We are truly sad to announce the passing of Claude Gregory Jr., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, was called home to eternal rest on August 19, 2023. Born on October 14, 1928, in Norfolk, Virginia, Claude lived a remarkable life filled with love, joy, and an unwavering dedication to his family and community. He was 94 years old at the time of his passing.
Claude’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to own and operate his own business, Gregory’s Fleet Supply. Through his hard work and determination, he found success and became a respected figure in his field. However, his true passions lay beyond the office walls.
Outside of work, Claude found great solace in nature. He loved working in his garden, nurturing vibrant blooms that brought beauty and serenity to his surroundings. Additionally, he enjoyed the challenge and camaraderie of playing golf, spending countless hours on the greens, perfecting his swing, and forging lasting friendships with fellow golf enthusiasts.
Claude was also deeply committed to his Masonic Lodge community. As a member for over 60 years, he held a special place within the hearts of his brethren at Ruth 89 A.F. & A.M., Ionic Royal Arch Chapter 46, and Khedive Temple. His dedication and loyalty to his brothers were unwavering, leaving an indelible mark on the organization.
As we bid farewell to Claude, we remember him not only for the roles he filled but for the love he shared with those around him. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Norma T. Gregory, parents Claude and Hattie, and sister Marvis Powers. Claude’s memory will forever be cherished by his daughter Deborah Foxwell, son Kim Gregory and Faye, grandson C.K. Gregory and wife Jennifer, granddaughter Courtney Gregory, great-grandson Tripp, and his two very special caregivers, #1 Rita Foreman and #2 Erica Foreman. He also leaves behind a host of extended family members and friends, each touched by his kindness, generosity, and wisdom.
To honor Claude’s remarkable life, a celebration of life will be held on September 10, 2023, at 2:00pm at Baylake United Methodist Church. This gathering of loved ones will serve as a testament to the impact Claude had on all who had the privilege of knowing him.
In our hearts, Claude’s memory will forever remain an inspiration. May we carry his love, kindness, and passion forward, embracing life with the same vigor and devotion that he did. Rest in peace, dear Claude, knowing that you have left an enduring legacy that will continue to touch countless lives for generations to come.