Andy GREGORY Dessie Lea GREGORY Alpha Josephine GREGORY Alfred Andrew GREGORY Living GREGORY Living GREGORY Living GREGORY Living GREGORY Living COX Wanda June GREGORY Living GREGORY Living GREGORY Alpharetta Mae GREEN Mini tree diagram
Everett Wayne GREGORY

Everett Wayne GREGORY10,2,3,11,4,5,12,13,7,8,6,14,9

15th Aug 19231,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 - 13th Apr 20092,6,7

Life History

15th Aug 1923

Born in Purdy, Garvin, Oklahoma.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

12th Apr 1930

Resident Enumerated in the 1930 census as a son of Andy & Retta Gregory, Lindsay Township in Lindsay, Garvin, Oklahoma.5

13th Oct 1943

Military: Enlistment for WWII; he was drafted and served 7 months before being captured by the Germans in Italy. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.8

about 1944

Military service: basic training at Camp Walters, Texas; a machine gunner, wounded at Bologna, Italy with shrapnel from a grenade in his leg after about seven months of combat; was then taken prisoner by the Germans and kept in a prison camp for 6 months in Bolgna, Italy.6

Dec 1945

Military: released from German prison camp and discharged Dec 1945.6

13th Apr 2009

Died in Erin Springs, Garvin, Oklahoma.2,6,7

Cause of Death Coronary Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, due to Coronary Artery Disease

15th Apr 2009

Buried in Erin Springs Cemetery, Erin Springs, Garvin, Oklahoma.6,7

Other facts


Married Living COX


Birth of daughter Living GREGORY


Birth of son Living GREGORY


Birth of son Living GREGORY


Birth of son Living GREGORY


  • "Everett (born August 1923) married a local girl, Marie "Tootie" Cox, three years after his Army discharge.  They married in January 1948 and have spent all their days together at Rocky Point.  They farmed and ran cattle in addition to Everett retiring from REC after twenty-one years of service.  They have four children: Rita [Reta] Faye, born in 1950, lives in Glendale, AZ;  Larry, born in 1952, lives a little northeast of his parents; Terry, born in 1955, lives in Chickasha, OK and Alfred, born in 1961, lives next to his parents.  Everett bought their home place from his parents in 1952 and they continue to run cattle and garden in Rocky Point.  January 26, 2008, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary."
    --  Pikes Peak History Book 1908-2008, pp 27, courtesy of Loretta Gregory Gay of Lindsay, Oklahoma, January 2020

    1930 Federal Census, Garvin County, Oklahoma, 12 April, Lindsay, District 10, page 7B, Hse #92, Fam #109
    Gregory, Andy Head M W 37 TN TN AL General Farming
    Gregory, Retta  Wife  F W 34 OK TX GA General Farming Labor
    Gregory, Everett  Son  F W 6 OK TN GA

    As the only boy among the children, Everett was called "Son" by not only his parents but all his sisters.

    I was always close to Uncle Everett.  I was the oldest nephew and spent a lot of time with him on the farm and around town on our visits up there from Quanah, Texas.

    When I was a kid and into my adulthood, he would take me around the farm with him in his work with the cattle. At one time I remember he let me ride his horse. He would tell me about his terrible experiences in the European war, especially about the time when he and his platoon were captured.  He had a harrowing experience as a prisoner of war.

    I always felt comfortable with him.  When I was young he used to take me into own and introduce me to all his friends. When I got to return from overseas to visit, he would talk to me about his work and we always talked about cattle and business. I loved him very much.

    1940 Federal Census, Garvin County, Oklahoma, 8 April, Lindsay, District 25-12, page: 5B, House 50, Rented
    Gregory, Andy Head M W 47 born Tenn Rural Garvin Co in 1935 Farming
    Gregory, Reta [Retta] Wife M W 44 born Okla Rural Garvin Co in 1935
    Gregory, Everett W 16 born Okla Rural Garvin Co in 1935

    U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Everett W Gregory
    Birth 1923, Oklahoma
    Residence Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Enlistment 13 Oct 1943 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Private, Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
    2 years of high school
    Single, without dependents

    Online Memorial
    B G Boydston Funeral Home, Lindsay, Oklahoma

    Everett Wayne Gregory was born in Purdy, Garvin County, Oklahoma on August 15, 1923 to Andy and Alpharetta Mae (Green) Gregory and passed from this life on April 13, 2009 in his home in Erin Springs, Oklahoma at the age of 85 years, 7 months and 28 days.

    Everett had lived in Garvin County most of his life except for the time he served in the U.S. Army. He was drafted in October 1943 and did his basic training at Camp Walters, Texas. He was a machine gunner and had seen about seven months of combat before he was wounded at Bologna, Italy.

    A grenade left him wounded with shrapnel in his leg. He was then taken a German prisoner of war. After being in captivity for six months, he was released and later discharged in December 1945. After leaving the army he continued to farm and raise cattle with his father. On January the 31st, 1948, he married Vesta Marie Cox who was his wife for over 61 years. They set up their own household and began their family. In February 1952 they moved to his parents farm in the Rocky Point community. They purchased the family farm in the 1950s, where the couple continued to farm and raise cattle. Marie was a stay at home mom, and Everett began working outside the farm. He retired from Rural Electric Cooperative after 29 years. At that time, he was the purchasing agent.

    Everett gave his heart to the Lord many years ago; but, he later rededicated his life and became a member of the Erin Springs Baptist Church. He loved reading his Bible, attending Sunday school and church, the mens breakfasts and Senior suppers. He was also a member of the American Legion. Everett loved his farm, his cattle, and he adored his family. He thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.

    Everett is survived by his wife Marie, his children, Reta Hayes and husband Dennis of Glendale, Arizona, Larry Gregory of Lindsay, Terry Gregory of Chickasha, Alfred Gregory and wife Pam of Lindsay, his grandchildren; Kees Campbell and Jason Hayes, Robbie and wife Andrea Williams, Kaylee Ezell, LeeVon McCoy, Logan Gregory, Dock Patrick Gregory, Hale Gregory, Kaleb Trammell and Lauren Gregory, and his great-grandchildren; Molly Hayes, Aiden Williams, Gavyn Williams, Tayslee Williams and Adison Ezell, and also Chrystal Field and son Ethan. He is also survived by his sisters; Lou Ila Jenkins, Wanda June Trout and husband Roy and Loretta Gay and husband Joseph, all of Lindsay.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, an older brother, Alfred Andrew Gregory, and two older sisters, Dessie Spann and her husband Ernest and Josephine Hayes and husband Roy Jackson Hayes.

    Funeral services for Everett will be Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Erin Springs Baptist Church with interment in the Erin Springs Cemetery. Officiating the service will be Brother Bryan Shaw, Brother Bill Love and Brother Joe Elam. Services are under the direction of B.G. Boydston Funeral Home of Lindsay, Oklahoma. Condolences for the family may be made online at
    --  Boydston Funeral Home,

    Oklahoma Certificate of Death
    Everett Wayne Gregory
    Social Security #448-32-8238
    Residence Rt 3, Lindsay, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Born 15 August 1923 Purdy (Garvin County), Oklahoma
    Father Andy  Gregory, Mother Alpharetta Mae Green
    Surviving Spouse Vesta Marie Cox
    Occupation Purchasing Agent, Electric Cooperative (Retired)
    Death 13 April 2009 in the home at 7:00 AM
    Cause of Death Coronary Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, due to Coronary Artery Disease
    Burial Erin Springs Cemetery, Erin Springs, Garvin, Oklahoma
    By B G Boydston Funeral Home, Lindsay, Oklahoma
    Informant's name Alfred L Gregory, Rt 3, Lindsay, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Death Certified 28 April 2009
    Registered Locally 1 May 2009, State 7 May 2009

    Everett's sister, my mother Lou Jenkins, wrote a poem for his funeral.

    In Memory of My Brother -- Everett Wayne Gregory
    By Lou Ila Jenkins

    I loved him with all my heart
    It was so sad when we had to part
    But I know he's happy in his home above
    Where there's always happiness, peace and love

    We lived on the farm in our growing my years
    We witnessed laughter, contentment and some tears
    He's gone to Heaven to meet our God
    Where he'll never again till the sod

    We climbed trees and made mud pies
    And at night enjoyed the stars in the skies
    We rode stick horses and waded in the brook
    We ate good food; our Mother was such a good cook

    I'll miss him terribly till the day I die
    One day I'll meet him in that home on high
    His body is now sleeping beneath the sod
    But his soul has gone on to meet our God

    At my age, I know it can't be very long
    Before I'll be there with him singing a song
    --  From the papers of Lou Ila Jenkins, July 2019; written upon the death of her brother, April 2009

    Social Security Death Index
    Everett W. Gregory
    Born 15 Aug 1923
    Died 13 Apr 2009
    Last Residence Lindsay, Garvin, Oklahoma 73052
    SSN 448-32-8238 issued Oklahoma (1951)

    Everett Wayne Gregory
    Birth August 15, 1923 in Purdy, Garvin, Oklahoma
    Death April 13, 2009 in Erin Springs, Lindsay, Garvin, Oklahoma
    Marriage to (Private) 31 Jan 1948 Wichita Falls, Wichita, Texas
    --  Allen Family,

    I posted a memorial for Everett on Find a Grave, including his death certificate transcription and his obituary.

    Everett Wayne Gregory
    Birth Aug 15, 1923 Purdy, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Death Apr 13, 2009 Erin Springs, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Online Memorial Obituary [as found above in this profile]
    Andy Gregory (1892 - 1975)
    Alpharetta Mae Green Gregory (1895 - 1963)
    Spouse Vesta Marie Gregory (1924 - ____)
    Dessie Lea Gregory Spann (1915 - 2003)
    Alpha Josephine Gregory Hayes (1917 - 2005)
    Alfred Andrew Gregory (1919 - 1920)
    Wanda June Gregory Trout (1927 - 2013)
    Burial Erin Springs Cemetery, Erin Springs, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    Created by Orville Jenkins Feb 23, 2015
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #142963928,

    Though a search had not indicated a memorial for Everett, after posting mine, I found there was a previous one, Find A Grave Memorial #37678131.


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