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Rita Gentry

Clarksville, Arkansas

February 14, 1944 - July 6, 2024

Rita Gentry Obituary

Rita Gentry, 80, of Clarksville, Arkansas, was born on February 14, 1944, in the Doctor’s House in Blue Mountain, Yell County, Arkansas, to Paul and Faye Pettit. She passed away on July 6, 2024, in Clarksville. She was raised in the San Fernando Valley in California and moved to Arkansas in 1969. Rita had a long, adventurous work history, including building homes in Mayflower, being the first woman to work inside the plant for Dow Chemical, and making parking meters for Rockwell Enterprises. Culminating in her “retired” years at Benson’s Grill in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She made friends that became family.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul Pettit and Johnnie Faye (Fleming) Cannon, and her husband, J.R. Gentry.


She is survived by her son, John Edward Denney and wife, Randi Denney of Stigler Oklahoma; her daughter, Shelley Giese and husband, Glenn Giese of Boise, Idaho; her sisters, Loretta Parkhurst of Dardanelle, Arkansas; Brenda Loyd of Chickalah, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Mallory Lewis, Casey Lewis, Katie Groff, Lindsey Denney, Luke Denney, and Britt Thomas; and her six great-grandchildren.


Memorial Services are at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at the Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville, Arkansas with Brother David Raburn officiating.


Donations may be made to any Veterans’ Charity in lieu of flowers.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Rita Gentry hosted by Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Rita Gentry, 80, of Clarksville, Arkansas, was born on February 14, 1944, in the Doctor’s House in Blue Mountain, Yell County, Arkansas, to Paul and Faye Pettit. She passed away on July 6, 2024, in Clarksville. She was raised in the San Fernando Valley in California and moved to Arkansas in 1969. Rita had a long, adventurous work history, including building homes in Mayflower, being the first woman to work inside the plant for Dow Chemical, and making parking meters for Rockwell Enterprises. Culminating in her “retired” years at Benson’s Grill in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She made friends that became family.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul Pettit and Johnnie Faye (Fleming) Cannon, and her husband, J.R. Gentry.


She is survived by her son, John Edward Denney and wife, Randi Denney of Stigler Oklahoma; her daughter, Shelley Giese and husband, Glenn Giese of Boise, Idaho; her sisters, Loretta Parkhurst of Dardanelle, Arkansas; Brenda Loyd of Chickalah, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Mallory Lewis, Casey Lewis, Katie Groff, Lindsey Denney, Luke Denney, and Britt Thomas; and her six great-grandchildren.


Memorial Services are at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at the Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville, Arkansas with Brother David Raburn officiating.


Donations may be made to any Veterans’ Charity in lieu of flowers.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Rita Gentry hosted by Hardwicke Funeral Home.

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