Lawrence William Gregory, 72, of Sneedville, was reborn in God’s everlasting light Monday, June 29, 2020 after passing over peacefully from a stroke at Johnson City Medical Center.

Lawrence was a lifelong member Chinquapin Baptist Church. He attended Hancock County High School and graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was also a decorated Vietnam veteran. He worked for several years as a senior loan officer for Production Credit Association and Farm Credit. He sold cars for several auto dealerships, notably Over Home Auto Sales in Morristown with his lifelong friend Ron Lawson. His passion was always farming and he worked his farm in Sneedville all the way until his untimely passing. He loved to read and study history whenever he could. He also loved nature, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a very compassionate man who loved to help others whenever possible and will be missed by many.

He was born in Sneedville on February 14, 1948, son of the late Kyle Gregory and Cora Lee Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Ellen Taylor; and his sister, Betty Seal.

He is survived by his daughter, Wendy Kitts of Morristown; his son, Timothy Gregory of Knoxville; his siblings, Eleanor McCoy and Kyle Gregory Jr., both of Sneedville; several grandchildren, Summer, Kiersten, Chelsea, Faith, Donovan and Drake Gregory; special friend, Shelby Mullins, as well as a host of friends and relatives.

A memorial burial service was held Friday, July 3 at Carpenter Family Cemetery on Singleton Road in Sneedville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Lawrence William Gregory, C/O Tim Gregory, 6632 Greenview Dr., Knoxville TN 37918 or Wendy Kitts, 557 Roddy Dr., Morristown TN 37814.

Arrangements by McNeil Funeral Home.

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