Joyce Marie Gregory Obituary

  • Joyce Marie Gregory
    In Loving Memory of

    Joyce Marie Gregory

    Birth Date: Apr 3rd, 1924 Death Date: Mar 12th, 2016
    Joyce Marie Gregory, 91, of Palestine went to her heavenly home for a reunion with her husband, son, and a host of family and friends on March 12, 2016.

    She was born April 3, 1924, in Electra, Texas and was the ninth of fifteen children born to Lula Frances Kid Martin and General Clarence Martin.

    She moved to Palestine with her family as a teenager. On December 5, 1942, she married the love of her life, J.L. Gregory. In 1946 after his service in the U.S. Navy in Corpus Christi, they relocated back to Palestine to rear their two children. They enjoyed family and friend time fishing, camping, and watching nature. Joyce was a homemaker and enjoyed tending her flowers. She was a long time member of Lone Pine Baptist Church.

    Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, J.L. Gregory Sr. (2011); son, J.L. "Sonny" Gregory Jr., (1969); parents, and twelve siblings.

    Survivors are daughter, Sharon Roberts and husband Glenn; grandsons, Craig McKenzie and wife Lori, Bryce McKenzie and wife Tanya Solis-McKenzie; five grandchildren, Chelsi West and husband Jason, Cade McKenzie, Amber McKenzie, Ella McKenzie, and Clara McKenzie; sister, Irene Martin Wilson of Palestine; brother, Harold Lloyd Martin of San Antonio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Graveside services were held at Land of Memory Cemetery at 3:00 pm, on Sunday March 13, 2016 under the direction of Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Donations in memory of Joyce Gregory may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, Texas 75701 or to Lone Pine Baptist Church, Palestine, Texas.

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