OBITUARY

Neal J Gregory

April 22, 1948June 29, 2021

Neal Jackson Gregory, a true man of God, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 29, 2021.

Neal was born in Danville, Va. on April 22, 1948. He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine K. Gregory; his mother, Hazel R. Gregory; sister, Betty G. Major and brother, Tommy L. Gregory.

He is also survived by his daughter, Valorie G. Barkley (Gregg) and step daughter Amy Register; and seven beloved grandchildren: Christopher McPhetridge, Christin McPhetridge, Brendan Register, Aidan Register, Brianna Deoudes, Emma Barkley and Angus Hobson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Buford S. Gregory, and stepson, Troy S. Hobson.

Neal served in the Navy on a tanker that fueled ships on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. He visited many places listed in the Bible. He was a retired IBEW Journeyman Wireman for Local 26, Washington D.C.

Neal was an avid gardener, growing many fruits and vegetables. His specialty was jalapeno peppers: the hotter the better. He grew and ate them year round.

He was a man of many talents. He could build anything and/or fix it if it was broken.

His love of family was expressed every day through prayer, thought and action. That love was returned to him one thousand fold.

His only vice was baseball, namely the L.A. Dodgers. He loved the Dodgers from the Brooklyn days, listening to the games on the radio under the covers at night. He played ball from early Little League throughout adulthood. He then taught his grandsons how to play the game.

Neal attended Ridgeway United Methodist Church, where he sang his songs of faith using his beautiful voice. He sang every day, especially while working outside. He is now using that voice to sing praises to his Heavenly Father. He is now home.

Memorial may be made to the Ridgeway United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 78, Ridgeway VA 24148 or to the Martinsville Henry County Veterans Honor Guard, P.O. Box 1002, Collinsville VA 24078. Flowers are welcome also.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Mountain View Cemetery with Pastors Michael Lewis and Michael Hearp officiating. The family will receive friends at Ridgeway United Methodist Church following the graveside service.

  • FAMILY

  • Buford Spencer Gregory, Father (deceased)
  • Hazel Gregory, Mother
  • Elaine K. Gregory, Wife
  • Valorie Barkley, Daughter
  • Gregg Barkley, Son-in-law
  • Amy Register, Stepdaughter
  • Betty Major, Sister
  • Tommy Lee Greogry, Brother
  • Christopher McPhetridge, Grandchild
  • Christin McPhetridge, Grandchild
  • Brendan Register, Grandchild
  • Aidan Register, Grandchild
  • Brianna Deoudes, Grandchild
  • Emma Barkley, Grandchild
  • Angus Hobson, Grandchild
  • Troy S. Hobson, Step-son (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • Martinsville Henry County Veteran's Honor Guard
  • Ridgeway United Methodist Church

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, July 3, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 3, 2021

Memories

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Donna ( sue ) Harrah

July 3, 2021

ELAINE , I AM SO SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF NEAL PASSING ; NEAL WAS A WONDERFUL MAN !!!!! ONE OF THE LAST TIMES THAT HE COME , HE SUNG US THAT SONG THAT HE HAD WROTE ; WE LOVED IT !!!! I LOVE NEAL , WE HAVE A LOT OF FANTASTIC MEMORIES THAT WE SHARED WITH HIM !!!!! YOU ALL ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS !!!!! WE WILL MISS NEAL SO VERY MUCH !!!!!

Mike Bass

July 1, 2021

Neal was a good solid man who you could always count on. I always enjoyed working on repair projects with him at Church which could become comical at times. A dedicated Christian, family man and friend who I am going to miss!

Deborah Miller

June 30, 2021

You were a loving and caring step dad. I am so thankful that I had someone so special to fill that role in my life. You always lit up when little ones were around, and had such a kind heart. You will be truly missed, but never forgotten. Condolences to you Elaine, I know that you will miss him so. I pray God gives you the strength to get through such a difficult time.
Heartfelt Sincerity,
Debbie Miller

Tina and Noah Goin

June 30, 2021

Neil was a really kind and caring person. He was so warm and friendly. We are sorry for the families loss. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

AJ & Wanda Hollie

June 30, 2021

So sorry to learn of Neal’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to the family. So many fond memories of good times shared with Neal during our childhood. Rest In Peace!

Ann Martin

June 30, 2021

I am so sad to hear of this awesome loss. Please know you are in my prayers. I was looking forward to fixing Neal a banana pudding when I was told we were going to be able to have Lord's Acre this year!

Patsy Campbell

June 30, 2021

Neal was an outstanding person! As reflected in the photo posted, he was always congenial and friendly; always with a smile and welcoming spirit; always anxious to do for others. He enjoyed his bountiful garden from which Elaine labored to can, freeze and share. Neal loved the Lord . He lived in a Christian spirit and example to us all. He was a friend but more so family. Thank you Elaine for bringing him into our Eanes family. Love and hugs to you and family.

linda hudgins

June 30, 2021

My condolences to the family. Neal left here too soon. He will be greatly missed. Haven't seen him in years but remember him well. I was one of the cousins (Reynolds clan) πŸ™ πŸ™ Praying for family. May God be with you doing this time of sorrow πŸ’˜ πŸ’˜

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