James W. Gregory, 88, passed away at home in Harrisburg in the loving arms of his wife Thursday May 21, 2020. Jim as he was known by his family and friends was born April 12, 1932 in Charlotte, North Carolina to the late Joseph and Virginia Gregory. Jim's love of newspapers spanned most of his career. Jim was a retired Copy Editor for The Patriot-News Co. for 20 years where he assumed duties of Wire Editor, Magazine Editor, Features Editor and Copy Desk Chief and Copy Editor until his retirement in November 1996. Jim served in the United States Marines 1949-1959 during the Korean Conflict. Jim was a Freelance Journalist for 5 years all over the U.S. He was a Sports Editor for The Richmond County Journal in Rockingham, N.C. where he did all the coverage of NASCAR races. He drove a Pace Car for Dirt Track races in North and South Carolina at their 3 tracks. He then became a Managing Editor at the Richmond County Journal at Rockingham, N.C. He was a Copy Editor at the Greenville News in Greenville, S.C. and a Copy Desk Chief at the Pottsville Republican in Pottsville, PA. After his retirement, he worked for Cremation Society of Pennsylvania and Zimmerman-Auer Funeral Home in Harrisburg. Jim was an avid Bowler at ABC North, ABC West, and Palmyra Bowling. He loved Sports especially the Phillies, the Sixers, Penn State and Clemson University to name a a few. He is survived by the love of his life - Fran N.Gregory who were married for 38 1/2 years. He is also survived by one sister Peggy Bell of Taylors, South Carolina; one nephew Steve Bell and one niece Cindy Bell Wade and husband Todd; 2 great nephews Brandon Wade and Parker Wade and his wife Sarah; and great-great nephew Preston, all from South Carolina. Special Thanks to Dr. Glen Daughtry, Ryan Hornung and Vanessa Santiago and the entire staff at Commerce Family Practice for their Love and Support over 34 years. Jim is also survived by his New Hope Church Family on Colonial Club Dr., Hbg where he was a member, his Goose Valley Family and his Cracker Barrel Family. He loved you all dearly !!!!!! Memorial Services are on hold at this time due to the COVID-19. Family requests no flowers be sent to the home. Memorial Contributions may be made to New Hope Church 584 Colonial Club Drive, Hbg PA 17112. Arrangements are being handled by Cremation Society of PA. Hbg
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Published in Patriot-News from May 22 to May 24, 2020.