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Milton Earl McGregor

7 May, 193925 March, 2018

Milton E. McGregor, 78, of Montgomery, died peacefully at his home Sunday, March 25, 2018. Mr. McGregor was born in Hartford, Alabama, May 7, 1939, to Johnnie and Walter Scott McGregor. He graduated from Geneva County High School in Hartford in 1957. Mr. McGregor began his higher education in 1957 at Troy State University until 1958, when he began serving his country in the United States Army. After duty he enrolled in Auburn University until he was called back to service in the United States Army. He then returned to Troy State University in 1962 to continue his education.

Alabama has lost one of its greatest entrepreneurs and charitable benefactors with the death of Milton McGregor. An unceasing fighter for truth and fairness, especially for the citizens of Macon County, Alabama, Mr. McGregor created thousands of jobs and generated hundreds of millions in taxes for Macon County and the State of Alabama. His enterprises, along with Mr. McGregor and his wife, Pat, have donated millions to charitable organizations.

He believed it was important to teach truth, faith and loyal devotion to his children so that they could carry on the same beliefs that guided his life. He was a dedicated member of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, and lived his faith as he served on boards of civic and charitable organizations including the boards of trustees of both Troy University and Tuskegee University. The McGregor family has generously supported Hospice of Montgomery, the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the American Red Cross and numerous other civic and charitable organizations. Mr. McGregor served as Chairman, President and CEO of VictoryLand and the Birmingham Race Course.

Although, as a fervid businessman, jobs were one of Mr. McGregor’s passions, nothing surpassed his passion as a husband, father and intensely loyal friend. Mr. McGregor was a devoted husband to Pat, father to Cindy and Kim, and grandfather to his seven grandchildren.

Mr. McGregor is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia Turner of Montgomery; two children, Kim McGregor and husband Dan Hicks, Cindy Benefield and husband Lewis; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Matthews and Carter Matthews of Atlanta, GA, Kimberly Ruth McGregor, San Diego, CA, Steven McGregor of Los Angeles, CA, Mary Grace Brown, Augusta, GA , Emily Rose Benefield, Mac Benefield and Lewis Benefield, Jr. of Montgomery.

Visitation will be at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from noon – 2:00 pm in the atrium, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm in the main sanctuary.

  • FAMILY

  • Johnnie McGregor, Mother (deceased)
  • Walter Scott McGregor, Father (deceased)
  • Patricia Turner McGregor, Spouse
  • Kim McGregor, Daughter
  • Cindy Benefield, Daughter
  • Dan Hicks, Son-in-law
  • Lewis Benefield, Son-in-law
  • Elizabeth Ann Matthews, Grandchild
  • Carter Matthews, Grandchild
  • Kimberly Ruth McGregor, Grandchild
  • Steven McGregor, Grandchild
  • Mary Grace Brown, Grandchild
  • Emily Rose Benefield, Grandchild
  • Mac Benefield, Grandchild
  • Lewis Benefield, Jr., Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steve Flowers
  • Joe Espy
  • David Johnston
  • Judge Alfonza Menefee
  • Dr. David Thrasher
  • Senator Gerald Dial
  • Coach Pat Dye
  • Ray Stephenson
  • Michael Kendrick
  • Whit Armstrong

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 28 March , 2018

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, 28 March , 2018

Memories

Milton Earl McGregor

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CHARLES SASSER

29 March 2018

A memory : Worked with Milton at piggly wiggly Hartford ,Al. he was a part-time high school employee ,Milton was a very good employee very good with customer, knew also his mother who was a very gracious southern lady

Lawerance Beasley

28 March 2018

Peace to all of you. Your extended family grieves with you. The world has lost a person that made this a better place. In my memory I can see Milton passing out awards at our Family Reunions to young family members for excellence in education and other special achievements. He will be missed by many but fond memories of him will prevail and create smiles for many, many years. “God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.”. Love to all of you.

Miles Robinson

28 March 2018

To Pat and the entire McGregor Family....as a member of the Macon County Commission I want to express and offer sincere condolences on the lost of this giant of a man. Mr McGregor meant so much to the Macon County Community. His compassion for the people and his fellow man was at the forefront of his all his endeavors. His vast and significant contributions to Macon County and the State of Alabama will long be remembered and felt for generations to come. May God Bless you and keep you during this most difficult time......

Miles D Robinson, Sr
Macon County Commission

LESTER HENDERSON

27 March 2018

I met Mr.McGregor on two occasions.
I read about him in the puppet newspaper,
I heard many counts of the good things he did for people.
One of the people I know personally.
I am bitter as I type this.
I am bitter about the short stick that was handed to
Mr.Mcgregor by the lying dogs in state government.
He was a good man in my eyes.
I go to St. James U.M.C.
I would certainly would like to meet you.
I use a staff to get around,so maybe you will recognize me.
I am sad to know he has left us.
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you
and to all the Mcgregor family.
In His hands,
Lester Henderson

Richard (Big Boy) and Becky Posey and Bates

27 March 2018

Pat and my girls...it is through tears we extend our condolences to you for the loss of one of the finest Gentlemen we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Some of our times have been tense for those involved but every day that warm and loving smile of Milton's brought us hope and love. The State of Alabama and those of us who knew Milton have never known a greater Husband, Father, "Papa", Friend , Statesman nor Auburn Fan.
May God Bless Each of You and give you Peace. We are privileged to have known each member of your family and hold our memories close.
Milton, may you rest in peace knowing you have faithfully loved your God, Country and Family.
It is a pleasure to call The McGregor's our Friends.
Richard and Becky
Ozark and North Carolina

Sam Covington

27 March 2018

Dear McGregor Family,

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Milton was a special friend to my daddy, and I appreciate the love and support he gave to my father and family down through the years.

Sincerely,

Sam Covington
Enterprise, AL

Shelia Smith

26 March 2018

Dear Pat, Cindy and Kim

John and I are heartbroken over losing our friend. Milton was always a loyal and steadfast friend to both of us. We are blessed having the McGregor Family in our lives. We shared so many happy times with y'all and look to share many more in the future. You three are in our thoughts and prayers, as well as the grandchildren.

We love you all so much. I'll never forget what a friend he was to us during the years '96 and '97!

With much love, Shelia and John Smith

Sarah Smith

26 March 2018

My deepest sympathy to Pat, Cindy & Kim & Milton's entire Family.
He was a friend that shared a vision as I for many years. I honor this man for the family values he had, the dedication to work, the courage, the truthfulness and the giving heart. The State of Alabama has lost a legend of a man that will never be seen again. I am proud to have known him for 30 plus years and to have called him my friend. I will always hold memories close to my heart.

Joe And Ann Entsminger

26 March 2018

Pat, Kim and Cindy:
We were shocked and heartbroken to hear of Milton's sudden death. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Milton's faith and his love of his family and fellowmen were obvious to all of those who had the privilege to know him.
In addition to the great loss to you, he will be missed by all who knew him, both friends and associates.
We are praying the Lord will comfort you during this time of grief.
Love,
Joe and Ann Entsminger

Stan Flint

26 March 2018

Words do not have the capability to truly capture what a wonderful person, our beloved Milton was. However, this old heart would just explode if I didn't try to express how honored and blessed my family feels to be part of the extended McGregor clan.

He was among the most extraordinary people I have ever met. Like everyone reading this, we fell in love with him and his family. His vision, optimism, generosity, fidelity, joy and talent was unparalleled in my experience. One of the best days in our family's life was when Milton told me, "Miss Pat and I want you and Miss Pam to move over to Alabama and work for me". I said yes without hesitation and asked what I would be doing . In typical Milton fashion his response was, "I don't know yet big boy, we can figure that out, but I got a BIG PROJECT going and need your help". That led to eight great years together that are among my favorite memories.

His example as a husband, father, friend and child of God is worthy of emulation. The world needs more of Milton McGregor, yet today we have to face that world without him. And that is really hard.

But he would have no part of us being sad or crying for him today. No, he would tell us to look ahead with joy, excitement and hope. After all, right now he is working on his biggest project yet, and when we see him again, he will have it ready for all of us to enjoy with him....just like always.

We love and miss you greatly, dear friend. Our hearts are shattered for Pat, Kim, Cindy and all who love this giant of a man. Yet, because he would have it no other way, we will look with joy and anticipation to that day when we are called to join with him again in his excellent adventure.

From the Family