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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

RW/RC/NWA Capt. Gary M. Bentley

Vietnam war veteran, RW/RC/NWA Capt. Gary Bentley
August 10, 1946 - March 24, 2013

Notification of the passing of Air Force/Vietnam war veteran and retired RW/RC/NWA pilot Captain Gary Michael Bentley, age 66. Captain Bentley hired on with Hughes 07-28-1978 and retired I believe at the mandatory age 60 with Northwest in 2006.

Survived by his wife Sheila personal condolences may be sent to their residence at
1035 W Tree Drive , Collierville TN 38017-1305 .... (901) 853-7690

Services will be held at the Memphis Funeral Home, Memphis TN, on Saturday, April 6, with visitation from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., and services at 2:00 p.m.
Life Story
Gary Michael Bentley, 66, much-loved husband, step-father, family member, and friend passed away on March 24 after a short, but valiant struggle against cancer.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sheila, his step-daughter, Christine Skinner (David), step-son, Scott English, nephew, Brian Griffin (Hartselle, Alabama), and niece Erin Griffin (Homer, Alaska).
Born on August 10, 1946, in Decatur, Alabama, to Buford and Donna Mae Bentley, he graduated from the University of Alabama in 1969. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War flying C-141 transport planes. He retired as a Major from the Air Force after 20 years of service.
Gary moved to Seattle during his Air Force service and later worked as an electrical engineer while flying for the Air Force Reserves. He also earned an MBA from Seattle University while in Seattle.
Gary retired as a commercial airline captain after 27 years with Hughes Airwest, Republic Airlines, and Northwest Airlines.
Gary was an avid traveler, golfer, and University of Alabama football fan, and he volunteered at the FedEx-St. Jude golf tournament.
Services will be held at the Memphis Funeral Home, at 5599 Poplar Avenue, on Saturday, April 6, with visitation from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., and services at 2:00 p.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that a contribution be made to a favorite charity, to the American Cancer Society, or to the Collierville Animal Shelter.
Service Information
Visitation: Saturday, April 06, 2013, from Noon to 2:00pm
Memorial Service: Saturday, April 06, 2013, at 2:00pm
Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens
5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119 | 901-725-0100

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