James Gary McGregor
It is with great sadness that we announce the recent death of James Gary McGregor, beloved patriarch of the McGregor family. Gary died peacefully on August 8, 2020 after a brief illness. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Born on April 15, 1933 to John and Perle McGregor, Gary was the oldest of three children.
He is survived by his sister, Carolyn McGregor Scott of Pensacola, Florida and his brother, John Stephen McGregor (Janet) of Phoenix, Arizona.
For all but five years of his life, during which he spent at the University of Cincinnati, attaining a degree in Interior Design, Gary was a lifelong resident of his hometown, Hattiesburg, MS. While still in college Gary married the love of his life, Renate Lenhardt (Renee) in 1957. Renee was a native of Yugoslavia.
Sadly, she passed away February 21, 2013.
Left to cherish his memory are his four children. Michael (Melinda) of Petal, MS, Christopher of Petal, MS, Monica McGregor Miller (Wayne) of Newton, Alabama, and Jeff (Leigh) of Tupelo, MS. Gary enjoyed a large and wonderful family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Upon graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. Degree in Interior Design, Gary embarked upon a career in interior design with the family-owned business, Pioneer Furniture Company. His vision and creativity graced homes and commercial entities throughout the Hattiesburg area, as well as in surrounding cities and states.
One could easily identify Gary as a true Renaissance man. He wrote and published several books of poetry as well as other articles on various subjects for publication. Gary was also an accomplished painter. He and his wife, Renee were avid gardeners, and enjoyed many years of growing orchids. Gary and Renee traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Central America and Mexico. He regaled his family and friends with wonderful and imaginative stories from his travels.
Very involved in his community, Gary was the first president of The Hattiesburg Arts Council, as well as, an active member of the Writers Guild. During his younger years he enjoyed participating in the Hattiesburg Little Theater and was a longtime member of the Krewe of Zeus.
Gary was beloved by his children and family, and he recently recounted to his brother John, “I have lived a charmed life.”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the service will be held for immediate family only.
Memorials in Gary’s honor may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital at stjude.org or mail to: Memorial Giving 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.