Betty Geraldine ìJerryî Gentry Adcox of Laurel Park, NC, was called home to be with the Lord June 10, 2009 from the Elizabeth House. She followed only 22 short days behind the love of her life, her husband Frank Donald Adcox. They were married for over 70 years.
She was born in State Road, Surry County, NC, the youngest daughter of Thomas A. and Bettie Gentry. She came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at age 13 and was baptized in a creek as was the custom in her community.
Mrs. Adcox was of the Baptist faith and active in it for about fifty years. She was on the building committee of the present First Baptist Church sanctuary and a charter member and choir member of Main Street Baptist Church that began as a mission of First Baptist Church.
For her last thirty years, she was a part of a House Meeting with an emphasis on Bible study, worship, prayer and missionary support.
Along with her husband, Mrs. Adcox participated in the leadership of Lay Witness Meetings in churches in much of the Eastern United States, England and several European countries, plus mission work in Haiti.
She played a significant role in the founding of the coupleís two companies, especially in the area of excellent fashion instinct and fabric selection.
For many years Mrs. Adcox maintained an extensive individual prayer ministry in her home that included her family and those with whom she worshiped on a regular basis, dear friends in this and other countries, and those prayer requests that came to her through a variety of sources.
Mrs. Adcox was an excellent homemaker who took pride in providing a comfortable, loving home. She was an exceptional cook. She loved music, flowers and bird watching. Her many feathered friends will miss her greatly.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her first grandson, Dana Phillip Congdon, and by her siblings, Harvey and McCree Gentry, Stella Messick, Ethel Harpe and Bertha Ray.
Mrs. Adcox is survived by her daughter, Julia and husband, Dana Congdon, of New York City, and their children, grandson Eric and wife, Marian, of Hendersonville, and their children, her great-granddaughters, Lydia, Emily, and Sara, and great-grandson, Eric; and grandson Mark and wife, Suzanne, of London, England and their children, her great-grandson, August and great-granddaughter, Sydney; and by her son Tom and wife Linda Bell Adcox and their daughter, Stephanie Elizabeth, of Laurel Park.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care for the excellent care and compassion shown to Mrs. Adcox. thank you to all who assisted us during this time and for the prayers.
A memorial service honoring Mrs. Adcox will be held at 4 PM Sunday, June 14, 2009 at The Orchard at Broadmoor, 101 French Broad Lane, Fletcher, NC 28732. Burial will be private.
Flowers are accepted and/or donations in her memory can be made to Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731; Eliada Childrenís Home, 2 Compton Drive, Asheville, NC 28816; or to St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital, 262 N. Danny Thomas Blvd., Memphis, TN 38105.