John W. Dent, Jr. was born November 17, 1935, in Fort Valley, GA., to the late John Wesley Dent, Sr. and Perlissa Mullins.
John came to Ohio and enlisted in the United States Army in 1954. When his tour ended, he remained in Ohio, where he met and married Shirley Wells. To this union four children were born.
John's first full-time job was a cook at the VA Hospital in Brecksville, Ohio. He was employed there for approximately ten years. When he left the VA Hospital he began his lifetime career at the Ford Motor plant in Walton Hills, OH, retiring in 1997.
He enjoyed cooking and refurbishing old-school cars, especially those that were made in the 1950's. He was also an avid bowler, always on the go attending tournaments all over Ohio and Michigan.
John W. Dent, Jr. was preceded in death by his son, Lawrence "Skeet" Dent; mother and stepfather, Perlissa and William Ridley; ex-wife, Shirley Mae Dent; brother, John Wesley Dent, Jr.; sister, Maple Carter.
John is survived by his wife; Ruth Dent; daughters, Turleen Dent and Mary Dent; son, Anthony "Tony" Dent; sisters, Lela (Pastor Robert) Hollinger, Elizabeth Dent and Lizzie (George) Greene; four grandchildren, Darnell Kennerly, Alexander Dent, Ashley Dent and Shayla Johnson; seven great-grandchildren, Makayla Kennerly, Kameryn Kennerly, Darion Dent, Camille Johnson, Caleb Johnson, A'rayah Dent and Princeton Dent; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.