Dr. Daniel Lewis Gentry (46) of Heath, Texas, died unexpectedly on August 20, 2019. Dr. Gentry was born on October 10, 1972, in Dallas, Texas, to Bill and Betsy Gentry. He grew up in McLendon-Chisolm, Texas and graduated from Rockwall High School in 1991. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, from the University of North Texas in 1995. After college, Daniel married the love of his life, high school, and college sweetheart, Beverly Barton. Dr. Gentry earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, cum laude, from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in 1999. He then went on to further his education by completing a small animal medicine and surgical internship at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After moving back home to Rockwall, Daniel worked for Lake Ray Hubbard Emergency Pet Care, now the Veterinary Referral Center of East Dallas. In 2006, Dr. Gentry opened Timbercreek Animal Hospital in Rockwall, where he remained the owner and primary veterinarian until his death. In addition to all of his professional accomplishments, his greatest accomplishment and joy in life was being a husband to Beverly and a father to Allison (17) and Tyler (14). Dr. Gentry loved the outdoors and was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman. He enjoyed road trips with his family, coaching Tyler’s baseball teams, and watching his children’s sporting events. He loved his Texas Aggies, classic rock and roll music, and spending time with friends and family. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Gentry is survived by his beloved wife Beverly and children: Allison and Tyler of Rockwall, Texas; parents: Bill and Betsy Gentry of Rockwall; brother: Tommy Gentry and wife Donna of Rockwall; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Wesley and Betty Barton of Rockwall; sister-in-law: Becky Sinclair and husband Greg of Heath; sister-in-law Brenda Neuwirt and husband Craig of Heath; nephews and nieces: Dawn Krahl, Jacob and Whitney Gentry, Patrick and Kylie Sinclair, Kaitlyn, Lauren and Matthew Neuwirt; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; countless friends; a dedicated hospital staff, and loyal clients and pets under his care. He is also survived by his hunting dogs, Lucky and Duke.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Rockwall, M.L. Jones Chapel. A reception will follow immediately thereafter. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gentry Children’s College Fund at American National Bank of Texas, any Rockwall area branch.