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
, or to the Collierville Animal Shelter.