Tony Pat Gregory, 58, died Friday morning Nov. 9, 2001, at the family home in Heavener. Tony was born in his grandparents home in Stapp, Okla. Tony will be remembered as a standout football player, first at Ramsey Junior High School in Fort Smith and later as an All-Conference halfback with the Heavener Wolves.
After graduation from Heavener and two years at Eastern State University in Wilburton, Tony enlisted in the Marine Corps National Guard and experienced his boot camp at
Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif. Tony followed in his dad's vocation and made his living as a mason, specializing in rock work and fireplaces.
Tony was an avid hunter and naturalist and spent 20 years stomping the grounds around Cripple Creek, Colo. Tony was a member of the Choctaw Nation, a member of the Elks Club in Cripple Creek, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Heavener and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Newburyport, Mass.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Oynotis Gregory, and younger brother, Steve, of Heavener.
He is survived by his son, Guy Gregory of Oklahoma City, three brothers, Dana, John and Jim Gregory, all of Heavener, two cousins that he considered his fifth and sixth brothers, Jerry Gregory of Pocola and Joe Gregory of Heavener and two aunts that he considered his only sisters, Ann Kirksey of Heavener and Marilyn Pledger of Poteau.
A memorial service will be held Monday morning, Nov. 12, 2001, at 11 a.m. in the Stapp-Zoe Baptist Church in Zoc, Okla., under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.