OBITUARY

James Wesley Gregg

October 16, 1947May 5, 2019
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James Wesley Gregg, 71, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Greeneville Community Hospital East from complications of cancer.

He obtained an Associate of Science degree from Austin Peay State University in 1986, while serving in the United States Army with the Signal Corps. He retired in 1989 after 22 years of service with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, grade 2. After military retirement, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 from East Tennessee State University and started a second career as a Certified Biomedical Engineering Technician. He retired in 2016 from Laughlin Memorial Hospital after 20 years.

He was an active member of Carter’s Chapel United Methodist Church where he served in various roles, including Adult Sunday School Class teacher, Lay Leader and Lay Speaker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Elmer and Lucille Keller Gregg, and his brother, Donnie Roger Gregg.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law: Janet Dowell Moffitt of Telford and Jeanne and Henry Jackson of Huntsville, Alabama; two grandchildren: Wesley Dowell of Telford and Julia Moffitt of Telford; two sisters and a brother-in-law: Betty Reynolds and Heidi and Phillip McCurry; three brothers and two sisters-in-law: Lowell and Shirley Gregg, Gene Gregg, and Hovie and Deborah Gregg, all of Greeneville; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and two aunts: Glenna Cutshall and Viola Keller.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday and on Friday 12 – 2 pm at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be at 2 pm Friday in the Chapel of Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Wills officiating.

Interment will follow in GreeneLawn Memory Gardens. The Greene County Honor Guard and the Tennessee National Guard will conduct a military graveside service.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Dowell, Henry Jackson, Tracy Gregg, Timothy Reynolds, Gregg McCurry and Phillip McCurry.

Honorary pallbearers are his former co-workers in the Biomedical Department of Laughlin Memorial Hospital.

The family expressed a special thanks to Dr. Steven Prince, the ICU nursing staff, the Respiratory Department, and the Tennessee Cancer Specialists staff.

  • FAMILY

  • Janet Dowell Moffitt, Daughter
  • Jeanne and Henry Jackson, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Wesley Dowell, Grandchild
  • Julia Moffitt, Grandchild
  • Betty Reynolds, Sister
  • Heidi and Phillip McCurry, Sister and Brother-in-law
  • Lowell and Shirley Gregg, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Gene Gregg, Brother
  • Hovie and Deborah Gregg, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Glenna Cutshall, Aunt
  • Viola Keller, Aunt
  • John Elmer and Lucille Keller Gregg, Parents
  • Donnie Roger Gregg, Brother
  • He also leaves several nieces, nephews, and cousins to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Wesley Dowell
  • Henry Jackson
  • Tracy Gregg
  • Timothy Reynolds
  • Gregg McCurry
  • Phillip McCurry
  • Former Co-Workers in the Biomedical Dept. of Laughlin, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 10, 2019

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Marti Hall

May 8, 2019

James was always so helpful to us at LMH. I called upon him often when we first opened up the new Endoscopy suites, as well as outpatient surgery. James was always right there to fix whatever needed to be done with a pleasant attitude, and smile on his face. He was missed when he retired, and more so now. Prayers & condolences to his family.

Pam Kirthlink

May 7, 2019

Thinking of the family at this time.

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Biography

James Wesley Gregg was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      James was born on October 16, 1947 in Greeneville, Tennessee. His parents were J.E.(John Elmer) and Lucille. James was raised in Greeneville, TN. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Gregg household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, James was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. James was raised with six siblings. They were Betty Reynolds, Lowell Gregg, Gene Gregg, Roger Gregg, Hovie Gregg, and Heidi McCurry. James was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. James and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but James was always consistently loyal to his family.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of James as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Greeneville High School in 1967, after boot camp fulfilled his missing PE credit. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was electronics. Following in his sister Betty's footsteps, he played clarinet in the band. James was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. James always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but James handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, James was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served James well during his college experience. He earned his AS in Electronics from Austin Peay in 1986 and his BS in Biomedical Engineering from East Tennessee State University in 1994. James was proud to be a member of both the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, James was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, James was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for James to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were his brothers and sisters and his niece, Melissa. Later in life, he became friends with the growing family of in-laws, cousins, and nephews.

      James brought the same traditional values in how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. James was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. James was blessed with two children, two daughters, Janet Dowell Moffitt and Jeanne Jackson. He was also blessed with two grandchildren, Wesley Dowell and Julia Moffitt.

      James greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. James enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, James was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. He was employed for 22 years in the United States Army, then completed his BS degree and stated a second 20-year career as a Certified Biomedical Engineering Technician. James worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      James was an Army veteran. He was overseas in Thailand, Germany, and Korea; stateside, his postings included Arizona, Washington, North Carolina and twice in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. James served overseas during the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Grade 2. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded many awards, including 5 Good Conduct, 2 Meritorious Service, 3 Army Commendations, and 3 Overseas Ribbons. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, James seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      James liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, James always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were photography and fiddling with electronics. Growing up, he also loved the family's Ford Galaxy car. He was an audiophile; loving music and his stereo systems. James was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Many organizations were grateful to have James as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, James was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, James was a member of the band, playing clarinet. In college, James joined the Phi Kappa Phi and Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Societies. Throughout his later years, James was an active member of the Carter's Chapel United Methodist Church and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose.

      James was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member Carter's Chapel UMC. During that time, he served as Lay Speaker and Lay Leader, Trustee, and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      James's favorite vacations included coming home to see his family. He saw the Rockettes perform in Radio City Music Hall in New York and also traveled to Hong Kong. A highlight of his travels was going to the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville.

      When James’s retirement finally arrived in 2017, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, he found new pleasure in dedicating his time to taking care of his family and staying active in the church. He was active in his community and felt fulfilled.

      James Wesley Gregg passed away on May 5, 2019 at Greeneville Community Hospital East in Greeneville, Tennessee. He died from complications of lung cancer. He is survived by two daughters: Janet and Jeanne; grandchildren: Wesley and Julia; two sisters and three brothers and their families. Services were held at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home. James was laid to rest in GreeneLawn Memory Gardens in Greeneville, Tennessee.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of James Wesley Gregg. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.