James “Jim” Allen Gentry, Jr., 87, of Snellville passed absent peacefully on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Johns Creek Senior Dwelling Care following remaining diagnosed with vascular dementia 5 several years in the past. Jim was born on February 22, 1934 in Cobb County, Ga to Flonnie and James Allen Gentry, Sr. and was lifted in Marietta. He was a 1952 graduate of Marietta Superior Faculty, wherever he satisfied the really like of his existence, Joann (Jo) Burns. He attended Oxford College or university of Emory University and then Emory University Business School (now Goizueta Company University), graduating in 1956. He begun his profession in community accounting with Arthur Andersen, but these strategies have been place on keep when he been given his draft detect on his wedding ceremony day in November of that exact yr. Right after practically two yrs with the Army at Fort Benning, he returned to Atlanta to resume his community accounting job and also train component time at Goizueta.
In 1960, he and Jo and their a person 12 months old daughter moved to Chapel Hill, NC so that he could go after his Masters and PhD levels in Accounting at the University of North Carolina. They returned to Atlanta in 1965, where Jim started a 34 12 months training job at Emory University, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1999. Over the several years he taught some 10,000 learners. In addition to educating, which was his enthusiasm, he also served as Spot Coordinator of Accounting for the company university and chaired each the MBA and BBA System Committees. In 1998 he was awarded the Donald R. Keough Award in recognition of contributions to the improvement of the Goizueta Business enterprise College. He was an lively member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, and been given that organization’s Outstanding Services Award in 1992 as properly as 1998 Accounting Educator of the Year. All through his tenure at Emory, he also co-authored 3 accounting textbooks and founded and taught the Becker CPA Evaluation Training course for the Southeast for lots of decades.
When Jim and Jo returned to the Atlanta location from Chapel Hill, they settled in Clarkston to raise their family. They ended up longtime lively members of Clarkston Baptist Church, in which Jim was a deacon for most of people years and served as Chairman for many. He was pretty involved in the life of his four children, normally obtaining time to coach their athletics groups, guide many of their church youth courses, and provide with Jo as co-president of the Jolly Elementary PTA. He was also an avid collector of slight league baseball memorabilia, a longtime passion which he ongoing into his 70s. He and Jo loved adventures and producing memories for their small children, and for at least a thirty day period each summertime for yrs, they would pack the children in their VW van, pulling a Coleman pop-up camper and exploring most of the U.S. and areas of Canada. With their youngsters just about developed, they then fell in adore with Sanibel Island, FL and appeared forward to paying out quite a few months a year on “their” beloved island with as several relatives members as doable. At the time Jim retired from Emory, they moved to Snellville and became associates of To start with Baptist Church of Grayson.
Jim was recognised as a sweet, light soul, and his children have lived their total lives devoid of at any time once viewing him indignant. His religion and loved ones ended up normally his top priorities, and once his grandchildren were born, he located even much more pleasure in his loved ones than he believed attainable. He was Papa to his seven grandchildren, and he was their hero. He left an indelible mark on their life as a correct man of God and a single who usually put many others 1st and addressed absolutely everyone with kindness. He experienced a large coronary heart, a terrific giggle (in particular at his have corny jokes), and he under no circumstances satisfied a stranger (“I assume that fellow above there would like me to appear converse to him.”). He had a joyful spirit and was an eternal optimist. He is now singing with the angels and is reunited with his treasured Jo.
Jim was preceded in dying by Jo, his soulmate and wife of almost 53 yrs, his mom and dad, and his youngest brother Dick Gentry. He is survived by his kids Jamie (Bob) Nelson, Julie Gentry, Jay (Lesley) Gentry, Jenny Molter, his grandchildren Haley Nelson (Jeff Borsuk), Eric Nelson, Jenna Nelson, Mitchell (Katie) Gentry, Ashley Gentry (Palmer) Brasher, Mackenzie and Anderson Molter, and by his brother and sister-in-regulation, Jack and Elizabeth Gentry. He also leaves guiding a huge prolonged loved ones who adored him, which include numerous nieces and nephews.
The loved ones would like to thank Johns Creek Senior Living Care and Agape Hospice Care for providing these mild and loving treatment for Jim for the duration of the final 4 months of his daily life. Donations in his memory may well be designed to Agape Hospice Treatment, 1395 S. Marietta Parkway SE, Setting up 700, Suite 750, Marietta, GA 30067. A memorial company to celebrate Jim’s lifetime will be announced at a afterwards date when it is safer for good friends and relatives to acquire.