend shared sorrow and glee. Now we are bereft; the world seems a dimmer place, sadder and smaller, for without you, we feel adrift. Yet, we can still smile to know- despite the tumult of our tears past the darkness of our fears in these days of great sorrow- you walked out of this world into the next, where loved ones and friends who before you moved on wait for you at the gate of pearl, and Ida, with whom the sweetest part of life you shared, reaches for your hand and smiles for you once more while listening with you to words most blest "Well done, Gentry, My servant true and faithful, My beloved child, welcome to your most deserved rest among these your friends and family who, as I, have eagerly awaited you to come." Yes, we left behind may ache with sorrow but also know there will be a tomorrow when we will met you at our Eternal Home.

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