Curtis Allen GREGORY

curtisallengregoryCOLLAGE
Top left: Easter in early 90’s. Top right: headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis

PROFILE:

Name: Curtis Allen GREGORY

Known AKA: Big Curtis

Surname Variations: none

DOB: 20 Aug 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

DOD: 9 Aug 1994 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Mother: Mary Louise BROUSSARD

Siblings: Sandra, Deborah, Linda, Willie Bob Jr

Spouse: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Children: Billy, Tara, Tina

TIMELINE:

20 Aug 1946: Birth in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1972: Marriage to Margaret Ruth SLEDGE in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1987: Divorce from Margaret Ruth SLEDGE in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1946-1994: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

9 Aug 1994: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

16 Aug 1994: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

My father was born at this house on 4628 McMillan Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
My father was born at this house on 4628 McMillan Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
curtisallengregory4619mcmillanaveSTLMOdoctorwhodeliveredhim
The doctor who delivered my father either lived at 4619 McMillan Avenue or had his practice there…or both!

My father was a people person with a big heart and humorous disposition. He was a dapper G and dressed up in suits just to go to the theater to watch a movie. Apparently, my father was born at home and was delivered by a doctor who lived or whose medical office was on the same block, right across the street. He only weighed 2lbs so my grandmother fattened him up with her cooking. He was larger than life and at 6’2, a big man. I loved his big belly…he was a lot to love. They called him Big Curtis and my 5’1 mom, Lil Margaret.

An older picture of Scullin Elementary?
An older picture of Scullin Elementary?
scullinelementary
A more recent picture of Scullin Elementary. We always waited for the Bi-State bus in front of it on North Kingshighway or across the street on the Lee Avenue side of it.

If I am recalling correctly, Daddy went to Scullin Elementary School which was located down the street from Grandmama’s house on Lee Avenue. Coincidentally, my brother Billy and two GREGORY cousins, Doom and Tonya went there too! The school is a casualty of the public school system’s ineptitude, closing its doors to students a final time in 2003. I do not know where Daddy went to middle school but I do know that he graduated from Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Rd in St. Louis, Missouri where he was a member of the swim team, track team (shot put) and vaguely remember from looking through his yearbook, football.

Top: Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Road. Bottom: Florissant Valley Community College
Top: Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Road. Bottom: St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley

Due to a weak heart, he was exempted from serving in the Vietnam war. He met Mama at White Castle when she was working as a car hop and wooed her with roses and record albums. Romantic right? She said he would open up the trunk of his car and show them to her. They were married in 1972 at Grandmama Mary Lou’s house at 4877 Lee Ave, a short time after he had suffered a stroke which made one side of his face droop slightly. It shows up clearly in the wedding photos.

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Uncle Richard’s liquor store, now a day care center. The facade used to have stones on the bottom half. It looks like it has been bricked and painted over. His house is directly in the back separated by an alley, you can see a light brown roof peeking out behind it.

Daddy was multi-skilled and was able to work at various jobs: manager of a theater which was right up his alley since he loved movies, photographer (earned an associate degree in photography from St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley), contractor (all levels of construction and helped his best friend Richard SLEDGE…no relation to my mother that I know of…build his liquor store on Lucas & Hunt Road in Normandy, St. Louis, Missouri from the ground up), hunter (he hunted deer and rabbit with both guns and crossbows), archery, fishing, Boy Scout master, good with fixing cars, a bouncer in nightclubs and a private investigator.

My father indulged in good food (the saltier the better) and would wash it down with his favorite drinks, either Pepsi or Coke. He ended up with kidney problems and an even weaker heart. When the doctors told him to stop smoking, drinking (alcohol/soda) and eating unhealthy food, he told my mother that he could stop drinking but not smoking and eating. Even though they gave him only 6 months to live, he would not give them up. I guess it was his way of enjoying life before death.

During the last days of his life, he went to visit his father’s grave where I hope he received some solace and made peace with death. He made sure that he went to visit his BROUSSARD family in Texas as that was probably the last time he would see them. It was after that his health started to decline drastically. After being in the hospital for two weeks, he died of multiple organ failure at Jewish Hospital (now called Barnes-Jewish Hospital). A good man, gone too soon.

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1946 Birth Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 46956
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
Date of birth: 20 Aug 1946
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie Bob Gregory
Birthplace of father: Houlka, Mississippi
Name of mother: Mary Louise Broussard
Birthplace of mother: Port Arthur, Texas
Informant: Willie Gregory

1994 Death Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 94-203944
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
Date of death: 9 Aug 1994
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie Bob Gregory
Name of mother: Mary L Broussard
Informant: Mary L Gregory

United States Social Security Death Index
first name: Curtis
middle name:
last name: Gregory
name suffix:
birth date: 20 August 1946
social security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
place of issuance: Missouri
last residence: Missouri
zip code of last residence: 63115
death date: 9 August 1994
estimated age at death: 48

United States Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
[Curtis Gregory]
SSN: XXXXXXXXX
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1946
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri
Death Date: 9 Aug 1994
Death Certificate Number: 203944
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Notes: Sep 1966: Name listed as CURTIS ALLEN GREGORY; 19 Jun 1998: Name listed as CURTIS GREGORY

BURIAL:

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
Inter #: 457157
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Curtis A Gregory
M/F: M
Burial date: 16 Aug 1994
Age: 47 [incorrect; he was 46 at the time of his burial]
Section: 017A
Row:
Lot: 0495

Find A Grave Memorial
Name: Curtis Allen “Big Curtis” Gregory
Birth: Aug. 20, 1946
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1994
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-2l
Family links:
Parents:
Willie Bob Gregory (1913 – 1970)
Mary Louise Broussard Gregory (1924 – 2001)
Spouse: Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Inscription:
Curtis Allen
1946-1994
Mother of perpetual help pray for us
Gregory
Note: Age 46 [age incorrectly given as 47 on website of Archdiocese of St. Louis website]
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 017A, Lot 495
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805636

OBITUARY/FUNERAL PROGRAM:

There is a funeral program but it is not in my possession at this time. So far no obituary has been located in the newspapers.

SOURCES:

1. Oral history from Margaret Ruth GREGORY nee SLEDGE and Tara Renee GREGORY

2. 1946 St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri birth certificate –> VitalCheck, A LexisNexis Company –> Birth Certificates –> Bureau of Vital Records of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> http://bit.ly/1aKW0fv

3. 1946 St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri birth certificate –> Derivative copy from original –> From the personal records of Tara Renee GREGORY –> Bureau of Vital Records of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> http://health.mo.gov/index.php

4. “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J1RG-CMZ : accessed 4 November 2015), Curtis Gregory, 09 Aug 1994; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

5. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007 –> http://bit.ly/Mabvjx

6. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007 –> http://fur.ly/cbl2

7. Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010 –> Home –> Catholic Cemeteries –> Burial Search –> Calvary –> Lot: 0495 –> http://bit.ly/1bb1FWZ

8. Find A Grave –> Memorial for Curtis Allen “Big Curtis” Gregory –> Maintained by TaraG, member #47897707 –> Originally created by T.V.F.T.H., member #46496806 –> http://bit.ly/Of7ew2

9. Screen capture of Uncle Richard’s liquor store –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbqj

10. Screen capture of 4619 McMillan Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbql

11. Screen capture of 4628 McMillan Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbqm

12. Black and white image of Scullin Elementary, North Kingshighway, St. Louis, Missouri –> St. Louis Landmarks, Association of St. Louis, Inc. –> St. Louis Public Schools: A Look at Buildings Affected by Closings –> Milligan Schools –> http://www.landmarks-stl.org/images/uploads/scullin_thumb.jpg

13. Color image of Scullin Elementary, North Kingshighway, St. Louis, Missouri –> Built St. Louis –> Site navigation: site map/search the site –> The Ittner / Milligan Legacy –> Scullin –> second picture –> http://www.builtstlouis.net/schools/images/scullin2.jpg

14. Image of Beaumont High School, Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Missouri –> Built St. Louis –> Site navigation: site map/search the site –> The Ittner / Milligan Legacy –> Beaumont High School –> first picture –> http://www.builtstlouis.net/schools/ittner07.html

15. Saint Louis Public Schools –> Surplus Properties –> Scullin School –> http://www.slps.org/Page/27728

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