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Donnie L. "Shorty" Gregory,Sr.

March 17, 1939 - August 2, 2020

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Mr. Donnie Leroy “Shorty” Gregory, Sr., 81, of Gin Mill Road, Hamlet, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020, at his residence.

He was born in Wake County, son of Hubert Columbus Gregory and Dorothy Matthews Gregory.

Mr. Gregory was a member of Springhill Wesleyan Church and a former conductor for CSX Railroad. He love to garden and always gave away more than he kept; he enjoyed cooking and was famous for his homemade BBQ! Most of all he loved his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Buddy Gregory and Cecil Gregory; and his granddaughter, Danielle Stogner.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Upchurch Gregory of the home; daughter, Crystal Stogner (Stanley) of Elkin; sons, Donnie L. Gregory, Jr. (Patricia) of Sanford and Paul Gregory (Kathy) of Hamlet; sisters, Doris Sims of Angier, Hazel Matthews (Marshall) of Erwin and Karen McLamb (Billy) of Garner; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall at Springhill Wesleyan Church, Hamlet. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Guest are asked to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing due to Covid-19 restrictions.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his memory to Richmond County Hospice, 1119 Hwy. 1, N., Rockingham, NC 28379 or Springhill Wesleyan Church,289 Springhill Church Road, Hamlet, NC 28345

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Service Details

  • Service

    August 6, 2020 | 11:00am
    Springhill Wesleyan Church
    289 Springhill Church Road
    August 6, 2020
  • Interment

    Springhill Wesleyan Church
    289 Springhill Church Road

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A Railroad Man's Prayer
An old railroad employee was converted at a meeting and was asked to lead in prayer. He hesitated a moment, then with a trembling but clear resounding voice he said reverently: "O' Lord, now that I have flagged Thee, lift up my feet from the rough road of life and plant them safely on the deck of the train of salvation. Let me use the safety lamp known as prudence and all the couplings in the train with the strong arm of love: and let my lamp be the bible. And, Heavenly Father, keep all switches closed that lead off on the sidings, especially those with a blind end. O, Lord if it be Thy pleasure, have every semaphore block along the line show a white light of hope that I may make the run of my life without stopping. And, Lord give us the Ten Commandants for the schedule; and when I have finished on scheduled time and pulled into the dark station of death, may the Superintendent of the Universe say: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, come and sign the payroll and receive your check for external happiness."

May you rest in peace Shorty! You will be missed by all that the privilege of knowing you.
Love, Linwood Ray and Pam Griffis
Comment | Posted at 08:54pm via Condolence

Shary Moss

Prayers for the family, sure did enjoy eating his homemade ice cream.
Cliff & Shary Moss
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