RACHEL CONSTANCE BYNUM BENTLEY, 88,



Oneonta, died May 20, 2014, at the residence. A 1943 graduate of Blount County High School, she trained at South Highland Infirmary and worked as a nurse for several years. Mrs. Bentley was a lifelong member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, serving as chairperson of the Council on Ministries and the Administrative Board, active with the United Methodist Women. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Camp Sumatanga, an early leader in the Walk to Emmaus program in North Alabama, a local Girl Scout leader, tutored adults learning to read, was a foster parent, and involved in many other civic, environmental, and social causes. She and husband L.D. Bentley enjoyed traveling in Europe and the United States after retirement. Husband of 65 years L.D. Bentley predeceased her, as did parents Jasper and Beulah Bynum, brothers Ralph Bynum, Bob Bynum, and sister Nan Davis.

Surviving are sons Danny (Margaret) Bentley, Bob Bentley, both of Oneonta; daughters Terri ( Tommy) Lowry, Oneonta, Debbi (Robert) Sparkman, Hartselle, Emily (Phillip Webber) Bentley, Leesville, S.C.; grandchildren Betsy ( Tommy) Darnall, Cindy (Keith Logan) Lowry, Luke (Aimee) Bentley, Mary Ellen (Matt) Stockton, T.J. (Kettia) Lowry, Benjamin (Kate) Bentley, Rachel ( Joshua) Allison, Paul Sparkman, Daniel Sparkman, Vann Bentley; eight great-grandchildren; nine nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. May 23 at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church with burial at Oak Hill Cemetary. The family suggests memorial donations to Lester Memorial UMC, Camp Sumatanga, or Alabama Arise. Lemley Funeral Home directed.