James R. Bentley


ARLINGTON, Texas - James R Bentley, 78, passed peacefully into His eternal rest on Tuesday (Aug. 21, 2012), in Arlington, Texas. With his only child at his side, James passed from secondary complications following an extended battle with Parkinson's Disease.

James was born on May 4, 1934, in Wellsville, to Ralph Bentley and Dorothy Bell. He was the youngest of three siblings and grew up in nearby Bolivar with a brother and sister, Robert and July.

In his early years, he developed interests in individual and team sports. Football was his favorite. He later grew up to be class athlete in his senior year of high school. He went on to be a graduate of Penn State University while also enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program.

Upon graduation from school, he went on active duty as a Captain with the Air Force and began his flight training in Lakeland, Fla., where he met his "wife-to-be" Georgia. James was married on Aug. 25, 1956, to Georgia Jones in Bolivar and enjoyed being both a loving and devoted husband to Georgia and a proud father of his only child, his son Russell.

He had varied interests in the outdoors from fishing, to hunting, to family camping and boating. He was strong-willed and ambitious, but tender-hearted and compassionate.

James is survived by his only child, Russell E. Bentley, 51, of Dallas, Texas and by many nieces and nephews in the New England area and many dear longtime friends and coworkers.

A memorial service to celebrate the life and times of James Bentley will be held May 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. tentatively at the Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar, through Schaffner Funeral Home. A reception following the service will be held at the L'Italia Restaurant in Wellsville. James final resting place will be Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar. Online condolences may be sent to the family at MooreFuneralhome.com. James was loved and respected during his lifetime and will be deeply missed by all those who were fortunate enough to know him and shared a part of his life with.