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By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

Ray Dean Gregory, age 74, of Mt. Juliet, died at 12:44 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 while undergoing lung surgery at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

Graveside services were conducted on Saturday, Feb. 16 with his minister, Barry Holt, officiating. Interment followed in the Beasley-Brooks section at the Dixon Springs Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life was Sunday, Feb. 17 from the Greater Nashville Church on Murfreesboro Road in Nashville where Mr. Gregory and his wife were members.

Born Ray Dean Gregory in Lebanon at the former McFarland Hospital on March 5, 1944, he was the only child of the late Ray Woodard Gregory, who died Sept. 25, 1989, at the age of 61 and Frances Melvadine Richmond Gregory, who died Dec. 8, 2009 at the age of 84.

On April 12, 1964 he was united in marriage to Carthage native Jean High, the daughter of the late Elisha and Shirley Sloan High.

He was a 1962 graduate of Trousdale County High School, where he was a member of the Yellow Jackets football team.

In 1972 he received an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology from Belmont University in Nashville and in 1974 received a Masters in Medical Technology from Vanderbilt University.

Not enjoying employment in the medical field and possessing a natural personality for a salesperson, he sold commercial trucks for Peterbilt in Nashville before joining the sales team at Neely-Coble Freightliner in Nashville, where he retired in January of 2017.

Surviving in addition to his wife are their two children; Connie Gregory and Mike Gregory, both of the Cato Community; two grandchildren, Hunter and Tiffany Gregory; three great-grandchildren, Caden, Casen and Cainen Potter.

The Gregory family requests memorials to either the Greater Nashville Church or their mission work, HOPE world wide.