David Eugene (Gene) Gregory went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, June 3, 2023, because of an almost 18-vear battle of bone marrow cancer due to his exposure to Agent Orange during his military service as a U.S Marine in the Viet Nam War.
Gene was born on October 8, 1948, to Walter Francis Gregory and wife, Vera Lou (nee' Wichkoski) Gregory in Houston, Texas. He had an outgoing personality - with a hint of mischievousness - who never met a stranger. His love for Jesus, his family and friends were paramount in his life.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry Wayne Gregory; sister, Jo Ann Gregory Conn; nephews, Christopher Lee Gregory and Michael Eugene Horswill; BIL, Rodney Alford; and SIL Darnell Greene Garcia.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Connie (nee' Epps) Gregory. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in April of this year.; son, David Aaron Gregory (Amber); two granddaughters, Addison Blake and Laci Blaine Gregory; sisters Ginger Gregory Taylor (Bob); Glenda Gregory Alford; brother, Ronald Lamar Gregory (Frances); SIL Shery Gregory; BIL Allen Epps (Rita) and Santos Garcia; maternal aunt, Flora Lee Wichkoski Ellis; Special Golfing Buddies (The Amigos): Jim Callahan and Nick Vine; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Gene and Connie were high school sweethearts and after graduating high school in 1967, they were married on April 19, 1968. While attending UH, Gene received his draft notice in August 1969. He and two other young men were the only individuals who were drafted by the U.S. Marine Corp out of 600 men reporting for duty. Although Gene did not die in battle, nevertheless, he was a casualty of the war in Viet Nam.
Gene and Connie moved to New Caney in 1972 and in 1978 welcomed their only son, David. They remained in the general area until 2019. During that time Gene became active in various civic, governmental, and educational organizations and served in leadership positions. He believed in serving the communities in which he lived. But the greatest service was to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A mutual friend invited Gene and Connie to attend a crusade at First Baptist Houston in July 1982. There Gene was born again as he trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Shortly thereafter, he and his family joined First Baptist Church Porter where they served in various capacities. Nothing gave Gene greater joy than witnessing for Jesus and working with the Youth Group at Porter. Youth camps, Discipleship Now events, Sunday School, and monthly youth activities were the highlights of his life as he saw numerous young people accept Jesus. When Gene and Connie moved to Conroe, they joined West Conroe Baptist Church and became members of the Vineyard Class Life Group.
Gene fought long and hard against the disease that would eventually end his life on earth. He had numerous stents, and three exceedingly difficult surgeries, a stem cell transplant as well as the disease itself. He wanted to live. He wanted to see his grandbabies. And most of all he wanted to serve Jesus.
One of Gene's favorite Scripture verses is Philippians 1:21, "For me to live is Christ; to die is gain."
A visitation for Gene will be held Monday, June 12, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Brookside Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX 77039. A funeral services for gene gregory will occur Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. A committal service will occur Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM. A military honors from the marines will occur Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from 12:30 PM to 12:45 PM at Brookside Memorial Park.