John Patterson Gregory, age 67, of Scotland Neck, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2022.
He was the third child of five and third son of Samuel Thorne “Sam” Gregory and Elizabeth Caldwell Beckwith “Libby” Gregory of Scotland Neck. As a child John suffered from rheumatic fever and spent most of his life in and around his hometown. When organ transplants were in their infancy, John gave part of his pancreas to his sister, Libbette, which precipitated his own battle with diabetes. His life was marked by a love for all things mechanical and domestic animals. John particularly loved fast cars, sporting events, motorcycles, and being called “Big Bad John”. His interests included nature, all things military, and politics.
John graduated from Rocky Mount Academy and after a brief stay at North Carolina State University, he transferred to East Carolina University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology. After graduation he worked briefly for Weyerhaeuser Wood Products Company in Plymouth. He then transferred to the state of Washington, working there before volcano Mount Saint Helens blew up. Upon returning to his hometown, John worked for Shields Fertilizer Company for over 35 years fixing their large equipment. During his off time he enjoyed motorcycling with his friends and fixing cars. It is significant that he pulled at least two late model Corvettes from certain death and restored them. In his older years, John enjoyed boating and fishing with his life long friend, Nelson Helms.
John was preceded in death by his parents, who he helped care for during their ailing years; his sister, Elizabeth Caldwell Gregory “Libbette” Milford and her granddaughter, Lilian Jane Milford; his long-time girlfriend, Dorothy Jane Whitehead Harris; and his step-nephew, Blain Norris.
He is survived by his oldest brother, Dr. Samuel Thorne Gregory II DDS of Dunn and wife Sherry Moore Norris Gregory; her son, Bryan Norris and wife, his son, Samuel Thorne Gregory III and wife April of Creedmoor; brother, Robert Beckwith “Bob” Gregory of Scotland Neck; brother-in-law, Richard Lee Milford IV and wife Melissa of Michigan; their son, Richard Lee Milford V and wife Lara of Texas, their son, Isaac Ellis Milford; sister, Blanche Beckwith Gregory Garrell and husband Michael of Shepherdstown, WV, their children, niece, Heather Garrell Berg and husband Dax of CA, their sons, Ender and Zen Ruckus Berg, nephew, Justin Michael Garrell and Ellie Emami, their son, Jordan Bear Garrell, and nephew, Matthew Garrell of Australia.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2022 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Scotland Neck, with The Reverend Brian Benton officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made directly to the Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 372, Scotland Neck, NC 27874 or online by clicking here.
“All things come of Thee, Oh Lord; and of Thine own have we given Thee.” Thank you Lord for giving us John. We were hoping to keep him longer and enjoy with him more mellow years.
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service ~ Letchworth Chapel in Scotland Neck is handling the arrangements for the Gregory family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting letchworthsykesfs.com.