Quilt guild honors veteran at annual show

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The Country Patchwork Quilt Guild presented Robert Earl Gentry with the Quilt of Valor during the guild’s annual quilt show Sunday, Oct. 1. Gentry entered the Army Air Corp in 1942 and served in World War II in the Philippines, New Guinea and Australia, obtaining the rank of Corporal upon his release in 1945. The quilt was presented in part by the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
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The Country Patchwork Quilt Guild held its 30th annual quilt show with the theme "Coming Home," Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Martin Community Center in Marshall.

During the show, there were various quilts on display as well as a gift bazaar, which included books, patterns and other items available for purchase. There was also a silent auction, where the money raised went toward community charitable efforts.

Marty Webster, who co-chaired the event, said the money raised goes toward the purchase of fabric for the guild's charitable endeavors, which entail of charity quilts that have been given to cancer patients, families who have lost someone or some possessions in a fire or other disasters, to Habitat for Humanity families and to the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Pam Romine wins the large quilt category during the 30th annual Country Patchwork Quilt Guild quilt show Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Martin Community Center in Marshall.
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According to a statement, Catherine Roberts, founder of Quilts of Valor, said this was a way to say thank you to the veteran. Each quilt is made with quality fabric and personally handed to the veteran. To learn more, visit www.qovf.org.

This year's recipient went to Robert Earl Gentry, who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Gentry was born in Carrollton and graduated in 1939 from Carrollton High School, according to the statement. He entered the service in 1942 and served in the Philippines, New Guinea and Australia during his time in the Army. Gentry was an airplane mechanic and transportation specialist, having installed some of the first radar systems on the airplanes used during the war.

Bryan Berlin stands proud as he wins the crazy quilt category during the two-day annual quilt show by the Country Patchwork Quilt Guild. Not pictured is Barbara Berlin.
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Gentry received several military awards for his service including the Army Good Conduct Ribbon with two knots, the American Campaign ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon with two bronze starts, the World War II Victory ribbon and the Philippine Liberation ribbon with one bronze star, and achieved the rank of corporal by his release in 1945.

Webster and Co-Chairman Kathryn Jones said it takes about a year to put the quilt show together.

"We have to have the 2018 quilt finished, photographed and ready to go before the first of January," Jones said.

Quilt Guild members participated in several contests during the two-day show. Winners this year were Pam Romine, large quilt; Georgann DeMoss, small quilt; Bryan and Barbara Berlin, crazy quilt and Carol Pemberton, wall-hanging quilt.

In the Challenge Quilt category, Norma Jeane Ferguson received first; Marty Webster took second place and Marlyn Martin was third.

Linda Crews won the Opportunity Quilt in the raffle.


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