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East Sylva Baptist Church
Wednesday April 3rd, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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East Sylva Baptist Church
Wednesday April 3rd, 2019

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Interment at: Keener Cemetery

Keener Cemetery
Wednesday April 3rd, 2019

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Willard Eugene Gregory

Willard Eugene “Gene” Gregory, age 87, of Sylva went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home. He was the son of the late Ed and Ellie Gregory and the husband of the late Margaret Ann Gregory.

He was a member and deacon at East Sylva Baptist Church. He worked as a stocker at Sav-Mor Grocery Store. He loved woodworking, working in his garden and canning jellies. Gene dearly loved his family.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Gene is survived by one daughter; Jean Ann Gregory Cunningham, two granddaughters; Leigh Ann Cunningham and Jessica Cunningham McHan and one great granddaughter; Kalyn McHan. He is also survived by two sisters; Inez Inman and Glee (Carl) Moore, one brother; Joe (Deanna) Gregory and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm at East Sylva Baptist Church with Rev. Reed Benson and Rev. Charles Dean officiating. Burial will follow in the Keener Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 until 2:00 pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Gene’s name to: East Sylva Baptist Church, 61 Faith Ave., Sylva, NC 28779.  

An online registry is available at: www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

Appalachian Funeral Services is serving the family.

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Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear loved one. Our loving Creator never planned for death to be part of his original plan. There is such a loving scripture found at Revelation 21:3 & 4 which reads: With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, And they will be his people, And God himself will be with them, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The Former things have passed away I hope these words help you find comfort and also give you hope for our near future. Can you imagine Living Forever on Earth under Beautiful conditions that will never end. If you would like further information on Gods promises from the Bible, Please visit our Free-Bible based website JW.ORG

Terry Greene Apr 15 2019 12:00 AM

Gene was a special man. I enjoyed working with him at Harold's Supermarket. My thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Jessie Wilson Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM

Gene was a wonderful friend and neighbor. I enjoyed the short time that I got to work with him at Harold's Supermarket. May God Bless the entire Gregory Family .

Benny Dillard Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

Gene was a good friend and special person. Always smiling and asking about the family. I'll miss him at SaveMor. He was a special person. So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all. Love, Sam and Nancy. We are out of town and can't make it to the fu eral.

Sam & Nancy Cogdill Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

Donna Wyatt Hunt Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willard Gregory

Donna Wyatt Hunt Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

You frather was a wonderful man to working with at harolds. We will be praying for you all.

Anna woodring Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willard Gregory

Anna woodring Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

This gentlemen was just that; a "gentle man" , kind, caring, helpful and SPECIAL to me. This man made a difference in my life. I never knew why he worked at Sav Mor but thought being out made a helped him around people with kindness and touched someone with his faith. Older adults have so much to give to younger ones, wisdom, experience, caring. Thank you Sav Mor for letting this man work in your store and touching others. You need more like him there

kathy wilson Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

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