Edwin Lee Bentley

Born: Fri., Oct. 31, 1941
Died: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 17, 2017
Location: Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Nov. 18, 2017
Location: Salem Baptist Church

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Mr. Edwin L. Bentley, 76 of Amity Woodlawn Rd. entered into rest Wednesday, November 15, 2017 near his childhood home in the Woodlawn community of Lincoln County.

Mr. Bentley son of the  late Harold L. and Dorothy Bentley was born in Washington on October 31, 1941.  At an early age, his parents taught him among other things, honesty, hard work and determination and he helped his father and grandfather in the corn fields, hay fields and garden.  In addition to the chores on the farm, he got a job at the Western Auto when he was in the 8th grade, then at Central Supermarket and graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1959. Afterwards, he went to work at McCormick Mill and was training as a supervisor when he received his draft notice in 1964. He served in the US Army in Korea in the DMZ until 1967.

When he returned home, he operated a logging company from 1969 until early 1982. Later that year, he went to work as a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy.  In 1984, he was elected to the office of Sheriff of Lincoln County and served until 2004. Since retirement, he has operated Bentley Equipment and he enjoyed his bottle and toy collection. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church, the Georgia Sheriff’s Association and the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Lee Bentley.

Survivors include his wife, Dory Bentley; step- sons, Albert Joseph Grabb, Jr., Jonathan Grabb, Jesse Grabb, and Joshua Grabb; step-daughters, Brandy Knight, Dia Winfrey, Krystal Arrington; Brothers, Gary Bentley, and Lewis Bentley; sister, Martha B. Aycock; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Bentley, Cole Bentley, Mackenzie Arrington, Brandon Bowling, Makalynn Bowling and Zachary Grabb.








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Carol Swift
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
My deepest sympathy to Edwin's family, both immediate and extended. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

David and Judy Tyler
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
Our Prayers for the Family and Friends

Jim Story
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
We were saddened to learn of Edwin's passing. Memories of our distant cousin go back to the 1950's when we were teenagers. We pray for comfort and the peace of our Lord for the family and other loved ones. Edwin now rests in the Strong Arms of our Savior.

Herbert & Marcene Powell
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
Our heartfelt sympathy to the Bentley family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Jack Darrell and Marian Fortson Sheriff (Ret.) Madison County.
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of the Bentley family during your loss and sorrow.
Rest In Peace my brother Sheriff.

Jack Darrell and Marian Fortson
Sheriff (Ret.)
Madison County

Walker T. Norman
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
It is with regret that I learned of the passing of Sheriff Bentley, he served Lincon County with dignity and respect and treated his fellow man has he would have wanted to be treated. He will be missed by his family and many friends and I am forever greatful to have called him my friend. Carol joins me in expressing our symapthy to all of his family our prayers will continue to be with you during this time.

The Williford Family
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
Our prayers are with Edwin's family and friends. He was a very special man and we have many fond memories of him. Love to you all.

Linda Anthony
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
Lifting up prayers for peace and comfort!
Linda & Gene Anthony

Cindy and Charles Chastain
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
So sorry to hear of Edwin's passing . Sending prayers and love to the family .

Waylon & Cathy Mayes
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
So sorry for your loss.. praying for your family

Jean Hanvey & Family
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
Dory & family,
So sorry to hear about Edwin. He was a fine man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care.

tommy gantt
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
it was my pleasure to have met and known Edwin looked forward to talking with him each time we met may god be with him and his family

Bobby Brown
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
Many caring thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow.
Sandra and Bobby Brown
Hartwell, Georgia

John & Miriam Story Hawkins, Betty Jean Story Bradley & Bill Bradley
   Posted Sat November 18, 2017
So sorry to hear of the passing of our cousin, Edwin. We will keep the family in our thoughts & prayers.

The McDeavitt Family
   Posted Sat November 18, 2017
Prayers for your family. God blessed us with the presence of a kind man with a big heart. Every time we saw each other he always had a smile and positive words. We will miss him greatly as will so many others whose lives he touched.

Marion and Hilda Cliatt
   Posted Sun November 19, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss.

Anne Ritchie
   Posted Mon November 20, 2017
My heart just broke today when I learned of Sheriff Bentley's passing. He was one of the few men that I have always liked and respected. Even after he was no longer our sheriff, I have always called him Sheriff Bentley out of respect. He never met a stranger, and was always willing to lend a helping hand in any way he could. I will miss running in to Dory and him at Walmart or out about town. We need more men in this world like Sheriff Bentley. I know he will be missed by so many, and I am one of them. I pray for comfort and strength for Dory and the family.

Stan Evans
   Posted Mon November 20, 2017
Sorry to hear of Sheriff Bentley's passing. First met Sheriff Bentley in Sheriff's training back in 1984 where I got to know the man and grew to respect him. Saw him a few times over the years, still the same man. Good solid reputation amongst the law enforcement community. Could use a few more like Sheriff Bentley these days. Sympathy to the Bentley family.

Stan Evans
Jackson County Sheriff (Retired)

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