Louise Gentile

Louise Davis Gentile, 95, of St. Simons Island, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home on St. Simons Island. A graveside funeral service, as per Mrs. Gentile’s wishes, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Christ Church Cemetery with Mother Becky Rowell officiating.

She was born May 21, 1922 in Offerman, Ga., to the late Doss Davis and Azzlee Davis Roberson. After graduation from high school, she became an educator teaching in Offerman Schools for two years. She then moved to Brunswick for work, and met her former husband, the late Bennie Gentile. Together they built and opened Bennie’s Red Barn in 1954. In later years, she kept children and was known as “Granny Lou” to many children and adults. Mrs. Gentile was a member of Christ Church Frederica since 1957, a charter member of St. Simons Cotillion, a former Boy Scout Troop Leader, and charter member of the Frederic Cousins Guild. She had been a resident of St. Simons Island for 76 years.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Donya M. Strickland; daughter-in-law, Denise Gentile; and two brothers, E.Y. Roberson and Harvey Lee Davis.

Survivors include her children, Don B. Gentile of St. Simons Island and Diana M. Gentile of Etowah, Tenn.; two granddaughters, Jennifer P. Gentile and Alice G. Paolini (Chris); two grandsons, Mat Vinyard and Ben Vinyard; great-granddaughter, Gray Paolini; and two great-grandsons, Benjamin Doss Lee and Ronald E. Lee III (Tripp); and her longtime companion, Riley Tyre of St. Simons Island.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Farm at Oatland North, 70 Cannons Point, St. Simons Island, GA 31522, a charity organization that provides sanctuary for rescued farm animals.

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, www.edomillerandsons.com, is in charge of the arrangements.

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