By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

Eddie Gene Gregory, age 87, of Hartsville, passed away suddenly Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from a fall he sustained at his home on June 13.

He was born July 18, 1930 to Luther and Kitty Oldham Gregory in Smith County, the youngest of four sons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death: by his brothers, Earnest, age 73, William, age 61 and Clyde, age 84.

He is survived by: wife, Mrs. Dean Gregory of Hartsville; two sons, Rickie (Penny) Gregory of Lebanon, Timmy (Angie) Gregory of Elmwood; three grandchildren, John Gregory and girlfriend, Lauren Brooks, India (Cayce) Gregory Givens, Will (Shan) Gregory.

Eddie Gene Gregory

Mr. Gregory was a Korean War veteran, having been drafted June 5, 1951, and served with pride, rising to the rank of First Sergeant until being discharged Feb. 5, 1953. He married his wife of 65 years, Berldena Wilburn Gregory, on Feb. 7, 1953 in Corinth, Mississippi.

He was ordained as a Deacon of Mace’s Hill Missionary Baptist Church in March 1985. He was saved at the age of 10 and joined Mace’s Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where he later served as the Church Clerk for 25 years and remained a member until his death, a period of almost 78 years.

He was a Shriner, a member of the Body of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Hartsville Masonic Lodge for nearly 50 years. He and Dean opened Gregory’s Cleaners in Hartsville in 1969, which remained a fixture of the community for more than 31 years.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Monday, June 18, officiated by Eld. Ricky Brooks and Eld. Shawn Sheppard.

Honorary pallbearers were: Glenn Haynes, Tommy Thompson, Jack & Ruth Cato, Lannas Smith, Dale Dies and Rex Oldham.

Active pallbearers were: John & Will Gregory, India & Cayce Givens, Jackie Oldham, Odell Garrett, Ricky D. Shoulders, Mike Shoulders, Tommy Butler and Ricky Shoulders.

Interment was in the Dixon Springs Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, family request donations to the Mace’s Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd. E, Hartsville, TN 37074, 615-374-2280, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.