ForeverMissed

“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.  

Posted by Joe Haskins on December 31, 2018
We (Ben and Joe) were kids wanting to play music and you let us; love you for that. A true gentleman. I continue missing you and your music.
Posted by Ben Currin on December 31, 2018
I'll always remember you Jim, and Barbara!!! You were a huge influence on me by being a true gentleman , and your music. Continue to rest in peace, "partner"!
Posted by Joe Haskins on April 10, 2018
Yes Partner, you are still missed and the many songs you entertained so many with . We all love you. "Four Walls" , my favorite.
Posted by Ben Currin on April 10, 2018
Howdy partner!!! Have a happy birthday, cause---The Cattle Are Calling!!!
Posted by Ben Currin on December 31, 2017
Howdy partner, I can still hear your beautiful singing voice doing still, my favorite songs---Four Walls , Cattle Call, You are My Sunshine, etc!! Save me a spot in that Heavenly Choir!!!
Posted by Ben Currin on April 10, 2017
Happy Birthday Jim!!! I know you are singing in Heaven!
Posted by Ben Currin on December 31, 2016
Five years have passed, & Cowboy Jim---you are still missed. The memories of you & your music in my life will live forever!!!
Posted by Londa Emery-Cutshaw on April 10, 2013
Happy Birthday Uncle Jimmy I Love you and miss you dearly
Posted by Randy Johnson on May 19, 2012
In '59 I was touched by Cowboy Jim. Richard Campbell, told the story of that day. (thetimesnews.com & 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.
Posted by Londa Emery-Cutshaw on January 5, 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!
Posted by Don Cutshaw on January 5, 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"
Posted by Paul Unger on January 4, 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
Posted by Joe Haskins on January 4, 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.
Posted by Ben Currin on January 4, 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!!!
Posted by Ellen Poe on January 4, 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
Posted by Bea McGhee on January 4, 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..
Posted by Teri Bowman Murphy on January 4, 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!
Posted by Shelia Butts on January 4, 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.

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Posted by Joe Haskins on December 31, 2018
We (Ben and Joe) were kids wanting to play music and you let us; love you for that. A true gentleman. I continue missing you and your music.
Posted by Ben Currin on December 31, 2018
I'll always remember you Jim, and Barbara!!! You were a huge influence on me by being a true gentleman , and your music. Continue to rest in peace, "partner"!
Posted by Joe Haskins on April 10, 2018
Yes Partner, you are still missed and the many songs you entertained so many with . We all love you. "Four Walls" , my favorite.
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Shared by Nancy Dail on January 5, 2012

Sometime in the middle to late '80's, I was working a part-time job for Hardbarger's Junior College soliciting applications out on the NC Fairgrounds.  A short, little man approached me to ask if I ever had occasion for a band or knew anyone who did because he had a band.  He was very nice and I told him that I'd been in bands for a number of years but was currently not in one.  Somehow, that began my musical association with Jim.  I've taken time to thank Jim through the years for all he taught me along my musical career but somehow, with his joining the "Heavenly Choir", I realize more fully that he was one of God's Angels who came to me at a time when I really needed an Angel.  He was always kind, caring, honest-----not only with me-----but WOW, the "smiles"/"happiness" he shared with folks-----just to see him smile.  His warmth was so genuine and everflowing.  It was so delightful to have known both Barbara and Jim, and my life is ever so enriched by our paths crossing that Summer's day.  Though we all shall miss him, we're all better people for having known him, and we'll just have to carry on "spreading sunshine" in this world in which we live!