Wednesday, March 31, 2010

John Gregory's Father With the Lord

Obituary for Franklin Forbes “Bill” Gregory

Franklin Forbes “Bill” Gregory, 94, of Stephenson, VA, went home to be with His Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at a local nursing home.

Mr. Gregory was born in 1915 in Altoona, PA, the son of the late Charles E. and Teresa C. Gregory. He was Assistant Plant Manager for National Fruit Products (White House) in Martinsburg, WV, retiring in June, 1984 after 49 years of service.

He was a member of Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church in Winchester, and a former member of Rosemont Grace Brethren Church in Martinsburg, where he had served as a Deacon and Trustee. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed playing softball and baseball on several local teams.

He married Nellie Robinson Morrison Gregory on February 21, 1981 in Duncansville, PA.

He is survived by a daughter, Hazel Geukgeuzian and her husband, Vahe, of Stephens City, VA; two sons, Don Gregory and his wife, Connie, of Winchester, VA and John Edward Gregory and his wife, Betty, of Columbia City, IN; a step-daughter, Judith Whitacre and her husband, Larry of Highview, WV; three step-sons, William Morrison and his wife, Lee, of Clearbrook, John Morrison and his wife, Darlene, of Stephenson, and Charles Morrison of Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren; fourteen step great grandchildren; nine step great, great grandchildren, and a sister, Mary Lou Evans, of Barstow, CA. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle Morrison Gregory, who died on October 13, 1979, and also three brothers and one sister.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Tuesday at Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church with Pastor Darrell Taylor officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg, WV at 3:00 PM.

Pallbearers will be Keith Gregory, Dan Gregory, Jeremy Hammer, Michael Geukgeuzian, Stephen Geukgeuzian, Jonathan Geukgeuzian, Jay Foreman and Brian Blackburn.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church, 1025 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester, VA 22602.


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