Lillene Overby Gregory

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on September 23, 1922

Departed on February 13, 2016 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Lillene Overby Gregory age 93 of Nashville, passed away peacefully at her home on February 13, 2016.

She was born on September 23, 1922 to the late Joe P. and Lorene Overby in Nashville. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gregory is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, George “Doc” Gregory, whom referred to her as his bride. She is also preceded in death by her brothers Tom and Joe Overby and her sister-in-law Toni Overby.

She graduated from Columbia Central High school in Columbia, TN and Watkins Institute in the early 1940’s. She learned short hand, dictation and other secretarial skills. During World War II, she worked as a secretary for a military training center for aircraft repair.  George and Lillene married in 1945 and moved to Oakland, California, where he was stationed in the Navy. They moved to Memphis, TN where George attended the University of Tennessee, School of Pharmacy. Go VOLS! They returned to Nashville, started a family and purchased a drugstore. They owned Knight Drug Company in Nashville for many years and served the community together. She participated with him in events for the Bordeaux Hospital Advocates which works to improve the lives of the patients. Lil was a dear friend, Mom and Nannie to many and never met a stranger. She was always a very big part of her children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s lives. Her faith in the Lord was unwavering. Lillene made her home a welcoming place and always had room at her table.

She is survived by her son, Marty (Mary) Gregory; daughters, Julia (Roger) Gregory Armes and Maggie (Kent) Gregory Kersten; niece, Linda Overby Freeman; grandchildren, Emily (Charles) Reasonover, Annie (Justin) Sullivan, Rebekah (Joe Anderson) Gregory, Allis (David) Kersten Calhoun, Evan Kersten, and Will Kersten; great-grandchildren, Lee and Robert Reasonover, Timothy, Julia and Maisie Sullivan, and Joseph Anderson.

The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 2:00pm -8:00pm then again on Thursday at 11:00am until the time of the service. A Life Celebration will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 12:00pm in the Chapel of Cole and Garrett Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Nashville National Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers: Evan Kersten, Will Kersten, Jeff Moore, Charles Reasonover, Justin Sullivan and Joe Anderson

Honorary Pallbearers: Ernie and Becky Blunkhall, Jimmy and Susan Costello, Todd Bess and family, Lisa Kay Johnson, Wayne and Vicki Smith, Betty Kirksey and family, Shirley and Lawrence Warner and family, Steve, Donna, Ashley and Grace Humbert, Samantha and Emma Moore, the Bordeaux Advocates, and the Members of Bellshire United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations can be made to the Bordeaux Advocates, Inc, Attention Amelia Workman, 1414 County Hospital Road, Nashville, TN 37218.


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10 Comments to Mrs. Lillene Overby Gregory

  1. Eudora Gunn
    February 16, 2016 10:23 pm

    I am blessed to have had the pleasure to get to know momma LIL as I affectionately call her. She had a heart that was opened to all . She made such a major impact in my life in the short time that we shared together. I will never forget talking with her and her giving me a look that made me ask….momma LIL what was that look for as I looked into her pretty green eyes , her response was simply I JUST LOVE YOU! Her words went deep into my soul to a point where tears escaped from my eyes. In essence I was blessed by a true living and breathing blessing! I will never forget you momma LIL and I love you more!!!

    • Mary Gregory
      February 22, 2016 12:54 pm

      Dora, that is the most beautiful tribute to Mom. You have such a gift of expression and writing. Mom and our family were so blessed to have you as her Care Giver in her last days. You made her life as comfortable and as positive as you could. I loved hearing you sing to her; that meant so much to her! Blessings to you…We look forward to seeing your book when it is published,

      With Love & Appreciation,
      Mary and Marty

  2. Debi Mann
    February 16, 2016 11:03 pm

    Rest in Peace sweet lady. Rebecca lived you dearly and you will be missed deeply. Prayers for all who loved you.

    • Mary Gregory
      February 22, 2016 12:56 pm

      Thank you, Debi, for your kind words! All the expressions of sympathy have helped encourage and support us during this difficult time.

      May God bless you,
      Mary Gregory (Rebekah’s Mom)

  3. Melanie White
    February 17, 2016 11:09 am

    Prayers and comfort to the family. She was one of the most inspirational women I have ever met. Growing up next to her I learned about life, respect, and love. She was beautiful inside and out. There are people that just give you peace and brighten your day with their presence and she was one of those. I’m am happy to have known her and the beautiful family that she has created. A few fond memories included; chocolate toast, cross stitch, piano, going to the library, watching the monkeys, and laughing over several different Nikelodeon shows. Thank you for being a wonderful neighbor and friend to my Grandparents. Love, Melanie

    • Mary Gregory
      February 22, 2016 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Melanie, for your very kind words and for sharing the things that you remember about Mom! It means so much to us! May God richly bless you.

      Mary and Marty

  4. Jared Harrison
    February 17, 2016 11:47 am

    I did not have the great pleasure of knowing this sweet lady. But just reading her story it is very inspiring. She is leaving a wonderful legacy for her family. Emily Reasonover and her family are proof of that legacy. Rest in Peace.

    • Mary Gregory
      February 22, 2016 12:59 pm

      Thank you so much, Jared, for your kind words! We appreciate it so very much!
      May God richly bless you.

      Mary and Marty Gregory

  5. Susie Farris/Leftwich
    February 22, 2016 1:27 am

    So sorry for your loss. I met her a few years ago by moving next door. I found her to be a beautiful person. I’ll be looking forward the deck to be seeing her sitting outside enjoying her glass of wine. I’ll miss seeing her. Susie

    • Mary Gregory
      February 22, 2016 12:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Susie, for your kind words. She enjoyed having you as a neighbor. You are right…she enjoyed sitting out on the deck and getting some fresh air. She got sick on 10/31/15 and went in the hospital. She was there and in physical rehab for 51 days and came home the week of Christmas. She was in hospice for only 1 week before she passed, Take care and have a good day, Susie.

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