Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Middle: 1930 Mississippi census. Bottom: Jefferson County, Texas marriage index
Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Middle: 1930 Mississippi census. Bottom: Jefferson County, Texas marriage index

PROFILE:

Name: Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Known AKA: Willie B

Surname Variations: none

DOB: 15 April 1913 in Chickasaw, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 15 Feb 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Willie P GREGORY

Mother: Mary E/Mayella/Mae Ella STEWART

Siblings: Lucille/Lucile

Spouse: Mary Louise BROUSSARD

Children: Curtis Allen, Sandra, Deborah, Linda, Willie Bob Jr

TIMELINE:

15 April 1913: Birth in Chickasaw, Mississippi, USA (Death certificate; United States Social Security Death Index; 1920-1930 Houlka, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA census)

1920: Resident of Chickasaw, Houlka, Mississippi, USA (1920 Houlka, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA census)

1927: First marriage to unknown woman who died sometime between 1927-1930 (1930 Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA census)

1930: Resident of Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA (1930 Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA census)

1940: I have not yet located him on the 1940 census.

1942: Ordered this WWII enlistment record http://bit.ly/19fxxrO from NARA via Kathleen Brandt of A3Genealogy which confirmed it was not him.

27 Dec 1945: Second marriage to Mary Louise BROUSSARD (Jefferson County, Texas, USA marriage record #42589)

1946: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA (His first born son, Curtis Allen, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1946 so this date will act as an approximate time he migrated to St. Louis)

1955: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri city directory)

1960: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri city directory)

15 Feb 1970: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (Death certificate #70-0008657; United States Social Security Death Index; St. Louis, Missouri Archdiocese burial index)

21 Feb 1970: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

NOTES:

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Left: Houlka, Mississippi historical marker and birthplace of Willie Bob Sr. Right: 4293 St. Louis Ave in St. Louis, Missouri

I never met my grandfather as he died before I was born. This is what my mother relayed to me: He was a nice man and took very good care of his family. He bought my father a new car, I think it was a Thunderbird. My father wrecked it! He wanted to buy a fishing boat and retire but died before that he could see his plans through. It was winter and he was warming up the car in the garage. His daughter, Sandra, found him on the floor. Carbon monoxide poisoning contributed to his death.

2 February 2014 update: In 1930, Willie Bob had a job as a farm laborer. I assume that he is living with his sister Lucille because his mother, Mary Ella/Mayella/Mae Ella had passed away in 1925 and his father, Willie P, was living in St. Louis, Missouri with his second wife, Ethel  (1930 St. Louis, Missouri census). Willie Bob is listed as a widow on the 1930 Chickasaw County, Mississippi census, implying that he had been married. Who was his first wife and when/how/where did she die? Did they have any children (alive or dead)? Perhaps her death record can be found in the 1912-1943 Mississippi Death Index. Whilst searching for Willie Bob on the 1940 census, I searched 10 pages backwards and forwards from known family members: his father Willie P GREGORY with his second wife in St. Louis, Missouri; his sister Lucille TAYLOR nee GREGORY with her second husband in Brevard County, Florida; grandmama Mary Louise with her parents in Port Arthur, Texas and even some of his GREGORY cousins in Pontotoc, Mississippi. He was nowhere near them. Maybe he just wasn’t counted that census year but I won’t give up. I decided to try the city directories but the earliest he was listed was in the 1955 St. Louis, Missouri city directory. Was this a disappointment? Far from it. In the course of perusing the city directories, I discovered that granddaddy and his father, Willie P, lived in the very same building on 4293 St. Louis Ave that we lived in during the 80’s. I instantly went to Google maps and searched for the address. When I zoomed into the house, memories came flooding back as I saw the familiar red brick and then the empty field to the right with trees and then the school across the street that my brother had attended. The earliest house that I can remember living in was this one and what great memories I have. And now I know it also housed great-grandfather Willie P (4293 St. Louis Ave) and grandparents Willie Bob Sr and Mary Louise (4293A St. Louis Ave)! It is a multiple family home with separate entrances. The apartment we lived in was upstairs, the front door being the second one from the left. If the building is still for sale when I get home, I think I just might inquire if the real estate agency would let me look around. The second important discovery that I made from the city directories was the occupation and work place of Willie Bob Sr. Don’t you just love city directories?! In 1955 he was working as a meat stamper at the St. Louis Independent Packing Company. I do not know how long he was employed by them but his 1970 death certificate shows that his usual occupation was a meat trimmer at Independent Packing Co. According to the City of St. Louis Missouri’s website, “…the Independent Packing Company has been replaced by the Missouri Pacific freight terminal and yards.”

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS

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Top: St. Louis Independent Packing Co newspaper article. Bottom: “…standard gauge offering is a Lionel by MTH 214R refrigerator car decorated for the long defunct St. Louis Independent Packing Company”

1920 Mississippi Census
Chicasaw County, Houlka Precinct Beat 2, Houlka Town
Supervisor’s District No 4, Enumeration District No 43, Sheet 13A
Enumerated on 20 Jan 1920
Houlka & Van Vleet Road
Lines 25-28
Image 723 of 1207 on Archive.org (Internet Archive)
FamilySearch.org http://bit.ly/1dV1DmS
Archive.org http://bit.ly/LyLtHY

WILLIE P GREGORY: head of household, house # or farm: FM, # of dwelling house visited 229, # of family visited 232, home owned or rented: O, if owned, free or mortgaged: F???, male, Black, b. 1889, 31yrs, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, father born in SC, mother born in VA, occupation: farmer, industry: general farm, employer, salary or wage worker, or working on own account: EM, # of farm schedule 131

MARY E GREGORY: wife, female, Mulatto, b. 1893, 27yrs, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, father born in US, mother born in MS, occupation: laborer, industry: home farm, employer, salary or wage worker, or working on own account: W

LUCILE GREGORY: daughter, female, Mulatto, b. 1910, 10yrs, single, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: yes, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS

WILLIE BOB GREGORY: son, male, Mulatto, b. 1912, 8yrs, single, attended school, couldn’t write but could read/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS

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Left: 1955 St. Louis, Missouri city directory. Right: 1960 St. Louis, Missouri city directory

1930 Mississippi Census
Chickasaw County, Beat 2 part of
Enumeration District No 9-5, Supervisor’s District No 5, Sheet No 11B
Enumerated on 26 Apr 1930
Coleville & Okolona Road
Lines 74-78
Image 141 of 1121 on Archive.org (Internet Archive)
FamilySearch.org http://bit.ly/164vSXB
Archive.org http://bit.ly/1bvfSkR

Notes: Surname of Legueral COOPERWOOD (husband of Lucille GREGORY) has been changed from MONTGOMERY to COOPERWOOD on the family tree. There may have been an error on the 1930 census where the enumerator incorrectly listed his surname as MONTGOMERY. Hopefully this new update will help me find Legueral, his wife, Lucille GREGORY and her brother, Willie Bob GREGORY Sr on the 1940 census. Update: Lucille was found on a Florida 1940 census with the surname of Taylor after having remarried.

LEAREL MONTGOMERY: Learel Montgomery: # dwelling house visited 231, # of family visited 231, head of household, home owned or rented: R, does this family live on a farm: yes, male, Negro, b. 1910, 20yrs, married, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, can read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: farmer, industry: general farm, class of worker: O, whether actually at work: yes, # of farm schedule: 226

LUCILLE MONTGOMERY: wife [letter H indicates she gave info for household], female, Negro, b. 1912, 18yrs, married, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, can read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

MARY L MONTGOMERY: daughter, female, Negro, b. 1926, 4yrs, single, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

MABLE MONTGOMERY: daughter, female, Negro, b. 2 3/12 [2yrs, 3mths],attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

WILLIE B GREGORY: bro-in-law, male, Negro, b. 1908, 22yrs, widowed, age at first marriage: 19, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, can read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: laborer, industry: general farm, class of worker: O, whether actually at work: yes, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces: no

Top left: Burial permit notification. Top right: Headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: Burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Top left: Burial permit notification. Top right: Headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: Burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis

1945 Texas Marriage License
Jefferson County, Texas Clerk’s Office
Online Public Records
Page 35, #859
http://bit.ly/W3bA7N
Certificate Number: 42589
Groom: GREGORY,WILLIE
Bride: BROUSSARD,MARY
Groom Father’s Name:
Groom Mother’s Name:
Bride Father’s Name:
Bride Mother’s Name:
Maiden Surname:
Date of Application: 12/26/1945
Date of Marriage: 12/27/1945

1955 St. Louis, Missouri City Directory
http://bit.ly/1isJb9r
Name: Willie B Gregory
Spouse: Mary L
Occupation: meat stamper
Employer: Independent Pkg Co
Residence: h4293a St. Louis Av
Page: 507

1960 St. Louis, Missouri City Directory
http://bit.ly/MbGbCT
Name: Willie B Gregory
Spouse: Mary L
Occupation: Meat stamper, Independent Packing Co
Residence Year: 1960
Street Address: 4877 Lee Av
Residence Place: St. Louis, Missouri
Publication Title: St. Louis, Missouri, City Directory, 1960
Page: 483

1970 Death Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 70-0008657
Name: Willie Bob Gregory
Date of death: 15 Feb 1970
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie P Gregory
Name of mother: Mae Ella Stewart
Informant: Mary Gregory

Burial

1970 Burial Permit Notification
St. Louis County Library
Special Collections Department
http://bit.ly/1bNbbU0
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
26 Feb 1970
PG 22D, Col F
Willie Bob Gregory, 56, 4877 Lee

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
http://bit.ly/1bb1FWZ
Inter #: 236869
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Willie B GREGORY
M/F: M
Burial date: 21 Feb 1970
Age: 56
Section: 017A
Row:
Lot: 0495

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/1nsbA2D
Name: Willie Bob Gregory, Sr
Birth: Apr. 15, 1913
Houlka
Chickasaw County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1970
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-3j
Family links:
Parents:
Willie P Gregory (1887 – 1973)
Mary Ella Stewart Gregory (1891 – 1925)
Spouse: Mary Louise Broussard Gregory (1924 – 2001)
Children: Curtis Allen Gregory (1946 – 1994)
Inscription:
Willie Bob
1911-1970
Mother of perpetual help pray for us
Gregory
Note: Headstone gives year of birth as 1911, Social Security Index gives year of birth as 1913
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 017A, Lot 495
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Oct 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98921830

United States Social Security Death Index
http://bit.ly/12adldi
Given Name: Willie
Middle Name:
Surname: Gregory
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 15 April 1913
Social Security Number: XXX-XX-XXXX
State: Mississippi
Last Place of Residence:
Previous Residence Postal Code:
Event Date: February 1970
Age: 57

Obituary/Funeral Program
Search for an obituary was conducted by the State Historical Society of Missouri in the following newspapers: St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Globe Democrat and the St. Louis American but none was found.

Photo Credit: TCA e-Train, History Markers Of Mississippi, Newspaper Archive, Ancestry.com, Family Search, Internet Archive, Find A Grave, Archdiocese Of St. Louis, St. Louis County Library, Jefferson County Texas Clerk’s Office

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Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

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Left: Mama (about 12 years old) with her sister Mable Roy in Macon, Mississippi. Right: page 1 of funeral program

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: Woodrow/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

Children with Curtis Allen GREGORY: Tara, Tina

Children with Joseph K SANDERS: Billy

Children with Lee JOHNSON: William Lloyd

TIMELINE:

21 Feb 1950: Birth in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

1950-1968: Resident of Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

1972: Marriage to Curtis Allen GREGORY

1987: Divorce from Curtis Allen GREGORY

1968-2006: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

27 Oct 2006: Death in St. Louis, Florissant, Missouri, USA

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Page 2-3 of funeral program

4 Nov 2006: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

NOTES:

Mama grew up in the small town of Macon, Mississippi where everyone knew your business before you did. I do not know exactly how her parents met but I do know that parts of his land bordered the back of Grandmama Lillian’s house and she worked in his grocery store.

Mama 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 paid a dime for a hamburger and ate it at the movie theater, paying a quarter for admission. 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.

At seven years of age, Mama was a student at a segregated school in Macon. Integration of schools in Noxubee County did not happen until 1970! Billy’s paternal grandfather, Reverand Benny SANDERS Sr, was one of the bi-racial committee members serving on the Noxubee County Board of Education trying to find a solution for the boycott against public school integration. It was a mess but I digress. Mama’s favorite subjects were math and history. She was on the basketball team. The woman loved her sports! Watching basketball, football and baseball with her were always full of laughter and fun.

Mama had wanted to go to college to play the piano and be a singer. She had a lovely voice and if I close my eyes now, I can still hear her singing.

By 1967, Mama was a young mother to my brother Billy. Her second child, William, was born prematurely and only lived about 11 hours. A short time afterwards, she migrated to St. Louis, Missouri with her sister, Edna. She got a job working at White Castle as a car hop and met Daddy this way. They were married 14 years before divorcing. However they continued to have an amicable relationship while raising me and my siblings.

Daddy wanted Mama to stay home and take care of us. She thought that was one of the best things she could have done for her children. Being a stay-at-home mother allowed her to be very involved in our education. While going to public schools, we didn’t ride buses but we usually lived within walking distance of our schools and she was very devoted at walking us to and from. Just to have that kiss and hug before school was comforting and the excitement at seeing her face again at the end of a long day of learning was everything. Two incidents which she liked to revisit and have us laughing at were: 1) being called to Simmons-Marshall School when my brother Billy would fall out on the playground playing dead one too many times 2) the day she couldn’t walk me to school and it fell upon Billy and his friends to drop me off. That day she opened the door to find that I had walked home from school at only 4 years of age because he had left me at the school’s gate instead of taking me inside. Mama said I had an angel guiding me…I wonder if it was that man I encountered along the way and stopped to talk to. I wish I could remember the conversation! (I vaguely remember Charles Henry Turner school but Billy says it was actually St. Matthew’s Catholic church school).

Mama volunteered at McKinley Elementary School where me and my sister, Tina, were enrolled. This eventually landed her a job as the ice cream lady working in the cafeteria where she could also see me and Tina when we came to eat. We could get ice cream on the days she didn’t have any money…on credit…then it came out of her check haha! Credit was also extended to teachers and staff because she was nice like that and the administration trusted her. In the end, she always collected from whoever owed because the trust was mutual and she was an excellent bookkeeper. The other jobs that she held were as a car hop and cashier at White Castle (where she first met Daddy), a cashier at Uncle Richard’s liquor store, Woolworth, La Merite Bridal Shop, Family Dollar, Burger King and a fast food pizza restaurant inside the famed Admiral boat. She worked mostly in retail and food service which suited her talkative and lively personality.

Mama died of pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver (not related to alcohol) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. 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.

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Top left: page 4 of funeral program. Top right: headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1950 Birth Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 123-50
Name: Margaret Ruth Sledge
Date of birth: 21 Feb 1950
Place of birth: Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi
Name of father:
Birthplace of father:
Name of mother: Lillian Sledge
Birthplace of mother: Noxubee County, Mississippi
Informant:

1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
LIST OF EDUCABLE CHILDREN
County: Noxubee
Town: Macon
Street or R. F. D.:
School Dist.:
Attendance Center: Macon (Separate) Col.
Race: Negro
Names of Parents or Guardians (Family Name): Sledge, Lillian
Names of Children (GIven Name): Sledge, Margaret
Line number: 24
Age: 7
Month Born: Feb
Sex: female
School:
Ward:
Address:
Sec. T. R.:
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957
Digital Folder Number 004625773
Image Number 01249

2006 Death Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 124-06203663
Name: Margaret Ruth Gregory
Date of death: 27 Oct 2006
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri [county]
Name of father: Sam Williams
Name of mother: Lillian Sledge
Informant: [private]

United States Social Security Death Index
first name: Margaret
middle name: R
last name: Gregory
name suffix:
birth date: 21 February 1950
social security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
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

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“My mama was a shining example of forgiveness ever since I can remember. If someone hurt her, she would usually not respond in kind and turn the other cheek” (TRG)

Obituary/Funeral Program

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: info@laynemortuary.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].

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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

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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.

1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children
1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children

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.

1.  The house on 3915 St. Louis Ave where at only 4 years old, I mysteriously found my way back to it from my school 2. Simmons-Marshall School where Billy attended, it was right down the street from our house 3. The front of Charles Henry Turner School, where I went to head start? It looks so familiar, especially on the side where the gate leads to the playground. I wish Mama were here to confirm 4.  The side of Charles Henry Turner School. You can see the Simmons-Marshall School in the background 5. The front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3 with gym on 2nd floor and cafeteria in the basement 6. The back and side of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3, attached gymnasium in foreground 7. What used to be the front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades 4-6, administration, music and library. Now demolished as of 2011. I spent my last year in 4th grade here before being bused the next school year to a predominantly white school in Fenton, Missouri for participation in the "desegregation program". I was SO happy at McKinley and was sad to leave but I understand that Mama just wanted a better education for me and Tina
1. The house on 4925 St. Louis Ave where at only 4 years old, I mysteriously found my way back to it from my school 2. Simmons-Marshall School where Billy attended, it was right down the street from our house 3. The front of Charles Henry Turner School, where I went to head start? It looks so familiar, especially on the side where the gate leads to the playground. I wish Mama were here to confirm 4. The side of Charles Henry Turner School. You can see the Simmons-Marshall School in the background 5. The front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3 with gym on 2nd floor and cafeteria in the basement 6. The back and side of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3, attached gymnasium in foreground 7. What used to be the front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades 4-6, administration, music and library. Now demolished as of 2011. I spent my last year in 4th grade here before being bused the next school year to a predominantly white school in Fenton, Missouri for participation in the “desegregation program”. I was SO happy at McKinley and was sad to leave but I understand that Mama just wanted a better education for me and Tina

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

Processional
Scripture
Prayer…..Rev. Robert Houston
Selection…..Evlean Colyer
Acknowledgment of Expressions of Sympathy…..Tina Gregory
Tribute…..Tina Gregory
Condolences
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
Benediction
Recessional

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Acknowledgement

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

Dear Mama,

Are you really gone? 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
(314) 381-6900

BURIAL:

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
Inter #: 512253
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Margaret R Gregory
M/F: F
Burial date: 4 Nov 2006
Age: 56
Section: 033
Row:
Lot: 0182

Find A Grave Memorial
Name: Margaret Ruth “Reese/Ree” Sledge Gregory
Birth: Feb. 21, 1950
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Oct. 27, 2006
Florissant
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-2q
Family links:
Parents:
Sam Williams (1892 – 1979)
Lillian Claudell Sledge (1917 – 2013)
Spouse: Curtis Allen Gregory (1946 – 1994)
Inscription:
Margaret R Gregory
Feb 21, 1950
Oct 27, 2006
Mother of perpetual help pray for us
Note: Age 56
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 033, Lot 0182
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805669

SOURCES:

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

1950 Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi birth certificate –> copy of certified copy of birth record from the personal collection of Tara Renee GREGORY –> State of Mississippi –> State Registrar of Vital Statistics –> Jackson, Mississippi –> 19 March 1968 –> http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/31,0,109.html

1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children –> “Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6D-3HRT : accessed 25 September 2015), Margaret Sledge, 1957.

Mississippi Civil Rights Project, History County-By-County –> School Desegregation in Noxubee County –> http://fur.ly/cd57

Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) –> Sovereignty Commission Online –> Sanders, Rev. Benny –> Pages 1-6 –> Elbert Hilliard to MDAH Board, January 24, 1977, Series 1250: Minutes and Related Material, folder “Regular Quarterly Meeting, January 28, 1977,” box 5531, MDAH; Erle Johnston, Mississippi’s Defiant Years, 1953-1973: An Interpretive Documentary with Personal Experiences (Forest, Miss.: Lake Harbor Publishers, 1990), 379-380; Katagiri, The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, 415-418; “Department of Archives and History, Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee Board of Trustees, March 11, 1977,” Series 1250, folder “Executive Committee Meeting, March 11, 1977,” box 5331; Laws of Mississippi, 1977, Chapter 320, 447-448; Clarion-Ledger, January 28, 1977, March 3, 1977, March 7, 1977, March 20, 1977, May 22, 1977; Daily News, January 28, 1977. –> http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/sovcom/colldesc.php

2006 St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri death certificate –> copy of the certified copy of the original from the personal collection of Tara Renee GREGORY –> State of Missouri –> Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> Jefferson City, Missouri –> 1 November 2006 –> http://health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords

2006 Funeral program –> original from the personal collection of Tara Renee GREGORY –> also published in Obituaries at FuneralNet http://bit.ly/zO4MHB

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VS9G-G2F : accessed 9 November 2015), Margaret R Gregory, 27 Oct 2006; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010 –> Home –> Catholic Cemeteries –> Burial Search –> Calvary –> Lot: 0182 –> http://bit.ly/1aKTgyE

Find A Grave –> Memorial for Margaret Ruth “Reese/Ree” SLEDGE nee GREGORY –> Maintained by TaraG, member #47897707 –> Created by T.V.F.T.H., member #6496806 –> http://bit.ly/MVBVoH

Screen capture of the front of McKinley Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri (building for grades KG-3 with gym and cafeteria) –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbtd

Screen capture of the side/back of McKinley Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri (building for grades KG-3 with gym and cafeteria) –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbta

Screen capture of the front of McKinley Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri (now demolished building for grades 4-6, administration, music and library) –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbti

Screen capture of Simmons-Marshall School on St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbtv

Screen capture of 3915 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbty

Screen capture of the front of Charles Henry Turner School, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbuk

Screen capture of the side of Charles Henry Turner School, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbum

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Curtis Allen GREGORY

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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
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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?
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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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Collection Of Names For Family Tree

bgswmirror4All of the names you provide me with will be added to the family tree I maintain on the website Ancestry.com, Roots Magic and Legacy Family Tree genealogy software. Only fill out what you are comfortable with. No pressure and no hard feelings to complete the questions because I realize that people are private and not everyone in my family are interested in genealogy and the family tree 🙂

Instructions: copy and paste questions into an email and send to taragregory.bgsw@yahoo.com

Full name:

Father’s full name:

Names of father’s parents including his mother’s maiden name:

Mother’s full name including maiden name:

Names of mother’s parents including her mother’s maiden name:

Full names of siblings (only maiden names for sisters):

Full name of spouse including her maiden name:

Names of spouse’s parents including his/her mother’s maiden name:

Full names of children:

Attach any pictures you want me to add to the blog (identify each individual in the picture by name).

When complete, please send to taragregory.bgsw@yahoo.com

Please forward this link to other family members you think would be interested in participating.

Once I get all of the names, I will start adding them to the family tree and this blog. Check out all of the last names I have added to the image at the of this post, WELCOME TO MY GENEALOGY BLOG.

Thanks,

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Welcome To My Genealogy Blog

This blog was created to help me organize my genealogy research and act as a backup system and repository for all of the information I have collected thus far and will continue to collect. I will be adding more to the family tree as they are found. BROUSSARD, GREGORY, SLEDGE and WILLIAMS are the main surnames in my family tree but are not excluded to those particular surnames (see the image below). DUCK and SANDERS are the surnames that I am researching for my brother (he has a different father). I intend to upload photos, certificates, newspaper articles, etc., with or without transcription. If you’d like to keep up with new posts, either click “follow by email” or enter your email address (located on the sidebar). Feel free to email me if you have additional information on any of these families or have questions: taragregory.bgsw@yahoo.com

Regards,

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We have family in LA, TX, MO, CA, SC, VA, TN, IL, MS, PA.

All surnames in the family tree so far are in the image below. Can you spot your surname? If not, submit it by following the instructions on this page, COLLECTION OF NAMES FOR FAMILY TREE.