Name: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE
Known AKA: Ree, Reese, Red, Lil Margaret
Surname Variations: SLUDGE, SLUDG
DOB: 21 Feb 1950 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA
DOD: 27 Oct 2006 in St. Louis, Florissant, Missouri, USA
Father: Sam WILLIAMS Sr
Mother: Lillian C. SLEDGE
Siblings from her father and Mattie Lee: W00dr0w/Woodie, Earnest, Lee, Sam Jr, Hardie, Odell “Red/Pain”, James, Ruth O., Olivia (all siblings have the surname WILLIAMS)
Siblings from her father and Ida Frierson: Florence Jean/Jean
Siblings from her mother: Mable Roy BELL, Oliver “Fat” BELL, Edna Z. BELL, William Lloyd “Cot” BELL, Wade SLEDGE, Jean/Gene, Carlene
Spouse: Curtis Allen GREGORY (divorced in 1987)
Children: Billy, Tara, Tina, William
21 Feb 1950: birth in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA; St. Louis, Missouri death certificate; United States Social Security Death Index)
1950-1968: Resident of Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA
1972: marriage to Curtis Allen GREGORY
1987: divorced from Curtis Allen GREGORY
1968-2006: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA
27 Oct 2006: death in St. Louis, Florissant, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri death certificate; Social Security Death Index)
4 Nov 2006: burial in Calvary Cemetery (St. Louis, Missouri, Burial Index, Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010, Inter #: 512253, Cemetery: Calvary, Name: Gregory, Margaret R (female), Burial Date: 4 Nov 2006, Age: 56, Sec: 033, Lot: 0182, http://bit.ly/N6KQQU). Find A Grave (Birth: unknown, Death: Nov., 2006, Note: Age 56, Burial: Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA, Plot: 33,, 182, Created by: T.V.F.T.H., Record added: May 24, 2010, Find A Grave Memorial# 52805669, http://bit.ly/MVBVoH)
Margaret Ruth Gregory February 21, 1950 – October 27, 2006. Birthplace: Macon, Mississippi. Resided In: St. Louis MO. Funeral Home: Austin Layne Mortuary [7239 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63136, E-mail: email@example.com, Web Site: http://www.laynemortuary.com. Visitation: 4-7pm, November 03, 2006. Service: 9am, November 04, 2006. Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery [5239 W. Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63115, 11:15am, November 04, 2006]. http://bit.ly/zO4MHB
Margaret Ruth Gregory
Saturday, November 4, 2006, 9:00am
Austin Layne Renaissance Chapel
7302 West Florissant Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63136
Reverend E.G. Shields, Sr., Pastor
Mount Beulah M.B. Church, Officiating
Margaret Ruth Gregory was born on February 21, 1950 to Lillian Sledge and the late Sam Williams, in Macon, Ms. She departed this life on October 27, 2006.
Margaret was educated at Macon High School, in Macon, Mississippi. Margaret enjoyed her school career, often mentioning the pride she felt at being named valedictorian in junior high school. Showing her athletic ability, Margaret played basketball for Macon High School and also played in neighborhood softball games when she could. An equal fan of nature, Margaret remarked on the numerous adventures she had during the spring and summer months.
Margaret confessed hope in Christ at an early age at Second Baptist M.B. Church of Macon, MS. In later years, she continued her faith at St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church in St. Louis. Margaret was a devoted reader of Scripture and loved to sing, especially gospel.
In March of 1966, Margaret gave birth to her son, Billy Johann Sledge. In 1968, she and Billy made the journey to St. Louis, Missouri. During this time, one of her first jobs was a ‘carhop’ at White Castle. It was there she met her soon to be husband. Margaret Ruth Sledge and Curtis Allen Gregory were married on March 24, 1973. Curtis was very proud to become the father of Billy and soon all three welcomed the births of Tara Renee Gregory in January of 1975 and Tina Nicole Gregory in March of 1976.
Margaret’s life was full of loving and nurturing her children. She worked diligently as a housewife to make sure that they had the necessary comforts in life, often doing without them herself. Margaret also worked in the retail industry and volunteered at her children’s schools. In later years, Margaret’s volunteer work in the field of education turned employment. This led to a lifelong love of helping and creating joy in the life of each child she met. Margaret worked for Emerson Family YMCA and also Normandy School District.
Although divorced from Curtis, she was saddened by his death in 1994. Margaret’s love of people knew no bounds. If you talked to her for five minutes, you knew her and she never forgot you. She felt that three of her greatest accomplishments were her children and she shared tremendously in their success, watching each one graduate from college. Her latest joy was being able to help raise her first grandchild, Omar Nafel Alenazi.
Margaret leaves to mourn her passing: a loving mother, Lillian Sledge of Macon, Ms; three children, Billy of St. Louis, MO, Tara of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Tina of St. Louis, MO; her grandson, Omar of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Five siblings (born to Lillian Sledge), Jean Holman and William Bell of Memphis, TN, Carlene Graham and Wade Sledge of Macon, MS, and Edna Davis of St. Louis, MO; also leaves, siblings born to her father, Sam Williams a multitude of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Order of Service
Prayer…..Rev. Robert Houston
Acknowledgment of Expressions of Sympathy…..Tina Gregory
Selection…..Rev. L.P. Colyer
Obituary (Read Silenty)…..Soft Music
Eulogy…..Reverend E.G. Shields, Sr. Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church
Parting View…..Austin A. Layne Mortuary
The family of Margaret Ruth Gregory wishes to express their gratitude and appreciation for not only this time of need, but for each moment that you have given her and us over the years. Thank you for your expressions of kindness and love offered through cards, floral arrangements, phone calls, visits, and other equally important acts. May God continue to bless each and everyone. ~The Family
Are you really hone? It is difficult, at the very least, to believe. You would be overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support. It equals the love and support you so willingly bestowed upon each of us, day after day. You never complained and you always gave, even if you didn’t have it to give. You were (and still are in our hearts), one of the best people to have graced this earth. Your intelligence, humor, warmth, and beauty are everlasting. Thank you, thank you, thank you. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU ~Billy, Tara, Tina, and Omar
Pallbearers: Family and friends
Interment: Calvary Cemetery
Services entrusted to:
Austin A. Layne Mortuary, Inc.
7239 West Florissant Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63136
Mama grew up in the small town of Macon, Mississippi where everyone knew your business before you did. She loved to tell stories of life in the old days. She and her cousins had an amazingly carefree life coming of age in the Jim Crow South. They swam and fished in the creeks, eating turtle and frog legs (yuck). They played softball in the fields where she broke her wrist. It was an even less than memorable occasion because her father was passing by at the time and at the moment when she broke her wrist, she said “shoot” and he thought she said, “sh*t” so he whupped her for that. My favorite recollection of Mama’s childhood memories was of her picking cotton. A truck would come to pick them up at dawn before school to take them to a cotton pickin’ farm. They would put rocks at the bottom of their bags to make it weigh more and get more wages. While it was not an honest way to make extra cash, I understand how they could do it in the context of survival. Farmers just did not compensate them enough for their hard earned labor and some probably cheated them too. Mama’s favorite subject in high school was math and she wanted to go to college to play the piano and be a singer. She was on the basketball team. By 1967, Mama was a young teen mother with a second child, William, born prematurely and deceased. The man she was living with (I can’t recall his name for the life of me), was the father of William. His estranged wife (or were they divorced?) was jealous of her. I think she was a relative of Mama’s, not sure. Anyway, this woman encountered Mama on the road while walking and confronted her about the relationship. She also threatened to do bodily harm to Mama. After that, Mama had to get out of town with her sister, Edna, and this is the story of why she migrated to St. Louis, Missouri. She got a job working at White Castle as a car hop and met daddy this way. They were married 14 years before divorcing. To this union were born three children and a painful miscarriage before I was born. She died of pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Mama had a beautiful voice and if I close my eyes now, I can still hear her singing. She was always a beautiful person, inside and out, kind, caring and forgiving. She was also a people person with a great sense of humor, just like my father, and was quite the talker. Many a time she cracked us up with her sayings, of which there are way too many to list here. Family was dear to her and she kept in touch with hers and my father’s. There are two holes in my heart that can never be patched up, one for my father and one for her.
TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:
United States Social Security Death Index
first name: Margaret
middle name: R
last name: Gregory
birth date: 21 February 1950
social security number: 587-28-8471
place of issuance: Mississippi
last residence: Florissant, Saint louis, Missouri
zip code of last residence: 63032
death date: 27 October 2006
estimated age at death: 56