Billy Ray “Bill” Gregory, 84, of Shawnee, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Shawnee.

Billy Ray “Bill” Gregory, 84, of Shawnee, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Shawnee.

He was born in a tent on Dec. 13, 1934, in an oil camp in Snomac, Oklahoma, located in Seminole County, to Brown and Hazel (Duggans) Gregory.

Bill was raised in Holdenville, Oklahoma, and moved with his family to Tecumseh in 1953. He graduated with the class of 1955 from Tecumseh High School, where he was in track, played football, baseball, basketball and served as captain of the basketball team.

He married Carolyn Hembree, the mother of his children, and they were married for 38 years. He later married Bernice Kersey, and they were married for 23 years until her death on Nov. 1, 2018.

After high school he worked in the oilfields in Colorado and Ft. Worth, Texas. He later worked in the tooling department at NASA in Seal Beach, California, for nine years. In the 1960s he moved back to Oklahoma and settled in Oklahoma City, going to work for Scrivner Food Company in the warehouse for 27 years. He moved to Shawnee in 1979 where he has since lived.

Bill was a member of Northridge Church of Christ in Shawnee. He was an avid golfer and an accomplished artist.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Gregory; parents, Brown and Hazel Gregory; one brother, Louis Gregory; and two sisters, Jean Edwards and Jessie Harris.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Billy Ray Jr. and Danette Gregory of Oklahoma City; two daughters and one son-in-law, Sharon Gayler of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, and Dana and Troyce King of Shawnee; six grandchildren, Brian Gregory, Kevin Gregory, Matthew Gayler, Sarah Gayler, Reagan King and Lauren King; six great-grandchildren, Sayda Thomason, Zachary McCage, Emily Gayler, Jacob Gayler, Justin Cole and Lucas Cole; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Jim and Shirely Gregory of Shawnee, and Don and Julia Gregory of Kimball, Nebraska; and many loving friends and extended family.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, and continue through service time. Family gathering to greet friends and family will be from 5 to 7 p.m., at Cooper Funeral Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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