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OBIT: Mrs. Ernestine Gregory

Mrs. Ernestine Gregory

Retired Smith County Sheriff’s Office employee Mrs. Ernestine Gregory died at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage at the age of 84. She was admitted August 13th suffering from acute kidney failure.

Mrs. Gregory’s pastor, Eld. Junior Dickerson and her son’s pastor, Eld. James “Pee Wee” Massey officiated at the 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon August 18th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed beside her husband in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

The oldest of four children, she was born Ernestine Rigsby in the Boultons Bend Community and was the only daughter of the late Ernest William Rigsby who died July 8, 1988 at the age of 79 and Annie Mai Baker who died on February 2, 2000 at the age of 86.

Two brothers preceded her in death, Frank and Kenneth Rigsby.

At the home of the late Eld. Phocian Gibbs on April 27, 1967, she was united in marriage to Dixon Springs Community native Guinn Alexander Gregory. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2008 at the age of 68 following just over forty one years of marriage.

Her husband served with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for over twenty four years before retiring as the chief Deputy for Smith County, a position he occupied for over seventeen years.

Mrs. Gregory was a 1952 graduate of Smith County High School where she a member of the Future Homemakers of America and the Future Homemakers of America craft club her junior and senior year.

Before her retirement in 2006, she had been employed under the term of former Smith County Sheriff Johnny Bane as office clerk and dispatcher for over eighteen years, beginning in 1988.

Mrs. Gregory was saved at an early age and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church, where she remained a member.

Surviving is her son, Shane Gregory and wife Christie; two grandchildren, Lowegan Alexander “Scooter” Gregory and Lauren Elizabeth “Peanut” Gregory all of the Bradford Hill Community; brother, Thomas Rigsby of Lebanon.

The Gregory family requests memorials to either the South Carthage Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund or the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church.