Espy Paul Gregory

August 15, 1932 ~ July 19, 2020 (age 87)


Espy Paul Gregory, 87, of Statesville, passed away, Sunday, July 19, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Gregory was born August 15, 1932 in Iredell County and was the son of the late Arthur and Della Mae Goble Gregory. He was a graduate of Celeste Henkel High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1951-1953. On June 7, 1952, he married the late Thelma Geneva Miller Gregory, who passed away May 13, 2014. Following his service to his country, he worked for Carnation Milk and later worked for Fiber Industries in Salisbury and Florence, SC for many years. He enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves, UNC Tarheels, NASCAR and gardening. He believed you should plant your tomato seeds on April 1st, so he can eat them on July 1st

He is survived by three children, Tony Gregory (Tammy) of Statesville, Roger Gregory (Theresa) of Maryville, TN, Kathy G. Nixon (Rick) of Marietta, GA; five grandchildren, Timberly Gregory, Daniel Gregory, Kelsey N. Shepperd, Ryan Nixon, Reed Nixon; three great grandchildren, Kaden, Eveylnn and Tucker Shepperd along with four siblings, Marie G. Houston, Shirley G. Shaver, Wanda G. Potts and Jimmy Gregory all of Statesville.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Jean Parker, Betty G. Lippard, Margaret Ashley and two brothers, Glenn and Bill Gregory.

Graveside funeral services will be held 4:00pm Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Sharon Lutheran Church Cemetery with Pastor Paul W. St. Clair officiating. Mr. Gregory will lie in state at Troutman Funeral Home on Tuesday from 12:00-3:00pm.

Memorials may be made to Sharon Lutheran Church, 2135 Island Ford Rd., Statesville, NC 28625 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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Graveside Service
July 21, 2020

4:00 PM
Sharon Lutheran Church
2135 Island Ford Rd
Statesville, NC 28625


Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County
2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville NC 28625

Sharon Lutheran Church
2135 Island Ford Rd., Statesville NC 28625

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