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“I worked at the Emmett St Marathon and for many years and loved when Gentry would come and see us!! I loved his hugs and seeing him smile when he...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Jessica Brown - Battle Creek, MI

“Although I haven't seen Ray in recent years, since I now live near Union City, our friendship goes back to the 60's, when he worked for Federal Home...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Kenneth Bell - Union City, MI

“What dear friend.Gentry, We will miss you deeply God's speed my friend.The Boshers and Case Families ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Todd Boshers - Battle Creek

“I came to know Gentry while I was on the Battle Creek City Commission. Gentry made a presentation to the Commission regarding issues faced by persons...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: John Harper - Battle Creek,, MI

“Gentry was a special person to me. He smile and sense of humor will be missed. Rest easy my friend. My condolences to your family. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Shannon Mills - Battle Creek, MI

“Gentry was a very sweet man. I also lived in the Mill Creek Apts and enjoyed his company when we would meet in the lobby. He will be very missed. RIP...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Bonnie Hibbard - Battle Creek, MI

“I knew Gentry many years ago as he worked for our Vet. Dr Chuck Roberts! His bookwork was flawless! Always so nice when I went in to pay our bill....Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Kaye Schragg - Battle Creek, MI

“Gentry was also an early inductee to the beautiful -WALL OF FAME located in Nichol's Field at Bailey Park. This honor was so well-deserved for Gentry...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: CASIMER Dzwik - Battle Creek, MI

“To a true friend to work with. God bless ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Russell Kahler - Midlothian, VA

“I am saddened to learn of Gentry's passing. He was a tireless advocate for persons with disabilities. My condolences to his family. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Jane Tiedeman - Crossville, TN

“My friend Ray. May you rest in peace. To his family; please know this good man will not go from this place unnoticed. I knew him as simply, Ray, when...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: William Schaeffer - Union City, MI

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Gentry Ray Hammons, 77, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. He fought cerebral palsy bravely all of his life.

Gentry was born August 27, 1943 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Owen R. and Virginia M. (Chase) Hammons. He was a 1962 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, graduated from Argubright Business College in 1974 and earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Davenport University. Gentry was self-employed as an accountant.

Surviving are his sister, Jennifer K. (Burnie) Moore of Battle Creek; two nieces, Tina (Larry) Rathbun, Tammy Hammons; two nephews, Burnie (Bethany) Moore, Justin (Casandra) Moore and their families, all in the surrounding Battle Creek area. Gentry was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother and his wife, Jimmy Lee and Brenda Hammons.

Gentry was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served on the personnel committee, finance committee, and was head of the endowment committee. He was a member of Hill House Apartments, created to provide independent living for individuals with Cerebral Palsy and formerly served as Treasurer. Gentry was a member of the Battle Creek Jaycees, volunteered at Stan Musial, Michigan Battle Cats, Battle Creek Yankees, Battle Creek Bombers and other sporting events. He was an avid Detroit Tiger and Red Wing fan. Gentry volunteered frequently at the Franklin Food Pantry and for many community events. He was always thinking of ways to improve Battle Creek and to help those in need. He helped establish The Battle Creek Growth Fund through the Community Foundation, to help fund non-public events and festivals in Downtown Battle Creek. He received the Enquirer & News George Award. Gentry will be remembered as a loving brother, uncle and special friend to many in the community.

Friends will be received 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 25th at First United Methodist Church, where a memorial service to celebrate Gentry's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020. (Masks will be required and social distancing will be maintained.) Inurnment will be held at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 or The Battle Creek Growth Fund through the Battle Creek Community Foundation, 32 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1, Battle Creek, MI 49017.

Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at

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