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The Honorable Jackson V. Gregory, 78, of Cat Island, South Carolina and husband of Colleen Baisley, died Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at his residence.

Judge Gregory was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and was a son of the late George W. and Harriet Venters Gregory. He was a graduate of Clemson College in 1964 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina in 1967. Upon his graduation from law school, he began practicing law in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Judge Gregory was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1980 and served until 1991. In 1991, Judge Gregory was elected Judge of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit and served until his retirement in 2006. He was an avid Clemson Tiger fan. Judge Gregory was predeceased by a brother George Winfield Gregory Jr. and a sister Harriet Gregory Heriot.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 4 years are three daughters and three sons-in-law: Frances and Scott Robbins, Hallie and Eric Desmonts, and Anna and Kevin Gore; five grandchildren Lexie, Lauren, Luc, Scotty, and Milly; and a sister Susan Gregory Parker.

A Celebration of Judge Gregory’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.

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  1. Jayne sagar says:

    Love and prayers and strength to all of the family. Jack was an awesome caring man and will be missed by many.

  2. Hamlin O’Kelley says:

    it was an honor to be one of His Honor’s Law Clerk’s. Truly an honor. All my sympathy to his beloved girls and his beloved bride – Hamlin O’Kelley

  3. Debbie Smith says:

    May God bring you His Prefect Peace. Praying for you. Much Love. Debbie

  4. Billy Mcleod says:

    Jack was a wonderful friend. We enjoyed some great times together while serving in the SC General Assembly. Prayers and thoughts for the entire family. He was a great legislator, judge and person

  5. C. Tolbert Goolsby says:

    I became friends with Jack when I practiced law in Walterboro and he lived down the street from me. I was a law-school classmate of his late brother, George. Both were very fine men. Jack later played a most important role in my life, nominating me for a judgeship. I count him as one of my life’s greatest blessings. He touched my life in a most significant way and for that I will always remember him and be grateful to him. My condolences to his family. They have sustained a tremendous loss.

  6. harvey & ursula says:

    Our hearts & prayers are with yiou, Jack was one of the good guys and will miss him,may God bless

  7. Kitty Wright says:

    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. R.I. P. dear Jack; you were a great guy and you will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to your family

  8. Eric & Monica Dunphy says:

    Our thoughts are with the Gregory family. He was a wonderful father and grandfather – stories of his contributions to the family and community will be passed along to the generations to come.

  9. Jack Lynn says:

    I was saddened to learn of Jack’s death. I grew up with the Gregory’s in Jefferson. His brother, George and I roomed together at Carolina. I softened up and let Jack room with me after he graduated from Clemson and wised up and came down to USC Law School.


  10. Paul E Short says:

    I had the pleasure of serving both in the House and on the Circuit Court with Jack. He was a good lawyer, great Judge, and good friend. My condolences to his family.

  11. Les Shillman says:

    I first met Judge Gregory in Walterboro before he was a judge. He assisted and executed the paperwork for me to incorporate my first business in 1971. I ran into him once again in Beaufort after he was a judge and he remembered me.

    I sold my business just a few weeks ago and in looking over the paperwork I saw his signature on my final documents and thought of him. He was very helpful to me and very well respected. My condolences to all his family and friends.

  12. Martin Driggers says:

    A great judge that always appreciated the lawyers before him. May he rest in peace.

  13. Ellis Kahn says:

    I tried a couple of cases with Jack when he practice with Preacher Harrelson. He was a great lawyer, eminently civil, and also a well-respected judge. He will be missed.

  14. Sonja Friedman says:

    I appeared before Judge Gregory on many occasions and found him to be fair and knowledgeable. He treated the lawyers and the clients with respect and kindness. My condolences to his family.

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