Whitesburg KY

Grader mishap kills man

Funeral services were held Monday for a Roxana man killed in a heavy-equipment accident in Perry County.

Gary “Red Fuzz” Gentry, 68, of Roxana, died May 14 at Leatherwood when he was run over by a road grader near the abandoned Blue Diamond Commissary.

Gentry, who was retired, was on an old mine road owned by his family off KY 699 when the incident occurred, Perry County Deputy Coroner Jeff Combs said. It was not an active mine, Combs said.

“He was coming off the hill when the engine quit, and he had the door open talking to his brother and it started to roll, and he jumped out into the side of the mountain,” Combs said.

He said Gentry had “nowhere to go” because of the dirt berm that had been pushed up on the side of the road, and was run over.

Combs said Gentry’s family told him his cardinal rule was always “don’t jump out” if a piece of equipment began to run away. He said because of Gentry’s age and weight, he believes Gentry could have had other health issues and panicked, causing him to jump. Autopsy results are expected later this week.

A son of the late Lee Gentry, Jr. and Shirley Ann Hogg Gentry, Gentry was born at Roxana. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Lee Gentry, and a daughter, Michelle Lynn Gentry.

He enjoyed working and spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife, Tina Sexton Gentry; three daughters, Angie Gentry and Alford of Roxana, Jessie Lewis and Anthony of Campbranch, and Candace Gentry of Roxana; two brothers, James Gentry and Margaret of Whitesburg, and Hobart Gentry and Tammy of Roxana; a sister, Linda Egbers and Joe of Covington; his mother-in-law, Jessie Watts and Johnny of Campbranch; three grandchildren, Makinley, Abbie and Critten; and a special nephew, Brandon Gentry.

Funeral services were held May 18 at the Hogg Cemetery in Roxana.

Everidge Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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