James Alexander Gregory, Jr.

May 28, 2019

James Alexander Gregory, Jr., 86, passed away on May 28, 2019. Born on September 24, 1932 in Mineola, New York to James, Sr. and Elizabeth, he served in the US Navy from 1951-1955. Holding a variety of jobs, he moved to Charlotte in 1966, where he went on to marry his wife of 52 years, Karlos. He then adopted her two girls, Karlos and Pamela. Until retirement, Jim was employed as an electrician with Duke Energy. He and Karlos went on to raise their oldest grandson, Allen. Jim was a very friendly, loving and caring person. He never met a stranger, nor made an enemy of anyone.

He is survived by his wife, Karlos; two daughters, Karlos and Pamela, both of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Allen Gregory and wife, Jessica, of Orum, UT; Freedom Jackson and husband, James, of Muskogee, OK; Zacharai Cates of Muskogee, OK; and Tristan McCoy-Ledbetter of Charlotte; three great-grandchildren and various nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Church Chapel in Charlotte on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service. Reception and fellowship will follow as an ice cream social in the Crown Room.

Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NC Transportation Foundation, PO Box 69, Spencer, NC 28159 or to Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Mike Smith

    I was so sorry to read about Jim's passing in the Charlotte Observer this past Friday, May 31, 2019. I was a member of the local Piedmont Carolinas Chapter of the NRHS
    during the late '80s thru mid '90s, serving primarily as the Commissary Car Chairman during that period. Jim's great personality, sense of humor & our shared experiences
    from being U. S. Navy Veterans; as well as our shared interests in the Railroad Industry & hobby - led to long conversations & lots of laughs over the years ! Jim was always
    around to lend a hand if we needed his help w/ the Commissary Car activities - & my conversations w/ him always helped take the "edge" off the fatigue typical of many of the
    cold (or hot !) steam & diesel Excursions of that period. He was a friend to my son, Hunter, as well, who assisted me we/ many of the trips. God bless you, Jim - I'm sure that
    you will keep the angelic whistles singing in the sky for us all ! Rest in peace.

  • Dave Belk

    I'll miss Sr.Chairman Gregory for quite a bit.He was a long devoted member of the Piedmont Carolinas Chapter NRHS & kept the club up to date on activities & planning trips on & off the railroad lines.Had fine sense of humor to other members & for a time served for "Charlotte Trolley" as Sr. Conductor.He especially took notes on club memberships & the paid dues for each member who kept or recently joined the NRHS.Had strong ties with the Pennsylvania R.R.& other northeastern lines.He served as car host chief in the 80's & 90's on NS steam & diesel excursions.I've been active with the NRHS for 33 years after joining in December 1985.I serve as acting chairman & co-railroad historian.May you R.I.P. Chairman Gregory! The club'll sorely miss you as others will.