Half of the hit country duo, Montgomery Gentry — Troy Gentry — passed away last week in a tragic helicopter accident. Some of his award-winning songs, like “Lucky Man” and “Something to be Proud Of,” appeared to have been true to his real life.
As a regular attender of Brentwood Christian Church and devoted family man, Gentry is now being remembered as a man of character and faith. His recently released official obituary reveals Gentry was very generous, donating to causes like the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the T.J. Martell Foundation. He was even honored with the Academy of Country Music’s Humanitarian Award in 2009.
His wife, Angie, battled breast cancers, which inspired him to advocate for that cause, as well as being involved in supporting military support with the USO. As a dedicated husband and father to two girls, his loss is being felt by so many — including his beloved fans in the country music world.
Gentry’s obituary says one of his favorite verses was Deuteronomy 31:6, which says: “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Having been a member of Montgomery Gentry for close to two decades, he produced and recorded five number one singles and a long string of other hits on country radio. Gentry was known for his love of performing and fun-loving attitude on stage with his long-standing music partner, Eddie Montgomery.
It’s clear that Gentry’s love of music and people were well spent on a life cut far too short. We hope his family can take comfort in the words of his favorite verse and continue to live out the legacy he began with his heart of faithful kindness.