CMSGT Billy Gene Rentz, USAF (Retired), 89, of Quitman, died Thursday, September 1, 2022 at his home after a period of declining health. He was born on August 5, 1933 in Adel, Georgia to Macon Eak and Della Mae Dove Rentz. Billy was loyal and generous to his family, friends and neighbors. Intelligent and a perfectionist, almost mistakenly, he was very precise and some would describe him as being “stubborn” at times. He had a strong work ethic forged in a time when children worked regularly to help support the family. He was plowing fields behind a mule when he was 12 and worked throughout his school years.
Billy enlisted in the US Air Force in 1953 and soon after, in 1954, he married the love of his life, Wilma Corbett of Hahira. Billy proudly served in the United States Air Force for 27 years, rising to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant and earning numerous awards, medals and honors. He was a Vietnam War veteran serving in Vietnam in 1967 and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). After his military career, he continued to work in aerospace propulsion for 14 years as a quality assurance engineer at Allied Signal Aerospace. He was an avid amateur radio operator, AG4GI, and life member of Hahira Masonic Lodge 346.
Billy is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Doug Rentz of Columbus, Mike and Candy Rentz of Valdosta, a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Gary Rowe of Valdosta; nine grandchildren, Caroline Rentz, Catherine Rentz, Rebecca Rentz Martinez (Frank), Garrett Rowe (Chelsea), Wesley Rowe, Ryan Rowe (Melissa) Justin Rowe, Jeffrey Palombo and Nick (Abbey) Palombo; and nine great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Grady, Jackson, Matthew, Kathryn and Hayden Rowe, Mac, Gray and Shep Palombo. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 50 years, Wilma Rentz, his parents, three brothers, Troy Rentz, Elford Rentz and Ted Rentz; two sisters, Betty Jo Rentz Dawes and Sara Catherine Rentz Antulov; and a dear friend, Judy Cousart Ellis.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hernando Moreno MD and the staff at SGMC Valdosta Medical Clinic, SunCrest Home Health and Bethany Palliative and Hospice Care for their compassionate care over the past year.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at the Baptist Church in Philadelphia with the Reverend Frank Gupton officiating. Interment will follow at the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at the Carson McLane Valdosta Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Philadelphia Baptist Church 3091 Troupeville Rd., Quitman, GA 31643.