Amy Rentz Avery, 42, of Piedmont, South Carolina, died, January 11, 2014. Ms. Avery was born August 16, 1971 in Pullman, Washington. A native of Baxley, she was the daughter of Curtis David Rentz and late Joyce Elaine Fievez Rentz. She lived in Piedmont, South Carolina the last couple of years, where she was a member of the Powdersville First Baptist Church.
Amy graduated from Brewton-Parker College and earned her Masters of Education with honors at Southern Georgia University. She taught Special Education in the Georgia schools for over a decade. She was very active in her community working with youth and mission ministries of the Southern Baptist denomination. Amy and her mother also mentored many students who were learning English as a second language helping them to adapt to American culture. As a talented singer, she enjoyed participating in the music ministry of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and the Baxley Church of God.
Survivors include her daughter, Grace Elaine Avery of Piedmont, South Carolina; former husband, Gene Avery of Temple; father, David Rentz of Baxley; sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Paul Fuller of Salem, Oregon; two brothers and sister-in-law, Barry and Denise Rentz and Andy Rentz, all of Baxley; nieces and nephews, Felicia, Jared and Tonya, Eric and Luke Fuller and Sam and Cydney Rentz.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Donna Vollrath and family as well as the First Baptist Church of Powdersville for their loving care and support of Amy during the past two years.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. The Rev. Brad Atkins, the Rev. Darrell Quinn and the Rev. Lamar Lee officiated with Donna Vollrath delivering the eulogy. She lay in state one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Doy Carter, Mike Spivey, Gene Butler, John Greco, Ryan Fievez and Felix Rentz.
Honorary pallbearers were Donna Vollrath and family, Sheila White and family, Rachel Stancil Greco, Roger and Tootsie Garner, Anna Garner, Sarah Crosby and family, John and Asa Garner and family, Jane and David Coleman and family, Sabrina Woodruff and family, Debra Brantley, Jennifer and Matt Coleman, Vanessa Butler, Autumn and Gabriel, Victoria and Bobby, Gene Avery and his entire family, Sandra and Mike Spivey, Lauren and Nikki and family, Erin and Admin Thomas, Tiffany and Jeff Switzer, Heather and Buck Thompson, Kristen Quinn, Dr. Lynn Overstreet, Jane Causey, Rochelle, Bates Taylor, Scott Taylor, Robin Taylor, Cathy Williams, Dawn Melton, Delois Jones, Debbie Farris, Dawn and Roger Branch, Billy and Lisa Mitchell, Barry Pifer, Ben and Amy Turner, Lamar and Kim Lee, Broni and Chris Rentz, Brad and Hayley Atkins and family, Fran Rentz Coursey and family, Dan and Cynthia Van Brocklin, Juanita Arnold and Dr. Wade Bryant.
Visitation was held Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be given to the Children’s and Outreach Ministries of Powdersville First Baptist Church, 4212 Highway 153, Easley, S.C. 29642.