|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1928|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 1998|
Services for Clarence Gregory, 70, of Ralls were held Wednesday, July 15, 1998, at Ralls First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Colwell, International Director of Walk to Emmaus in Nashville, TN, Rev. Gary Hubard, pastor of the Ralls First United Methodist Church and Rev. Jim Morrow, pastor of the Ralls first Baptist Church officiating.
Burial was in Ralls Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Ralls.
Gregory died Sunday, July 12, 1998, at his farm North and west of Ralls.
He was born March 1, 1928, in Kennydale, TX. He married LaVerne Stegall on Auguust 4, 1949, in Ralls. She preceded him in death on May 9, 1996. Gregory is also preceded in death by three brothers, William Lloyd Gregory, Porter Glen Gregory, Jr., and Earl Travis Gregory, and by one sister, Pauline Mae Presley.
He was a member of the Ralls First United Methodist Church. He was a former board member of the Farmer School Board and the Lorenzo School Board. He served two years as the Crosby County Farmers Union president. He served as a director for thirty years on the South Plains Telephone Co-Op, Inc., Cone-Caprock exchanges. He was a member of the South Plains Rural Electric CoOp. He served in the Air Force during WWII. He lived in the Ralls area all his life.
He is survived by one daughter and her husband, Shirley and Tony Martin of Ralls; one daughter-in-law, Leigh Gregory of Ralls; one sister, Ethel Laird of Ralls; four grandchildren.
Below is an account of the cause of death that was provided by Amy Smith, March 2009:
"Clarence Gregory, along with his son, Loyd Gregory, were found shot behind the wheel of their pickup truck in the family cotton fields 8 miles north of Lorenzo in July 1998. Larry McClaran, a neighbor of the Gregorys who had previously had numerous violent run-ins with other Crosby County residents, shot them in an alleged land dispute. Clarence was killed instantly and Loyd died at Lubbock's University Medical Center from his wounds.
McClaran pled guilty to capital murder charges in 1999 and is serving life in prison.
In November 1998, about 60 Crosby County farmers gathered to help strip the Gregorys' nearly 700 acres of cotton to help out Loyd's widow and three children. Associate Cotton Growers of Crosbyton ginned the resulting 40+ modules for free."
Laverne Stegall Gregory (1932 - 1996)
B Loyd Gregory (1956 - 1998)*
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Dec 20, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17099546
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