Leonard Calvin Gregory, aged 82, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2013, at his home in Pensacola, Florida. He was born August 12, 1931 in Lafayette, Tennessee to Elder Stephen Calvin and Betty Jenkins Gregory.
He was graduated from Macon County (TN) High School in 1949 and later studied English and Journalism at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. He also completed coursework at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL and Rice University in Houston, TX.
Gregory was editor and publisher of the Macon County Times from 1957-1965 during which the Times received two Tennessee Press Association awards for local feature writing and pictures. He also served as a sports and general correspondent for the Nashville (TN) Banner newspaper.
He left the newspaper business to enter the cable television industry in 1965 and managed cable television systems in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Texas over the next several years.
He was area vice president for Storer Cable Communications in the late seventies and eighties and was responsible for one of the largest operations in the cable television industry in the State of Florida. Gregory was elected Chairman of the Board of the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association in 1976 and also served on the boards of the Florida and Ohio Cable Telecommunications Associations.
In 1987, Gregory was named publisher of Private Cable plus Wireless, a trade publication for the wireless and private cable industries. In 1993-94, he published Wireless Cable Broadcasting magazine. In 2000, he and his wife, Frances, retired to Pensacola, FL.
Gregory was involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations including the Jaycees, Rotary International and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was a member of Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL. Earlier, he was ordained a deacon by Miami Lakes Baptist Church, Miami Lakes, FL.
He was married to the former Mary Frances Oldham, Hartsville, TN on April 8, 1950, in Corinth, MS and who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Elder Stephen Calvin and Betty Jenkins Gregory, brother, Charles E. Gregory, Lafayette, TN, sister, Sue Gregory Vermillion, Clarksville, TN, half-sister, Meddie Wilburn, Indianapolis, IN and half-brother, Thomas Lawrence Gregory, Lafayette, TN.
Gregory is survived by two sons, Stephen Wooten (Brenda) Gregory, Gainesville, FL and Leonard Keith (Linda) Gregory, Pensacola, FL; six grandchildren, Jason Gregory, Panama City, FL, Tristan (Matt) Gregory-Kimerling, Gainesville, FL, Bryan Gregory, Gainesville, FL, James (Ashley) Gregory, Asheville, NC, Calvin (Rebekah) Gregory, Pensacola, FL, and Anthony (Kristina) Gregory, Pensacola, FL; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Alexander Funeral Home, 209 E. Locust Street, Lafayette, Tennessee, on Saturday, January 4th at 11AM. Burial followed in Haysville Cemetery, Lafayette, Tennessee.
Memorial donations may be made to Covenant Hospice, 5041 N. 12th Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32504 or to the
Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.