On Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 Wakefield Bentley departed this earth and
took his heavenly journey toward home.
Wakefield was born November 11, 1932. He grew up in Alexander county and
graduated from Taylorsville high school. In 1953 he joined the United
States Army where he proudly served as a Sergeant to the S Company 53rd
infantry 101st airborne division who served at Mt. Fuji Yama Japan Army
base he received the following metals Army good conduct, national defense
and the Korean War metal and many more through his acts of duty.
After his military service he began his 43 year career with Southern Bell,
later becoming AT&T at his retirement. Wakefield started Hallmark Electric
after receiving the NC State Board of electrical contractor license, then
later obtaining his unlimited electrical license and held him until his
In 1959 he married his brown eyed beauty Hilda whom he faithfully adored
for more than 63 years. Together they raised their five children.
Wakefield was a charter member of Forest Park Presbyterian Church where he
served as a faithful member serving in many capacities. He also helped
start the scout program establishing troop 171 where many young men aspired
to earn their Eagle Scout under his leadership.
Wakefield was always happiest when his loved ones were close by.
Wakefield is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Edith Bentley,
daughter Dana Bentley, brothers Bill Bentley (Carolyn), Tommy Bentley
(Marie), brother-in-law Haskell Sells and daughter-in-law Kim Taylor
Left to cherish his memories are his wife Hilda Sells Bentley, Chuck
Gallyon (Tracey), Dean Bentley (Lynn), Beth Bentley Davidson (Michael) and
Blue Bentley (Wendy).
Grandchildren, Chad Gallyon, Matthew Gallyon (Jodi), Logan Hartness, Tanner
Bentley, Taylor Gallyon, Faith Bentley, Tate Bentley, Anna Blue Bentley,
Brenna Rae Bentley.
Great grandchildren Chase, Haven, Evan, Addison and Bella.
One sister Mary Freimais (Andris) one sister-in-law Jo Sells along with
numerous nieces and nephews.
We would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude towards all of the families,
friends and communities that prayed, supported and uplifted our family. A
special thanks to Gordon’s Hospice House will never be enough for the care
of our father during his stay there.
With the current restrictions on large gatherings, we want to be respectful
of our families and yours, we will postpone the celebration of life to a
May you all be blessed with the inheritance of Wakefield’s life.
In lieu of flowers, any memorials can be made to Forest Park Presbyterian
Church, along with Gordon’s Hospice House. Online condolences may be made
to the family at www.troutmanfuneralhome.com
Troutman funeral home will be serving the Bentley family during this time.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Wakefield Bentley, please visit our floral store.
Forest Park Presbyterian
1026 Davie Ave., Statesville NC 28677
Gordon Hospice House
2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville NC 28625