Rachel Gregory

Hamilton County

Rachel Smith Gregory, 95, was released from her earthly bonds to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 29, 2011, in a local assisted living facility. She was born on June 5, 1915, at the family home on Dailey Hill in the Boynton Community near Ringgold, Ga. She was a member of the National Honor Society at Central high School, from which she graduated in 1933. Rachel was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church since 1943 and a long-time member of the Grace Bible Class.Mrs. Gregory raised six children. She was bookkeeper and Manager of H.H. Gregory Heating and Air Conditioning Company, established by her late husband. As an accomplished seamstress, Mrs. Gregory individually tailored uniforms for students at Girls Preparatory School for 35 years.Because the hardships of the Great Depression prevented her from attending college, Rachel had a strong desire that her children receive advanced education. As her daughter, Linda, wrote, "Both of my Parents honored education, held up higher learning as a worthy and achievable goal and worked hard so that all six children could attend college."Mrs. Gregory was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Hamilton Gregory Sr.; parents, Charlie and Laura Dailey Smith; brother, Dailey Smith; and sisters, Ruth Keith, Velma Davis and Mary Keith.Survivors include five sons: Don (Judy) Lyons, of Signal Mountain, Tenn., David (Neda) Lyons, of Rising Fawn, Ga., Sid (Betty) Lyons, of Tunkhannock, Pa., Hamilton (Merrell) Gregory Jr., of Asheville, N.C., and Winborn (Marilyn) Gregory, of Paducah, Ky.; daughter, Linda (John) Higgins, of Los Lunas, N.M.; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and cousins, Merrill (Mildred) Dailey and Gladys Dailey (Brown) Nevels with whom she was reared following the untimely death of her parents.Rachel wished to acknowledge the friendship, support and care of two special individuals, neighbor and friend, Betty Smith, of Chattanooga, and longtime friend, Nannie Nell Freeman, of Ringgold, Ga.The family wishes to express special thanks to sitter and friend, Deborah Hundley, of Ringgold, Ga., and the very professional and caring staff of Summit View Assisted Living facility.The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the North Chapel. A service will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Bob Circeo officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Gregorys name may be made to Gideons International or WDYN radio. Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Hwy 153 in Hixson, Tenn. Please share your thoughts and condolences at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.

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