Mrs. Maxine Pierce Bentley, 76, of Johnson City, Tenn., died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at her residence following a brief illness. A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Dayton Bruce and Millie Mae Greene Pierce. Mrs. Bentley retired as a telephone operator. She was a member of Sinking Creek Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Buell Bentley; two brothers, Joseph Pierce and Robert Pierce; two sisters, Christine Cross and Adele Smith; and a nephew, Harvey Pierce.
Survivors include a son, John Bentley and wife Cathie, Elizabethton; a grandson, Gunnar Bentley, Johnson City; three granddaughters, Candice Bentley-Hillman, Elizabethton, Iris Bentley, Gray, and Hayley Bowers, Elizabethton; and four great-grandsons, Gage Hillman, Dylan Hillman, Benjamin Hillman and Noah Freeman. Three nieces and two nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mrs. Bentley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Reece Harris officiating. The Eulogy will be given by Gunnar Bentley. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30 until 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service, or at the residence at other times. Interment will follow the funeral service on Saturday at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family would like to express a special thank you to Mr. Dana Dykes and family and to Mrs. Bentleyâ€™s neighbors and friends for the love and support they have shown to her. Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com. Arrangements for the Bentley family have been entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.