Monday, March 25, 2013

Curtis Allen GREGORY

Top left: Easter in early 90′s. Top right: headstone in
Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: burial index,
Archdiocese of St. Louis

Name: Curtis Allen GREGORY

Known AKA: Big Curtis

Surname Variations: none

DOB: 20 Aug 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

DOD: 9 Aug 1994 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Mother: Mary Louise BROUSSARD

Siblings: Sandra, Deborah, Linda, Willie Bob Jr

Spouse: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Children: Billy, Tara, Tina


20 Aug 1946: Birth in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri birth and death certificates; United States Social Security Death Index)

1972: Marriage to Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

1987: Divorce from Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

1946-1994: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

9 Aug 1994: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri birth and death certificates; United States Social Security Death Index)

16 Aug 1994: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

 Left: Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
Right: St. Louis Community College at Florissant

My father was a people person with a big heart and humorous disposition. He was a dapper G and dressed up in suits just to go to the theater to watch a movie. When my father was born, he only weighed 2lbs so my grandmother fattened him up with her cooking. He was larger than life and at 6'2, a big man. I loved his big belly...he was a lot to love. They called him Big Curtis and my 5'1 mom, Lil Margaret. He graduated from Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Rd in St. Louis, Missouri where he was a member of the swim team, track team (shot put) and if I remember correctly from looking through his yearbook, football. Due to a weak heart, he was exempted from serving in the Vietnam war. He met Mama at White Castle when she was working as a car hop and wooed her with roses and record albums. She said he would open up the trunk of his car and show them to her. Romantic right? They were married in 1972 at grandmama Mary Lou's house, a short time after he had suffered a stroke which made one side of his face droop slightly. It shows up clearly in the wedding photos. He was multi-skilled and was able to work at various jobs: manager of a theater which was right up his alley since he loved movies, photographer (earned an associate degree in photography from St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley), contractor (all levels of construction and helped his best friend Richard relation to my mother that I know his liquor store on Lucas & Hunt Road in Normandy, St. Louis, Missouri from the ground up), hunter (he hunted deer and rabbit with both guns and crossbows), archery, fishing, Boy Scout master, good with fixing cars, a bouncer in nightclubs and a private investigator. When the doctors told my father to stop smoking, drinking and eating unhealthy food, he told my mother that he could stop drinking but not smoking and eating. Even though they gave him only 6 months to live, he would not give them up. I guess it was his way of enjoying life before death. He went to visit his father's grave were I hope he received some solace and made peace with death. He made sure that he went to visit his BROUSSARD family in Texas as that was probably the last time he would see them. It was after that his health started to decline drastically. After being in the hospital for two weeks, he died of multiple organ failure at Jewish Hospital (now called Barnes-Jewish Hospital). A good man, gone too soon.

Photo Credit: Built St. Louis,


1946 Birth Certificate
State of Missouri State file no: 46956
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
Date of birth: 20 Aug 1946
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie Bob Gregory
Birthplace of father: Houlka, Mississippi
Name of mother: Mary Louise Broussard
Birthplace of mother: Port Arthur, Texas
Informant: Willie Gregory

1994 Death Certificate
State of Missouri State file no: 94-203944
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
Date of death: 9 Aug 1994
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie Bob Gregory
Name of mother: Mary L Broussard
Informant: Mary L Gregory

United States Social Security Death Index
first name: Curtis
middle name:
last name: Gregory
name suffix:
birth date: 20 August 1946
social security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
place of issuance: Missouri
last residence: Missouri
zip code of last residence: 63115
death date: 9 August 1994
estimated age at death: 48


Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010 
Inter #: 457157
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Curtis A Gregory
M/F: M
Burial date: 16 Aug 1994
Age: 47 [incorrect; he was 46 at the time of his burial]
Section: 017A
Lot: 0495

Find A Grave Memorial 
Name: Curtis Allen “Big Curtis” Gregory
Birth: Aug. 20, 1946
Saint Louis
St. Louis City Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1994
Saint Louis
St. Louis City Missouri, USA
Family links:
Parents: Willie Bob Gregory (1913 – 1970)
Mary Louise Broussard Gregory (1924 – 2001)
Spouse: Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Curtis Allen
Mother of perpetual help pray for us
Note: Age 46 [age incorrectly given as 47 on website of Archdiocese of St. Louis website]
Burial: Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 017A, Lot 495
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805636

Obituary/Funeral Program
There is a funeral program but it is not in my possession at this time. So far no obituary has been located in the newspapers.

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