Dr. Kelly Gentry Gregory, Colonel, US Army (Ret.), born in Hartsville, on March 13, 1932, died Nov. 1 (All Saints’ Day), 2017.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Dr. B.K. Gregory and Ruth Celsor Gregory of Hartsville. Survivors are: wife Rachel Perkins Gregory, and by the children of his first wife, Ruth Jean McCall Garrett: Dr. Amy Gregory Weeks (and granddaughters Sarah McCall Weeks and Eleanor Rivard Weeks) and David Kelly Gregory (and granddaughter Madeline Josephine Gregory).
He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1957 as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He received his army flight surgeon wings, and then his Master’s of Public Health from Harvard as part of his training in Aviation Medicine. He was Division Flight Surgeon for U.S. Army Pacific in 1964, and made an assault landing at Saigon Bay on March 13, 1966 (his 34th birthday) with the 25th Infantry Division. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel and was Division Surgeon and Division Flight Surgeon in Saigon until February 1967, when he rotated back to be Flight Surgeon at the Army Aviation Safety Center in Ft. Rucker, Alabama. He was subsequently promoted to Colonel, and served as Commanding Officer at U.S. Army Hospitals in Ft. Hunter/Ft. Stewart, Georgia, and in Baumholder, Germany.
Dr. Gregory maintained his medical license, attending conferences for continuing medical education up until the year of his death. He had a lively interest in current events, an encyclopedic knowledge of military history, and enjoyed exercising his skill on the firing range. He also had a deep love for classical music and jazz, a keen appreciation for the cinema, and loved to debate the finer points of musical theater.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, officiated by Bro. Jack McCall and Father Roger Senechal. Burial will be private.
Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
All farewells are temporary.
Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd. E, Hartsville, TN 37074, 615-374-2280, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.