Henry Cason Gregory, 78, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 19, 2020, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family.
Born Jan. 29, 1942, in Norfolk, he graduated from Princess Anne High School, where he played football. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, then started a job in sales for Schell Supply prior to following his family’s footsteps into the building trade. Serving as general contractor, he oversaw the construction of a variety of commercial and residential projects in Virginia Beach, including the Mount Trashmore Office Park, which he was particularly proud of.
Always seeking new opportunities and up for a challenge, Henry successfully ran various businesses throughout the years. Later in life, he focused his energy on property management. He owned many residential and commercial properties in the Commonwealth, including his beloved farm in Emporia.
He loved life and enjoyed dancing the Carolina shag with his wife of 48 years, cooking, traveling, hunting, gardening, reading and a good summer thunderstorm. Henry doted on and cared tirelessly for family, friends and strangers alike. If you knew Henry, you were sure to get a phone call from him at least once a week, talking just might have been one of his favorite pastimes. If he didn’t speak to you over the phone, he might just stop by. He was known for bringing homemade treats to his local bank and cooking for crowds at his Masonic lodge. He especially enjoyed gathering everyone together for his annual July 4th celebration at his farm.
Over the years, he formally served as a first responder in the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, member of the Exchange Club of Virginia Beach and member of Lynnhaven Masonic Lodge No. 220 and Khedive Shriners.
Henry was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy White Gregory; father, George Washington Gregory; brother, Ralph Evans Gregory; and sister, Julia Malbon Gregory.
He is survived by sister, Barandina Gregory Squires; brothers, Mark White Gregory, George Washington Gregory II and Gary Twain Gregory, and his wife, Anne Marmorato Gregory; daughters, Theresa Anne Gregory, and her husband, Adam Stewart, and Michelle Gregory McGowan, and her husband, John F. McGowan III; grandchildren, Jillian Louise Stewart, Cecilia Marie Stewart, Summer Elizabeth McGowan and Cason Robert Stewart; in addition to many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Keeping in mind the health and safety of our family and friends and following the guidelines provided by the CDC with regard to Coronavirus/COVID-19, we will be postponing Henry’s celebration of life ceremony. To ensure that everyone is able to give their respects and say goodbye, we plan to republish the obituary with Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory regarding details of the service once large gatherings are permitted. We thank you for your understanding and prayers during this difficult time.
If you would like to make a donation in his name, please do so at the Parkinson’s Foundation.
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