John David Bentley

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MIDLAND - John David Bentley, 64 of Midland, died Sept. 12, 2014, in Katy. He was born to Margie and Jack Bentley on April 13, 1950. He spent his early years on a farm near Stanton until the family moved to Midland. Graduating from Midland High School in 1968, he met Ricka Holloway that summer. They fell deeply in love and wanted to get married. When her parents objected, theystole away to Mexico and were married there. That was nearly 45 years ago. After getting married, they joined Main Street Church of Christ where they were baptized together and began their lives. He had a tremendous work ethic - a passion he passed on to his children. In addition to working full time at the United States Post Office, he started a real estate leasing company in 1986, and built it up to become a thriving and successful business. He had a very personal attachment to his rental business, and always believed in a hands on approach to them, taking great care to ensure that any work that needed doing was done well. He recently retired from the post office after 29 years to work on his real estate business and spend more time with his family. As a landlord he worked with his renters when they fell on hard times. He understood what it was like to live with physical ailments, family emergencies, and plain old bad luck. His compassion may not have made the most business sense, but he never failed to give people the benefit of the doubt. He loved to play jokes and oftentimes spoke in a comical language all his own, translating words like popcorn into “mompeas”, and microwave into “crimowave”, and always with a particular fondness for all things involving turnips. Survivors include his wife, Ricka; and their three children, Tawnya Green and husband Tim, William Bentley and wife Melissa, and  imothy Bentley and his wife Shoshawna; eight grandchildren, Matthew Green, Victoria Green, Elizabeth Green, Sheridan Bentley, Graham Bentley, Reagan Bentley, Justin Bentley, and Maximus Bentley. Funeral services were Sept. 17 with Justin Wood officiating at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland. Interment followed at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. The family suggests memorials be donated to the American Diabetes Association , PO Box 1132, Fairfax, Virgina, 22038. Arrangements were under the directions of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
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