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Sally M. Bentley

 Sally. M. Bentley , 87, of Largo, FL passed away April 17, 2022

Sally was born in Sanford, Florida in 1934 and was the youngest of six daughters of Edgar Miller & Sallie (nee Williams).  She lived on the family’s celery farm until she was about six years old and then they  moved into town.  Sally’s beloved father passed away when she was nine years old and her mother went to work at JCPenny to support the family.  She attended Seminole County High School and graduated in 1952.   While in high school, Sally developed a love of sports and enjoyed playing tennis and basketball.  In order to earn some spending money and to help her mother, she started working in a dress shop and she later moved to a job with the telephone company in Sanford.

Sally’s sister, Kay Duncan, worked for Southern Bell telephone company in Clearwater and she told Sally there was a job opening if she was interested. Sally and her mother moved to Clearwater and she took the job. Another sister, Hazel Thomas, also lived in town and attended church services with her husband, Ernie, at First Assemblies of God in Clearwater. Sally and her mother found their new church home! While attending this church, Sally met the love of her life, Harold Lee “Jack” Bentley.

Jack and Sally were married on Valentine’s Day in 1959. Shortly after they married, Sally left the telephone company and went to work at Jack’s business, Pinellas Iron Works, as his office manager. In 1964, they adopted their first son, Gregory, and in 1966, Greg helped his parents pick out their second son, Douglas. The family enjoyed camping together and spent many happy times in their travel trailer with Sally even baking birthday cakes in the camper during these outings. Many different times the Bentleys also camped with Harriet and J.W. Ivey, Sally’s sister and brother-in-law, or with Virginia and Owen Fairchild, Jack’s sister and brother-in-law. The two things Sally loved the most were her Saviour and her family.

After Jack retired in the late 1970’s for health reasons, Sally took a housekeeping job with Largo Medical Center. During her 20+ years with the hospital, she worked her way up to a housekeeping supervisor position which was a role she held for many years. Sally also was an active member in her church and she spent many, many hours crocheting blankets and hats for charitable organizations helping infants, elderly and veterans. When she was asked to help with the church’s food pantry ministry, Sally jumped in with both feet. Even after the loss of her loving husband in 1998 and her retirement from the hospital in 2001, the pantry was still her passion. Sally coordinated the food pickup from local grocery stores, oversaw the health department inspections and managed the day-to-day operations of the pantry up until 2014. Sally had many other interests which included sewing, reading, sports, crocheting, camping, cooking, baking, gardening and her pets.

Sally is survived by her sister, Sarah Tryan of Thomasville, GA; her son, Gregory of Sarasota, FL and his wife, Kathy; her son Douglas of Gainesville, FL and his fiance’, Michelle Banfield; and grandchildren Zachary Bentley of Hollywood, FL; Tyler Bentley of Largo, FL; Brooke Bentley of Gainesville, FL; Nickolas Garner of Hinesville, GA and Matthew Garner of Sarasota, FL; and she leaves many loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, H.L. “Jack” Bentley; father, Edgar, mother, Sallie; sisters Annie Giles, Hazel Thomas, Lily Katherine “Kay” Duncan, Harriet Ivey and brothers-in-law Brunner Giles, Ernie Thomas, Louis Duncan, J.W. Ivey, Albert Tryan; sisters-in-law, Virginia Fairchild and her husband, Owen, and Marie Davison; and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Bentley and her son, Richard Reynolds, Jr. 

Saturday, April 30, 2022 @ Connect Church, Clearwater 1st Assembly of God , 1739 S. MLK Ave, Clearwater, FL
Public Visitation 10am
Funeral Service 11am
Memorial donations in Sally’s memory may be made to Liberty Worship Center, Largo.

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