Gentry W. Pridgen


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Gentry Wayne Pridgen, age 38, died suddenly on Sunday evening. Born in Wayne County to Audrey and Wayne Pridgen, Gentry was a member of Dudley Christian Church and attended Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Elbert J. Pridgen, Jr, step son, Jesse Ferrell, and special uncle, Steven Robert Anttila.

A service to celebrate Gentry’s life will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 pm at Dudley Christian Church with Rev. Jeff Dail and Rev. Blane Smith officiating. Family members will greet friends on Thursday from 5:00 until 6:45 in the Family Life Center at Dudley Christian Church. They request that colorful, casual attire be worn.

In addition to his parents, Gentry is survived by his wife, Brenda Pridgen; his son, Brayden Chase Rayburn; step sons, Michael and Austin; step daughter, Kayla Ferrell; paternal grandmother, Mary Frances Pridgen; maternal grandparents, Woodard and Nell Burch; aunt, Gina Dunn; two nephews and his cousin that he thought of as a brother, Woody Patterson and family; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Celebrate Recovery, C/O Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 130 Ed Edmundson Road, Mount Olive, NC 28365.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Pridgen family and online condolences may be directed to