Thomas Roy Gregory
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Gregory, 88, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2010, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
A lifelong resident of Greenwood, Tommy graduated from Greenwood High School in 1939. He served as a quartermaster first class in the United States Navy aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Chauncey in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he worked for Barnwell and Flowers Cotton Co. and played outfield for the 1947 Greenwood Dodgers. A Cotton States League AA baseball team, the Greenwood Dodgers was a farm team for the Brooklyn Dodgers. After his brief career in the minor leagues, he founded T.R. Gregory Cotton Co., a cotton brokerage firm he operated on Greenwoods historic Cotton Row for over 50 years. In 1978, he was selected as the Junior Auxiliary Cotton Ball King.
He was a member and past president of the Greenwood Cotton Exchange, a charter member of North Greenwood Baptist Church and onetime owner of the legendary Cotton Row Club on Ramcat Alley in Greenwood. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time with friends at Goose Pond Hunting Club and at his lake house in Carroll County.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Marguerite Pettey Gregory.
Mr. Gregory is survived by three sons, Tommy Gregory Jr. and his wife, Susan, Bob Gregory and his wife, Peggy, and Jim Gregory. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Anna Gregory, Thomas Gregory III, Malone Gregory, Durden Pillow, Elizabeth Pillow, Rob Hamrick and Chip Hamrick; and two great-grandchildren, Charlie Hamrick and Presley Hamrick.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cliff Carty, Billy Fairchild, Fred Traylor, W.G. Mize, Billy Randle, Stacy Ragland, Bob Pillow, James Buckley, John Metts, David Hicks, Sam Bass, Clint Guenther, Chuck Lamb, David Hicks Jr., William Leflore, Parker Johnson, Dudley McBee, Eddie Stuckey, Alan Wilson, Tom Gary, Jr., Bill Brown III, David Russell, Ronnie Robertson and Emmett Chassaniol.
The family would like to thank Dr. Walter Moses Jr., Everlena Odell, Nancy Harris and the staff of Indywood Glen Personal Care Center for their loving care of Mr. Gregory during his final days. The family wishes to especially thank Virlee Johnson for her friendship and service to the family over the years.
Memorials may be made to the Greenwood Exchange Club Youth Baseball Foundation, P.O. Box 14, Greenwood, MS 38935, or the donors choice.