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John Arna Gregory

December 25, 1930 — May 29, 2021

Mr. John Arna Gregory, Jr., age 90, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Murray Calloway County Hospital.
He was born on December 25th, 1930, in Harlan, Kentucky, and was preceded in death by his father, John Arna Gregory, Sr., his mother, Lilla Keane Gregory, his sister, Frances Anne Gregory Fulton, and his niece, Karla Fulton.
Mr. Gregory is survived by his wife of 65 years, Charlotte Anne O'Keefe Gregory, his daughters Anne Louise Mills (David) and Charlotte Keane Hale (Ben), three grandchildren, John Arna Gregory Mills, Anthony David Mills, Jr. (Kristine), and Charlotte Anne Hale Sexton (Matt), and two great-grandchildren, James "Jay" Archer Sexton and Turner Reed Mills.
Mr. Gregory graduated from Harlan High School in 1948, Centre College of Kentucky in 1952, and University of Kentucky College of Law in 1955, where he was the Note Editor for the Kentucky Law Journal.
From 1956 to 1959, Mr. Gregory served as a captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps.
In his professional career, Mr. Gregory joined the law firm of Nat Ryan Hughes, Murray, in 1959. After the death of Mr. Hughes, Sid Easley joined the firm in 1981 and the firm name became Gregory and Easley. Mr. Gregory was a member of the Calloway County Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, American Bar Association, Board of Directors of Kentucky Defense Council for two terms from 1978 to 1984, Centre College of Kentucky Alumni Board of Directors, Attorney's Defense Institute, and Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. He also served as the attorney for the Murray Electric System from 1981 to 2011.
Mr. Gregory was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Murray, Kentucky, where he served as a Clerk of the Board of Elders and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Gregory had a lifetime love of hunting and fishing, and especially enjoyed his many birddogs and hunting companions. He was proud to have been an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America in Harlan, Kentucky.
Visitation for Mr. Gregory will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Expressions of Sympathy can be made to First Presbyterian Church Outreach, 1601 Main Street, Murray, Ky, or Humane Society of Calloway County, P.O. Box 764, Murray, Ky.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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