BENTON - James Lee Gregory Sr., 66, died June 4, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born Dec. 30, 1940, in Morehouse, to the late Earl Theopolis and Mable Marie Pack Gregory, he had worked for 10 years at Hart's Bakery in Sikeston. An ordained minister for 35 years of Pentecostal Holiness, he served as a deacon for five years with North Street Pentecostal Holiness in Sikeston. He was a member of the Christian Mission in Benton, a bus driver for Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church in Sikeston and career foster parent for the state of Missouri, caring for more than 350 children.
On Jan. 31, 1959, in Bloomfield, he married Mildred Virginia Finney, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: eight sons, James Gregory II, Timothy Gregory, Keith Gregory, Richard Gregory and Brandon Gregory of Benton, Christopher Gregory of Vanduser, Scott Gregory of Oran and Charles Gregory of Cape Girardeau; five daughters, Sonjia Denece Stotler of Scott City, Heather Marie Gregory and Elizabeth Ann Gregory of Benton, Margaret Wren of Jackson and Susan Kurre of Sikeston; one brother, Thomas W. Gregory of Benton; five sisters, Billie Bell of Bloomfield and Deanie Bollinger, Alma Creed, Lou Nell Curtner and Bessie Ruth Eftink of Sikeston; and 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Glen Earl Gregory.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian Mission in Benton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. William Marshall will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Lightner Memorial Cemetery in Scott City.
Amick-Burnett Funeral Home of Scott City is in charge of arrangements.