Rev. William Earl Bentley Jr

March 27, 1928 - March 24, 2020
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Rev. William “Bill” Bentley Jr. passed away on March 24, 2020.

Pastor Bill is now with Jesus, at peace and dancing with the angels.
Most of his 91 years were spent serving our Lord through various
ministries, counseling and multiple other ways of giving.

A WWII Navy Veteran, Bill proudly served our country. He loved our
country and constantly prayed for our leaders to have wisdom and
guidance from God.

He is survived by his beloved wife of over 69 years, Esther M. Bentley,
Venice, FL; children, Sara B. (and Wendall J.) Harris, TX; Wm. Earl
(and Claire) Bentley, III, NJ; Rebecca (and Kent) Novak, FL; Joyce
Bentley Haller, PA; Grace B. (and Bill) Goble, NJ. Also surviving are
12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The First Baptist Church of Venice will hold a celebration of life
service at a future date.

* Romans 8:28, 38-39    * Philippians 4:5-6    * John 3:16

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Born: March 27, 1928
Died: March 24, 2020

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Michael and Frances Mott posted on 4/3/20

For I am convinced that neither death nor life neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future nor any powers neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the LOVE OF GOD that is in CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD. Romans 8:38-39 WELL DONE, good and faithful SERVANT. Matthew 25:21 Rev. Bill was one of our most precious blessings in our lives. God has blessed our lives in knowing Rev. Bill. His servant's heart has shined the light and love of our LORD Jesus. His uncompromising life was indeed well lived. An example to others and truly a man after God's own heart. When Pastor Bill married us, he did not just officiate a wedding, he PREACHED the GOSPEL to all who were there. Thank you Pastor Bill for always pointing people to the LORD Jesus! Thank you Pastor Bentley for "rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy 2:15) always ready to preach the word in all seasons (II Timothy 4:2).


Marilee Taylor posted on 4/2/20

My Dear Esther and sorry to hear about your loss...a lovely gentleman, and feel Blessed to have had him as a neighbor....and a Beloved member of our Voices of LaCasa...I like to think he is up there "Singing" with the Angels! My thoughts, prayers and love to all of you. Fondly, Marilee


Joyce posted on 4/1/20

In memory of Rev. William Earl Bentley Jr, Joyce lit a candle


Betsy Haller Tomasik posted on 4/1/20

May God Bless and keep your family. I hope that you find Bill’s love in all the good memories you have of him. He accomplished a lot in his life and as Saint Paul would say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) He is now in his eternal home and someday we will meet again. p.s. Thank you for the slippers Bill.


Joyce Bentley Haller posted on 4/1/20

I am thankful for so many wonderful memories and for the special friendship developed with my parents through the years. Dad, I will miss our Daily Walk” through the Bible but as I continue, I will share with you every day. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)