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James Gregory
  • 79 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 10, 1932
  • Date of passing: Dec 31, 2011
Let the memory of James be with us forever

“Cowboy Jim”, James Carl Gregory, 79, a longtime resident of Creedmoor, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Durham Regional Hospital.   

A native of Wagoner County, Oklahoma, the son of the late Ben and Maudie Blalock Gregory.  He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of Concord Baptist Church and medically retired from Mt. Hope Finishing Company.  He played, sang and directed music throughout his life.  Riding horseback from California to North Carolina, he stopped in Creedmoor to water his horse and it was there he met his future wife Barbara.  He continued his journey to New York and then returning to Creedmoor where he and Barbara were married.    

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 5, 2012 in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Donnie Cash.  Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens.   

Surviving are his brother, Bill Gregory of California, a daughter, Dorthey Allen of Creedmoor, his caregiver and daughter, Charlene Allen of Creedmoor, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful pet, Todd.  He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Duke Gregory.   

Visitation will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Wednesday evening January 4, 2012 at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and other times at the home.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Londa Emery-Cutshaw on 10th April 2013

"Happy Birthday Uncle Jimmy I Love you and miss you dearly"

This tribute was added by Randy Johnson on 19th May 2012

"In '59 I was touched by Cowboy Jim. Richard Campbell, told the story of that day. ( & search Remembering Cowboy Jim) I traveled the world and have told the story of Cowboy Jim on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. Thank you, Mr. Jim Gregory, for a lifelong memory and tale to share with all who will listen. You aren't forgoten but the world is less without you."

This tribute was added by Londa Emery-Cutshaw on 5th January 2012

"Uncle jimmy will be forever in my heart I loved how he welcomed you into the family by singing to you. I know he is in heaven having one heck of a family reunion with his guitar in hand singing to his momma. I love you uncle jimmy and i will miss you!"

This tribute was added by Don Cutshaw on 5th January 2012

"I married Jim's sister Jeri, and got to know him before his trek across the country on horseback.  He became not only my brother but a very close friend, I will sorely miss him, and the music he sang to those he loved dearly.  "Jim, love you more or less""

This tribute was added by Paul Unger on 4th January 2012

"I have found memories of uncle Jim. He loved to sing and play his music.At grandma and grandpa's house uncle Jim asked cousins Pat, Fay, and Me to sing while he recorded us. I remembver cousin Jo and me welcoming Jim to Phoenix during his coast to coast horse ride.Jim will be missed by all who knew him. Our thought and prayers are with all especially Charlene. Love Lavonne and Paul Unger"

This tribute was added by Joe Haskins on 4th January 2012

"Playing drums for you was a great part of my life. May God bless you and keep you as I know He will. Your book about the crossing of the United States on horseback was great. God bless the family of Jim and know he was a truly kind and loving person."

This tribute was added by Ben Currin on 4th January 2012

"Howdy Partner!!!  Can't recall the number of times you greeted me that way.  I will always cherish my friendship with you & Barbara.  And---will always remember the band jobs back in the 60's (You, me, Bill Baker, Jackie Young, and "Little" Joe)!!! Rest in Peace, my brother & mentor!!!  The Cattle Are Calling!!!"

This tribute was added by Ellen Poe on 4th January 2012

"Jim was always loving and kind and meant a lot to us.  I remember when he rode his horse from CA to Creedmoor and met Barbara. She was also a very loving lady.  Thinking of you during this time and our prayers and thoughts are with you.   Ellen and Alex Poe"

This tribute was added by Bea McGhee on 4th January 2012

"JIM  GREGORY---What can I say ---such a lovin man.He was friends with everyone,he knew no strangers.I met Jim many years ago and i have beautiful memories of him.His memories will live on,He loved his family and wanted everyone to be treated the same..He is so happy now and i know he will always be lookin down on his family and friends sayin.."I LOVE YOU MORE"...I will never forget  jim.."

This tribute was added by Teri Bowman Murphy on 4th January 2012

"I grew up across the Rd. from Jim and Barbara. My memories are numerous. I was always invited over to see all the relics they aquired from their travels.Jim had so many stories and gifts to share. When I grew up and moved away I would visit when I returned to visit my Dad. I always felt welcome and was made to feel like I was someone special just like when I was a kid. My Deepest Sympathy!"

This tribute was added by Shelia Butts on 4th January 2012

"Can't begin to say how much Jim meant to me. He was always so loving, kind and treated me as though I were one of his kids. He had a smile and a heart as big as all outdoors and I never remember a time he didn't give me a big hug when he saw me. I will never forget our time in the recording studio together. He will be missed by everyone because to me he was something of a legend."

This tribute was added by Janice and Charlie Rogers on 4th January 2012

"Thinking of you during this time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you."

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Lynn Cox


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