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Honoring a long-time Carterville alderman

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- The Carterville community remembers a long-time city alderman. Thomas Gentry passed away this weekend and his fellow city leaders are holding onto his legacy. 

For more than three decades, Thomas Gentry, served on Carterville's city council as an alderman. In that time, city leaders serving along side him, knew Gentry as a passionate advocate for the community and someone who genuinely wanted to help solve problems. 

"I would hear from him monthly, almost every month someone approached him, they have this problem and we would work together to fix it," said Robinson. 

Carterville Mayor, Brad Robinson, says Gentry was a life long resident of the community and will be missed by many because of his deep roots to families all around town. 

"There were many people that felt he was more approachable. They felt more comfortable bringing an issue to Tom than the rest of us," said Robinson. 

Phyllis Emery served alongside Gentry on both the council and different committees. She says he played a major role in keeping the city's parks, roads and sidewalks in good shape and should be remembered for his efforts. 

"He loved the city of Carterville. He loved the people in the city of Carterville and I believe that he would want his work to go on," said Emery. 

The Carterville City Flag is being flown at half staff, all around the community in honor of Gentry's 32 year of dedicated service. Robinson says his savviness with money will also be a missed talent on the council. 

"He was a fiscal conservative and if money was going to be spent, he wanted to know why, and it needed to be justified. Which is a good voice to have on the council," said Robinson. 

Tom Gentry's funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. at Riggin-Pillatsch and Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Carterville City Flags will be at half-staff until his service is over.

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