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OBIT: Mrs. Irene Morgan Gregory, Age 87, Of Tanglewood

Mrs. Irene Morgan Gregory, of the Tanglewood Community died at the age of 87 at 1:48 p.m. Wednesday afternoon April 26, 2017 at the Tanglewood home of her daughter under the special care of Gentiva Hospice following a period of declining health.

Her minister, Edward L. Anderson officiated at the Saturday morning April 30th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and her youngest brother Henry, delivered the eulogy. Following the 11 a.m. services burial followed in the Ridgewood Cemetery.

Born Edith Irene Carter in Athens in Limestone County, Alabama on October 9, 1929, she was born the fourth of eight children of the late James Allen Carter and Myrtle Armstrong Carter.

She was preceded in death by six of her siblings, two sisters, Earline Carwile and Lorene Moran; four brothers, Fred, Charlie, Wesley and Roy Carter.

On November 13, 1948 in Athens, AL she was united in marriage to Athens native Lonnie Muriel Morgan who came to Carthage as a watch repairman in 1963 for Carthage Jewelry and at the time of his death was co-owner of the Harrison-Morgan Jewelers on Third Avenue East in Carthage.

Mr. Morgan preceded Mrs. Irene in death at the age of 40 on November 4, 1969 after suffering a stroke.

Mrs. Morgan was later wed to Pleasant Shade Community resident Dallas Edwin Gregory on July 2, 1988 and he preceded her in death on March 10, 2004 at the age of 77.

Two daughters preceded her in death, Peggy Joyce Morgan Harville who died as the result of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 19 on April 10, 1971 and Kathy Dianne Morgan Swann who died from an intracranial hemorrhage at the age of 53 on March 16, 2008.

Mrs. Morgan-Gregory had been a member of the Carthage Church of Christ since 1963.

An accomplished seamstress, she was employed at the Carthage Shirt Corporation for many years and retired from the Key Hollow Corporation in Monoville.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law who had loving cared for her in their home, Gail and R. W. Vincent of the Tanglewood Community; brother, Henry Carter and wife Paulette of Athens, Alabama; four step-daughters, Phyllis Gregory Rigsby and husband Dow of Pleasant Shade, Joyce Gregory Hesson and husband Daniel of the Russell Hill Community, Sarah Gregory Cotton and husband Danny, Doris Russell and husband James all of Lafayette; six grandchildren, Peggy Lee Faustina of Carthage, Russell Vincent of Carthage, Kristie Hassler and husband Jeremy of Riddleton, Lonnie Swann and wife Melanie Blair Swann of the Monoville Community, Doug Swann and wife Wynne Presley Swann of Cookeville, Eric Swann and wife Casey Hackett Swann of the Defeated Creek Community; sons-in-law, Bobby Swann and wife Lisa of the Defeated Creek Community, Barry Harville and wife Teresa Woodard Harville of Riddleton; ten great-grandchildren, ten step-grandchildren, eighteen step-great-grandchildren and seven step-great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Mina Carter and Alice Ann Carter both of Athens, AL; her devoted caregivers, Lisa Grace of Lafayette and Wanda Washer of South Carthage.

The family requests memorials to the Jackson County-Smith County Youth Camp.


Sanderson of Carthage