Fallen Hero: SMSgt Bobby Preston Dent (Ret)


Funeral Home

Chancellor Funeral Home

Florence, MS


5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, November 10, 2023, and  10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2023, Chancellor Funeral Home, Florence, MS


11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2023, Chancellor Funeral Home, Florence, MS


Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on November 8, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home. , age 79, who served in the MSANG and served within the 172d Airlift Wing, 172 Maintenance Squadron has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airman.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Airman has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Airman for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

Bobby Preston Dent departed this earth on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, in Collins, MS. He was 79 years old. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023, and from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence, MS. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the interment will follow in the Garden of Memories.

Bobby was born on July 18, 1944, to Rollins Preston and Evelyn Mangum Dent in Jackson, MS. As a military family he grew up in England, California, and Pakistan.  He also spent time in Holland. He served in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard from 1964 to 2009. Bobby loved riding motorcycles, taking pictures of family and family events.

Bobby is preceded in death by his parents, R.P. and Evelyn Dent. He is survived by is wife of 56 years, Sheila Dent of Brandon; sons, Rollins Dent (Ronda) of Florence, and Randy Dent (Amy) of Brandon; grandchildren, Sarah Dent, Annalise Dent, Alaina Dent, Angel Thompson (Richard), and Ryan Wood (Ashlynn); great grandchildren, Camden Hanks, Kylee Thompson, Emmery Wood, and Nylah Wood; sister, Pamela Jayne Dent Willis of Arkansas; several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.