Yadkinville’s longtime Mayor Hubert Gregory passed away on March 19. Those who worked with closely with Gregory over the years use words like “leader” and “compassionate” to describe him.
Gregory was born in 1931 in nearby Wilkes County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict.
He served as mayor of Yadkinville for 19 years. Eddie Norman, who has served on the Yadkinville town board since 1991, shared his reflections on Gregory at a memorial service in his honor last week. Norman said the word legacy is one that comes to mind when he thinks of Gregory.
“Webster’s Dictionary defines legacy as something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past such as the legacy of ancient philosophers. In layman’s terms, the word legacy is defined as something given creating a lasting impression to others,” Norman said. “There is no doubt in my mind to me and I am confident that others in this room would agree that Mayor Hubert Gregory has left a legacy.”
A quote from former President Harry Truman that states, “to be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone” is one that Norman said also reminded him of Gregory.
“The mayor did just that,” he said. “He moved forward with a vision in his life. The word ‘no’ was not in his vocabulary. He moved forward with a passion and until he was convinced it was going to happen or that he couldn’t make it happen. The mayor was a natural leader. He led in times of controversy and times of harmony. The mayor’s legacy of leading others will live on.”
Norman spoke of the many things that Gregory was involved with in the local community and said he was “totally committed to serving God, his country, state, county and town.”
“From coaching a baseball team to leading a town, the mayor was all in for the things that he was passionate about. The mayor’s legacy of his faith and service to mankind will live on.”
Those who worked with him at the Yadkinville Town Hall also had fond memories.
“Mayor Gregory was a great story teller,” said Town Clerk Shelia Weathers on behalf of herself and all the staff members at town hall. “He loved to share his life experiences with the Town Hall ladies. The stories would always begin with ‘and here’s the story’ and on occasion would include pictures from the past. Mayor Gregory took great pride in the town, his family and his country for which he served. He will be greatly missed.”
Commissioner Tony Hall noted the work Gregory had done over the years in his role as Mayor.
“I have known Hubert for 40 years,” Hall said. “I worked with him as a commissioner and mayor for over 16 years. He has done more for this town regarding progress and making our town a better place to live. Hubert was a hard worker and had a vision for town’s growth. He was a great friend and will be deeply missed by all.”
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