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Reverend William "Bill" Durward Gregory

Reverend William "Bill" Durward Gregory
  • February 24, 1932 - March 5, 2018
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Fort Johnson Baptist Church Music Ministry
    1473 Camp Road
    Charleston, SC 29412

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“I just wanted to let you know I am thinking about your family and praying for you. I tell so many stories to my kids and grandchildren about my days...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Sexauer Brinson - Rock Hill, SC

“Bobby and I send the family our condolences. He is going to be missed. He was always someone we respected. We are blessed to have known him. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Bobby and Pam Morrow - Charleston, SC

“David and Tracy. We are saddened by your loss. We love you and here for you. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Steve & Tanya McDowell - Cary, NC

“Bill Gregory is the reason I'm in ministry...and I've been doing this for 47 years. When I was 15 years old he had me come by his office in the...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Frank Cone - Charleston, SC

“We know where your Dad is and we know all of you will be missing him until you see him again in Heaven. Our prayers are with you in this time of...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Shelby Credle - Apex, NC

“Prayers and Condolences ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Payal Vaidya - Pittsburgh, PA

“I knew Rev Gregory very well, he used to be my neighbor. His son (David)and I were good friends. I remember the family very well. I know he will be...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Charlie Howell - Charleston, SC

“Cathy and Joe, my deepest sympathy... May he rest peacefully and watch over you from above. Thoughts and prayers for you both and your family! ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Mark Ames - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Prayers to Bill, Cathy and David and Mrs. Gregory, What a wonderful person he was, I loved singing in the choir at Ashley River Baptist under his...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Carraway Smelser - FL

“Dearest Jane, Cathy, Dave, Bill Jr. & families, I am heartbroken for your loss. Bill was one-of-a-kind, & a man whom i held in highest esteem. He...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Lou O'Leary - Owensboro, KY

“Bill Gregory's commitment to the youth of Ashley River Baptist Church was responsible for me becoming a christian. He was a great man and he will be...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Johnny Hilton - Kathleen, GA


On March 5, 2018, Rev. William "Bill" Durward Gregory, 86, of Charleston, SC went home to his Heavenly Father, whom he served faithfully. A service of celebration will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel at Bishop Gadsden, One Bishop Gadsden Way. The family will be receiving guests following the service.

Bill was born and raised in Tuskegee, AL, where he received the call to Christian Music ministry during his freshman year of college. He is a graduate of both the University of Alabama and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bill served Southern Baptist churches in Texas, Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina serving 22 years at Ashley River Baptist Church in Charleston, SC. Following his retirement from full-time ministry, he served several local churches in an interim capacity. In addition, he worked full-time as an Allen Organ specialist for Fox Music House for a number of years.

Rev. Gregory also sang for many years with The Centurymen, a group of Southern Baptist ministers of music. He traveled with them at times including trips to China and Turkey. In his spare time he enjoyed travel, reading and was a gifted woodworker.

Rev. Gregory is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jane Martin Gregory and three children: Bill (Millie) of Cary, NC, Cathy Gregory Richardson (Joe) of Charleston, SC and David (Tracy) also of Cary, NC. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Jordan, Ben, Greg, Niki and Amanda; five great-grandchildren; and a niece, Alison Gregory Edmonson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Ministry at Fort Johnson Baptist Church, 1473 Camp Road, James Island, SC 29412.