Darrell L. Gentry, 80, of Durant, Okla., died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at his residence.  

He was born April 24, 1929 in Altus to the late Verstil James Melvin and Doris (ONeal) Gentry. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Billy Gentry, and a sister, Reba Kennedy. Darrell grew up in Mead and was a graduate there. He was a professor with the University of Central Arkansas for 27 years, where he taught statistics and research methods to graduate students. In 2000, he moved to Arlington, Texas, and on Feb. 24, 2002, he married Eula May Epperson. A year ago, they moved to Durant so he could be close to the lake because he absolutely loved fishing. Darrell was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a mason, and was of the Southern Baptist faith. Besides his passion for fishing, he also enjoyed traveling and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Eula Gentry of Durant, and a brother, Rex Gentry and his wife, Ina of Arlington.

Graveside service and burial will be in Plumerville Cemetery, Plumerville, at 2 p.m. Thursday under the direction of Lemley Funeral Service of Atkins.