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Memorial services for Larry Gene Bentle, 67, long time resident of Hobbs, NM will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11:00 am at Life Fellowship Church. Larry was born on June 25, 1952 in Eunice, NM to James and Imogene (Milligan) Bentle and passed away after a long battle with illness on July 20, 2019 in Hobbs. He lived at Oil Center at the El Paso Plant while growing up and graduated from Eunice High School in 1972. He married the love of his life, JoElla Harris in 1974 and they have shared forty five years of life and love together. Larry was employed by Amerada Hess for twenty years while they raised their two boys and was a dedicated and hardworking man. One of his greatest joys was working on old cars. He was especially proud of his 1939 DeSoto that had a Hemi motor. He loved attending car shows and drag races with his wife and sons and was well known in the car community. . Larry also had found an old 1957 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the dump several years ago and he took it home and worked on it until it was restored to a beautiful, brand new looking motorcycle that was an absolutely beautiful color and was a labor of love for Larry. He was a multi-talented man with very versatile talents. He will be greatly missed.
Preceding him in death were his parents and baby sister.
Surviving him is his wife JoElla Bentle of the home; two sons: Patrick and wife Tina and Richard and wife Cindy both of Hobbs; two brothers: Joe Bob and wife Wilma Jean Bentle of Portales and and Billy and wife Teresa Bentle of Jal, NM.; six grandchildren: Mandie, Liberty, Alyssa, Jasmine, Tiffany and Joshua and one great-grandchild: Lilliana. Also serveral nieces, nephews and other extended family
Arrangements are under the direction of Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.kirbysmithrogers.com.