Rev. Orby Gene Gregory, 77, of Monticello, passed away on December 7, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.
Gene was born January 4, 1942 to the late Robert and Elouise Miller Gregory. He was a graduate of Monticello High School and Monticello A&M College, now University of Arkansas at Monticello. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Bro. Gene also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Hermitage High School in 1964. He later moved to Fountain Hill where he served as coach and principal, eventually becoming the school district superintendent. In 1982, he became school district superintendent at Arkansas City.
Gene served as executive director of C.B. King Memorial School for the last fifteen years helping grow the school for developmentally delayed to be one of the largest employers in the area.
While in public education, he was actively involved in advocating for rural schools on the state level in Arkansas.
Bro. Gene was ordained to preach at an early age and faithfully served as pastor of Halley Baptist Church for 36 years. He was a 32nd degree mason, an active member of the Order of Eastern Star Eureka Chapter # 374 in Monticello and the Margaret Chapter # 151 in Hamburg.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sherry Jaggers Gregory; daughters, Kimberli (Shane) Kern of Rogers, Wendi (Neil) Martin of Monticello and Shelli (Heath) Bryant of Springdale; sisters, Kay Stanley of Dallas, Texas and Shirley Gregory of Yellville; an aunt, Willie Mae Hobbs of Monticello; grandchildren, Kaitlin (Nick) Graham, Miguel Taylor, Sarah Ashley (Marcus) Rutherford, Kory Kern, Gregory Bryant, Jordan Martin, Jaci Martin, Elizabeth Bryant and Greyson Bryant; numerous nieces and nephews; and his best friend for 65 years, Joe Spencer.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 10 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 2 p.m. at Halley Baptist Church with Dr. James Heflin, Rev. Fred Gay and Rev. John Compton officiating. Burial will follow at Flat Creek Cemetery at Fountain Hill.
Memorials may be made to Halley Baptist Church, P.O. Box 105, Dermott, AR 71638.