COLBERT - Ira Howard Kent, 75, passed away, Friday, June 6, 2014, following an extended illness.
He was of the Baptist denomination and was retired from Pepsi Cola after 43 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Ruby Cook Kent; four brothers, Leon, Olan, Randall and Donald Kent; and a sister, Bernice Kent.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Helen Arlene Kent; a son, Barry Bruce; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Janet Bruce, Tami and Rick Autry, Dana and David Presley, Cindy and Michael Tittle, and Deon Kent; two sisters, Linda Thompson and Shirley Simon; nine grandchildren, Bryan, Brad, Kayla, Kellyn, Matthew, Taylor, Titus, Cammie and McKinley; and six great-grandchildren, Kameron, Caden, Mason, Scott, Cambree, and Brewer.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 8, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Dr. Billy Owensby and the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating. Interment was in Colbert Cemetery. Pallbearers were Zachary Saxon, Paul Poss, Ed Culbertson, Jason Arrendale, Dale Abercrombie, and Russell Stafford.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Athens Pulmonary, Pruitt Health Athens Heritage, and Gentiva Hospice.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.