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Amos Franklin "Frank" Bentley, 81, passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 after a year-long battle with cancer. Born in Childersburg, Alabama in 1935, he resided in Sylacauga, Alabama, before he and his family relocated to Doswell, Virginia in 1979.

He was preceded in death by his parents James Earl and Emma Bentley, first wife Ann Smitherman Bentley and youngest son Mark F. Bentley (Faith). Survivors include his devoted wife Sondra Hynson Bentley, brother James Lavon Bentley (Mary), sons James Alan Bentley (Meg) and David M. Bentley.

Additional surviving family members, sisters-in-law Sylvia (Cecil) Gannon, Sharon Baxter, stepsons Rich Hynson (Sandra), Kyle Hynson (Angie), Devan Hynson (Tammy), step-daughter Lauren Hynson Bradbury (Jeb), grandchildren Davis, Joseph, Hope and Kristen Bentley, step-grandchildren Ashley Schaefer (Todd), Danielle, Levin, Ashlynn, Tristan, Brennan, Allison, and Emily Hynson, Rhys and Rhett Bradbury, one great-granddaughter Jane Faith Bentley along with many nieces and nephews.

Frank was a life-long member of the papermaking industry beginning his career with Kimberly Clark Corporation in Childersburg, Alabama, before joining Bear Island Paper Company
in Doswell, Virginia, where he remained until his retirement. He was a long-time member of the Ashland Kiwanis Club and volunteer to the Ashland Christian Emergency Services (A.C.E.S.), where he considered members of both organizations his extended family.

His passion was classic country music; he enjoyed visiting Branson, Missouri, and other venues to see live events and had a list of favorite country music TV programs he looked forward to viewing on a regular basis.

It was Frank's desire to donate his remains to the Virginia Anatomical Society. A gathering to remember Frank will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, 17205 Mountain Road, Montpelier, VA 23192. The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and staff members of Bon Secours St. Marys, Bon Secours Memorial Regional, Bon Secours St. Francis and Johnston-Willis hospitals for the wonderful care they provided Frank and the family during his illness.

Donations in memory of Frank can be made to the Ashland Kiwanis Club, Ashland Christian Emergency Services (A.C.E.S.) or a by anyone who may like to do so.

Published in Herald-Progress on Jan. 19, 2017