Sherri Gentry

Born in Nashville, TN on October 21, 1955

Departed on May 9, 2020 and resided in Mt. Juliet, TN

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It is with grief filled hearts, that the family of Sherri Lynn Gentry, announce her passing on May 9th 2020, at the age of 64, from a brain aneurysm.

She was born in Nashville, TN and was a graduate of John Overton High School, where she was a superb athlete. Her first major job was with the phone company. She then went on to work and, eventually retire from Nissan, in Smyrna, TN. While employed there she earned her Bachelors’ Degree in Business Management, and there, her hard work garnered her many promotions, with her working her last few years there in charge of their GREEN Recycling Program. She went on to author an online book, titled Mindful Manufacturing which is a combination of lean manufacturing and sustainable thinking, and was the president of a company by the same name, in which she did consulting.

She was and still is a bright and shining star. Whatever she set her mind to do, she excelled at. She had a heart for helping people and bringing them together. She also had a heart for animals, which is evidenced by her many dogs, cats, goats, chickens, turkeys, and anything she found that needed nursing back to health. She did good!

She was preceded in death, by her grandparents, Louis and Mildred Robeson, Lonnie and Pearl Gentry, and her father, Patrick Wells Gentry. She is survived by her mother Barbara Jean Gentry (Robeson), sisters, Terri Gentry and Cindy Hancock, (bro Mike Sutton), her loving partner Donald Chaffin, stepmother Linda Gentry, nephew Wesley Winslett, niece Shelby Johnson (Will), and her beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Due to Covid-19, her memorial/Celebration of Life service is TBD, with an announcement to be made by the family once it’s safe. At that time we will give her the honor she so deserves.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the Nashville Humane Society or friends of MACC animal shelter in Nashville TN in Sherri’s honor.

57 Comments to Sherri Gentry

  1. Susan Brennan
    May 13, 2020 5:50 pm

    I want to compliment whoever wrote this. The words so honor the life and work of Sherri, especially on her outsized influence at Nissan, Middle TN and me with the GREEN team. She loved the Earth and made it better. I am honored to have been her friend and will forever cherish the memories I have and miss her deeply.

  2. Linda ingram
    May 13, 2020 5:51 pm

    She was a beautiful person, inside and out. We lost a dear fried and heaven gained an awesome angel!

  3. Trish Brady
    May 13, 2020 6:06 pm

    Sherri was a shining star in my universe! We became close while working side by side at Nissan. She was a true lover of animals and I loved her heart of gold. She will be missed terribly and her memory will live on in all of us. Love you Sherri and miss you. To the family my thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God give you peace in this time of suffering. Love Trish

  4. Trish
    May 13, 2020 6:06 pm

    Sherri was a shining star in my universe! We became close while working side by side at Nissan. She was a true lover of animals and I loved her heart of gold. She will be missed terribly and her memory will live on in all of us. Love you Sherri and miss you. To the family my thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God give you peace in this time of suffering. Love Trish

  5. Ed Miller
    May 13, 2020 6:20 pm

    Great friend and boss.Learned a lot from her.

  6. Trey Hill
    May 13, 2020 6:30 pm

    I’m also very blessed to have had the opportunity to work closely with Sherri and to call her a great friend.
    She was always positive and saw the good in everybody and everything. That’s very hard to do in the business we worked in. We will all miss her deeply and cherish our memories with her.

  7. Chad Rowland
    May 13, 2020 6:31 pm

    She was such a good person and was a pleasure to work with. May God comfort her family as only he can and may we cherish the memories and influence she made on others.

  8. Pam Alcorn
    May 13, 2020 6:49 pm

    I have known this beautiful woman since the 1st grade. She is and was my best friend, for life. I am still shocked and heartbroken, that can never change. She will truly live on in my heart. This world has lost a true Angel on earth. I can say, and I know this for sure, when she passed, she was so happy. She loved all of her babies, each and every one with all of her heart. And her family, she would talk about them every single day, with so much love. Her smile always lit up the room. I love you, Sherri and I will miss you until we meet again….

    • Roberta Burke
      May 14, 2020 3:37 am

      Oh Dear God I knew Sherri from the late 70’s and 80’s and I Always Admired Her. Sherri was such a Wonderful woman to be around. My Heart Truly Hurts For All who know and Love Sherri This os such a TremendousLoss of such a Beautiful Soul. Gid Bless You Sherri Gentry ❤❤❤

  9. Steve Yaeger
    May 13, 2020 6:50 pm

    Sherri embodied what I love about Tennessee and why I loved working at Nissan. She was someone who could give a job 100% and still make things fun. I will never forget her wit, caring nature and sunny smile. God bless her and may she Rest In Peace.

  10. Linda Alcorn Hunnicutt
    May 13, 2020 7:19 pm

    Although I didn’t personally know Sherri I feel like I do through my sister, Pam Alcorn. Sherri was so compassionate and caring to others. She loved her animals dearly and shared them with her family and friends. My church down here in Venice, FL prayed for Sherri to recover and now pray for her family and friends to be comforted in knowing Sherri is in a much better place. God bless all of you at this very difficult time.

  11. Jan Payne
    May 13, 2020 7:29 pm

    I have known Sherri since 1979’ish… She was a wonderful person and will be missed! RIP my friend and we will meet again someday!

  12. Faye Robeson Delashmit
    May 13, 2020 7:46 pm

    Sherri was full of life and love for all her animals and friends. She was a star in our family. She organized family times and made everything fun. She was a wonderful daughter to her beautiful mother and a loving sister. She cared for all our family in special ways her entire life. We will forever miss her laugh, her smile and all the pictures she took. God blessed all who knew Sherri. May He give peace to those who need a healing touch.

  13. Robin Sentell ONeil
    May 13, 2020 7:47 pm

    To you Sherri my heart is overwhelmed with your departure Into heaven. God must have needed a lady that was full of love and grace. Your personality was always kind, sweet, caring and loving. Anybody that crossed your path walked away feeling like they had a best friend. You demonstrated that from the time we met in our first year of Junior High School until then and always. We were the great class of 1973 Go Bobcats! I was the one cheering you on in the bleachers as you played basketball for our School. You not only had a team spirit but a spirit that was contagious. Be the best that you can be is what you whispered in my ears. This world is a better place because you left a legacy behind for all others to follow if their heart choose to do so. My dear friend you will never be forgotten. There are pictures of you in the hallways of John Overton High School. Sadly you will be missed yet will live in my heart forever. I can hear you now Go BobCats! One day we will meet again and this time it will be forever. Until then my dear friend my prayers will be said for your Mom, Sisters and family l pray that they be comforted during their tragic loss. Love you forever and a day my dear friend. Robin Sentell O’Neil ( Class of 1973)

  14. Mark Ford
    May 13, 2020 7:57 pm

    I had the privilege of working with Sherri for many years . She was a great person, manager, and friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this very difficult time.

  15. Debbie and Jerry Short
    May 13, 2020 8:04 pm

    I ways enjoyed working with Sherri at Nissan. We adopted a dog from her, Susie was a blue healer. It is so sad we lost her so early in her life.

    O God
    You spoke and the sky appeared.
    You breathed and stars filled the sky.
    You made the oceans and the seas,
    and you filled all the earth with your love.
    Thank you, God, for this wonderful world and the time we spent with Sherri.

    RIP Sherri

  16. Gregg Arrington
    May 13, 2020 8:17 pm

    Worked with Sherri for many years at Nissan. I don’t think we ever had a cross work, even when things were not working in our favor. Will miss the lake trips on the boat. Love ya girl !

  17. Mary Jo Cherney
    May 13, 2020 8:19 pm

    Sherry was so devoted to our Green Plan at Nissan. She always had a smile and a kind word. I pray for comfort to her friends and family.

  18. Darlene Martin Christian
    May 13, 2020 8:36 pm

    Sherry and the family grew up just a few doors down. I am so sorry for your loss. Sherry was a very special person. I loved seeing her animals and posts. I also loved talking to her. She will be missed by many. She so loved her family and her dad. Now she and her dad are together. Peace be with you all.

  19. Dennis Rowland
    May 13, 2020 8:37 pm

    I enjoyed my years working with Sherri. I had great respect for her tenacity on achieving results. RIP my friend

  20. Lisa Swauger
    May 13, 2020 8:41 pm

    May God give peace to all her family and friends, and gentle the animals under her care.
    It is a beautiful day to be in Heaven.
    Rest easy Sherri….

  21. Jody Landrum
    May 13, 2020 8:42 pm

    Sheri always had a smile on her face. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have known her. Rest In Peace

  22. M. Bailey
    May 13, 2020 9:10 pm

    Condolences from the Overton Alumni Association. I can tell that she was a graduate who gave back so much to the community.

  23. Michael R Claiborne
    May 13, 2020 9:21 pm

    Sherry was a bright light at NIssan while we worked there. She was always cheerful. Never worked with her directly but talked to her countless times and I know everyone that did work with her enjoyed time with her. She will be and is missed.

  24. Mike Clemmer
    May 13, 2020 9:38 pm

    I was so shocked and saddened when I heard the news of Sherri’s passing. I was blessed and privileged to have known and worked with Sherri at NIssan. She was a true light in the workplace and someone who would lend her help and support on anything that needed to be done. Having led the Nissan Energy Team for many years dating back to before Sherri retired, we had a lot of similar interests and passions related to conserving our natural resources and preserving the Earth for generations to come. Sherri lived this out in so many ways. RIP Sherri and I pray God’s comfort on the family and loved ones left behind.

  25. Gena Pearce Miller
    May 13, 2020 10:05 pm

    I knew the Gentry family through Regent Haley park., where we spent many days and Friday nights in girls softball, which her Dad was one of the best coaches. Sherri was on the “Green” team and I was on the blue team. I’m so sorry her family is grieving, I am with you all in spirit….

    • Pam Alcorn
      May 14, 2020 3:18 pm

      So many great memories growing up. I was on the light blue team, and Sherri and I was just talking about these memories a few months back!

  26. David Barnes
    May 13, 2020 10:25 pm

    To Barbara… So very sorry to hear. I just spoke with my Dad and we will both will have you and you family in our thoughts and prayers… 🙏🏻

    David Barnes

  27. Richard Ferguson
    May 13, 2020 10:41 pm

    Sherry was truly a wonderful person and put her heart and soul into whatever project she was involved with. It was an honor to have worked with her, she will be a shining star in heaven and I know will be missed by her family.

  28. Debbie Potter Hicks Stewart
    May 13, 2020 11:36 pm

    Sherri was my cousin and my friend. She was always happy to help anyone having trouble.. She was a tremendous athlete. I know her mother and sisters will miss her terribly as well as friends and other family members.
    Hope that she finds a ball team worthy of her abilities!
    RIP Sherri please know how much you were loved and how much you will be missed.

  29. Suzanne Cook
    May 13, 2020 11:54 pm

    You will always be in my heart and know that I cherished our friendship. We went our separate ways but always kept in touch. You have made so many memories for us and for your family. It’s never easy to say good bye so I will say happy trails to you until we meet again. ❤️💋

  30. Lorrie Barrett
    May 14, 2020 12:39 am

    I’ve known Sherri since 1978 meeting her through Pam Alcorn. We played softball together on a team that almost won the Beverly Briley tournament in Nashville. It was the best team i ever played on. I have always admired and looked up to Sherri as she always did the right thing in any situation. I’m sorry that we lost touch many years ago when i moved 100 miles away from Nashville. It was so shocking to hear that she was called home to be with God so early in her life. She will always be a good memory to me of smiles and good deeds. I wish we could have reconnected before she was called home. We always think that there will be more time to do the things we put off and i am very sad that i didn’t get to tell her goodbye. My heart goes out for her close friends and family and may God hold you close as He has her in His arms now. We might not know or understand why God allows bad things to happen.. especially to really good people.. why they are taken before their time.. but God has a plan and we have to have faith in Him that He is all knowing and we will know the answers one day. One fine day He will give us the answers and we will see Sherri again..Sherri will be missed by soo many that loved her truly 💗

  31. Smitty
    May 14, 2020 5:33 am

    She was a good hearted lady and it was an honor for me to know her …..

  32. Stacey Byrd
    May 14, 2020 6:45 am

    RIP Sherri! May God comfort friends and family at this tragic time.

  33. Alan Carrithers
    May 14, 2020 7:38 am

    So sorry to hear of Sherri passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

  34. Peggy w johnson
    May 14, 2020 7:54 am

    I did not have the pleasure of knowing sherry however her cousin mary Helen Alexander is my first cousin and my last visit with her included her talking about such a pleasurable visit with you family. RIP. (Small world. I live on weakley)

  35. Michael Hall
    May 14, 2020 8:21 am

    So sorry to hear about Sherri passing.She was a wonderful person and great mentor. She will truly be missed.

  36. Carolyn Benick Brown
    May 14, 2020 9:04 am

    I met Sherri in 1980 we became quick friends. She was not only a great friend to me and so many others she also had a big beautiful heart and soul. We shared the love for animals and animal rescue and she was always ready to help me when it came to anything I needed or if I just needed someone to talk to. She also was extremely helpful to my husband Matthew, when he started working at Nissan just over 8 years ago. I loved her and I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and the many friends who loved her. May her memory forever be a blessing.

  37. Michael Smith
    May 14, 2020 11:46 am

    Sherri was a brilliant person who cared about people and family. Years ago she gave me some good advice I’ll always be grateful for that. May God be with you Sherri on your journey home.

  38. Jake Flaker
    May 14, 2020 12:04 pm

    She was a very good friend. She gave me a black lab puppy in October 2005 She died just before her 13th birthday in 2018. She is still missed. Even after I retired I thought of Sherri. Pepper traveler all over the country with me and was laying on the bed just before my mother died. Mom loved her also.

  39. Mike Head
    May 14, 2020 12:17 pm

    Such a sad loss. Sherri was always wonderful to work with, kept that smile going and looked for win-win in every situation. Hugs to her survivors … everything that’s been said above shows the impact she had on all of us at Nissan. Gone too soon.

    May 14, 2020 5:06 pm

    I was on Sherri’s “green” softball team in Crieve Hall, and had Mr. Gentry as coach for several years. I was also privileged to be chosen to play on several league all-star teams that traveled to other towns for tournaments. Sherri was always one of the best of the best! I remember one game we played: It was my time at bat, and I struck out on three pitches (the ball was coming so fast, it was behind me by the time I got my bat around!). Next up: Sherri. Of course, she hit it into the outfield. She was a great athlete, and those were great times.

  41. Spike Imai
    May 15, 2020 12:08 am

    Sherri san
    I never forget your great and pretty smile and kindness. I miss you

  42. Michael Schnabel
    May 15, 2020 7:24 am

    Hearing about Sherri’s passing was a shock and saddening moment for me. Working with her for many years was more than joyful but inspirational. She was always full of energy and only ever asked for you to do your best at what you did, and when you were not sure she was quick to become a mentor to guide and teach. I pray for her soul’s repose in heaven, she will be missed greatly, but while with us made all our lives better.

  43. Ginny Tacker
    May 15, 2020 11:04 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Sherri’s passing. The comments written about her are such a wonderful tribute to her life!

    I remember Sherri as a classmate and teammate at Overton High School and summer days playing softball with her at Regent Field with the CHYAA. She was an exceptional athlete and a great competitor.

    My deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and loved ones with deep appreciation of a life well-lived.

  44. Mitchell Herring
    May 15, 2020 2:03 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Sherri passing. She always brought a smile to my face when she was here. She will truly be missed by many but I’m sure that PAT and her have a couple of chairs sitting in the driveway of heaven over seeing us. R.I.P my friend😔

  45. Beth Wilson
    May 15, 2020 9:09 pm

    I hated hearing about Sherri’s untimely passing. We had so much fun in our younger years. She was a true friend and fellow animal lover. My heart goes out to her mother and sisters. She was a light in this world and will be sorely missed. A life well lived.

  46. James Ladas
    May 16, 2020 12:25 pm

    So sorry to hear of Sherries passing. Worked with Sherrie at Nissan for many years
    My thoughts and prayers for Sherries family during this sad time.

  47. Gail Hindman
    May 16, 2020 8:28 pm

    My heart is hurting about this news. Sherri and I went to school from first grade into high school. We played softball together from age 10 on. They were the best of times. She was always a tough true athlete and friend. Memories are flooding from those days. Love you Sherri. You will be missed greatly missed.

  48. Ryoji(Roy) Kurosawa
    May 17, 2020 5:23 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Sherri’s passing. When I worked in Smyrna, she was always very trustful, kind, and nice lady with smile. Rest in peace. Roy Kurosawa

  49. Martha Drayton
    May 17, 2020 10:27 pm

    I just learned of Sherri’s passing. Sadness and shock hit me when I heard this news. Such a vibrant and caring person who left this world too soon. Thoughts and prayers are sent to her Mother, family and friends. The world is a little less bright without this beautiful soul.

  50. Robert and Yvette Prescott
    May 21, 2020 11:06 pm

    Being your first cousin it saddens my heart that we did not get to know you so much sooner in life.Once Rob and I spent time with you we could see what a shining bright light you.were.My memories of you were at my home on Thanksgiving with my uncle, your father .You were always laughing as well as your Dad.Your time here left nothing but good memories for us..May you soar with angels and give your pop a kiss from me .Rest in peace…xo

  51. Gary Gentry
    May 22, 2020 10:04 am

    Sherri you were the most loving and kindest person I have ever known. Rest in Heaven with your Dad. Love ❤️

  52. Mary Evelyn Johnson
    May 22, 2020 1:58 pm

    A life well lived. A beautiful being. God picked our flower Way too soon. Maybe he needed her in his presence for advice. She was a leader . Comfort to her family as they travel this path of life without her earthly being. Love to all

  53. Kelle Milliken
    May 25, 2020 12:07 pm

    Met Sherri back in the 80s thru mutual.frienda. beautiful heart, huge smile. Great lady. Condolences to the family

  54. D. Ygama
    May 26, 2020 11:28 am

    So many beautiful memories of you. You were born a leader. There was absolutely nothing that you couldn’t achieve. Thank you for all the years of love and friendship. I will hold you in my heart forever more. I miss you everyday. You were a kind and magnificent person loved by many. Blessings, prayers and love to your family. ❤️🙏

  55. Steve Duncan
    July 21, 2020 12:15 pm

    Very sorry to hear about her passing, just found out yesterday she was a great lady.

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