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Former Bears DB Curtis Gentry passes away

Former Bears defensive back Curtis Gentry (#46)
Former Bears defensive back Curtis Gentry (#46)

Former Bears defensive back Curtis Gentry passed away last Saturday in Durham, N.C., at the age of 85. 

Gentry played his entire three-year NFL career with the Bears from 1966-68, appearing in 38 games with 14 starts and registering six interceptions. His best season was in 1967 when he played in all 14 games with 13 starts and recorded four interceptions. 

Gentry attended Miami of Ohio, received a Bachelor of science degree in physical education from Maryland-Eastern Shore and a Master's degree in physical education from Northwestern. He retired as a physical education professor from Lake County Community College in Grayslake, Ill. 

Gentry served as head football coach at Alabama A&M (1976) and Lincoln (1980) and an assistant at Holy Cross (1972), Northwestern (1973-75) and North Carolina A&T (1977-79).

He also spent time in the army, was a former member of the Harlem Globetrotters and played minor league baseball in the Detroit Tigers organization. 

Funeral services with Live Stream will be held at noon Saturday at Beulah Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Jordan officiating followed by interment in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m.-noon. To view the Live Stream, visit the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home Facebook page at noon Saturday.