Royal Az - Troy Gentry's Widow Reveals 'Gift of Life' Donation After the Singer's Tragic Accident

Published on Jan 10, 2019
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Royal Az - Troy Gentry's Widow Reveals 'Gift of Life' Donation After the Singer's Tragic Accident

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Royal Az - Troy Gentry's Widow Reveals 'Gift of Life' Donation After the Singer's Tragic Accident
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 On Wednesday night, an all-star lineup performed at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, raising money for the 9-month-old Troy Gentry Foundation at the invitation of Angie Gentry, the Montgomery Gentry member’s widow.  But what Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley and others at the sell-out concert probably didn’t know is that Angie Gentry’s efforts to keep her husband’s big-hearted spirit alive quietly began on the very day that she lost him, Sept. 8, 2017, in a New Jersey helicopter accident. Get push notifications with news, features and more. Follow Following You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications.  Even as she was trying to absorb the news, she publicly reveals for the first time, one thought came to her mind: Could something be done to help others? Could she donate her husband’s organs?  “If this is your time and God says, I’m taking you home today,” Gentry, 52, tells PEOPLE exclusively, “but other parts of you still work perfectly well that could help somebody else, why would you not donate them? You don’t throw something away that’s perfect. It was something I felt Troy would have said: Do it.”  Still in a state of shock where she was “just trying to breathe,” she reached out to New Jersey hospital officials from her Nashville-area home. Soon she learned that, although her husband’s organs weren’t viable for transplant because of his injuries, his bones, tissue and corneas were all worthy candidates. To complete the process, Angie Gentry composed herself and spent over an hour on the phone answering questions about the medical history of her husband of 18 years.     Eddie Montgomery Gives Surprise CMAs Tribute as Troy Gentry’s Widow and Daughter Tearfully Look On  “I don’t know why anybody wouldn’t want to make a donation because what’s it going to hurt?” says Gentry, whose sister is a kidney transplant recipient. “And it’s going to help somebody.”  Gentry brought this same sense of selflessness to the couple’s tight circle of friends last year as they talked about how to carry on the singer’s legacy. The conversation turned to the idea of a foundation.  “We had to do something because he was such a huge persona,” she recalls. “He just couldn’t go away like that.”  The group, made up mostly of friends outside the music industry, formed the nonprofit around three of Troy Gentry’s passions: cancer research, in recognition of Angie Gentry’s successful battle with breast cancer in 2015; military family assistance, a nod to Montgomery Gentry’s many concerts at military outposts; and music education to create new generations of artists.  After raising over $100,000 in a benefit golf tournament last year, Angie Gentry and the other foundation organizers set their sights higher with plans for the concert.  To recruit performers, Angie Gentry reached for her husband’s phone directory and started calling the numbers he’d filed away. First on her list was Blake Shelton, who rose throu


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