Arthur " Art " Gregory (AIKEN, S.C.)

AIKEN, S.C. - Arthur " Art " Gregory of Aiken, SC entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Arthur is survived by his mother, Sophie Christopher Gregory, his siblings, George Gregory (Nancy), Johnny Gregory (Betty), and Maria Taylor (David), and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his father, Euthymios Athan Gregory. Arthur grew up in Aiken and graduated from Aiken High School in 1958. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University where he was an All Atlantic Conference and All American football player. He was awarded the ACC Jacob's Blocking Trophy for two consecutive years, his Duke teams won three consecutive ACC Championships. Later in life he was inducted into the Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame, and the Ahepa (Greek American) National Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2000, the Duke media and fans voted him to the Duke All Twentieth Century Football Team. In 2006 he was honored as a Duke Legend at the ACC Championship game. After his graduation from Duke, Arthur served as an officer in the United States Navy. Upon completion of his military service, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where he graduated with honors in 1968. From 1968-1981, he distinguished himself as a trial lawyer in Atlanta, GA. In 1981, Arthur joined the management of Coca-Cola Bottlers Association of America and shortly thereafter became its Executive Director. Arthur was very active in Atlanta community affairs. Included in his civic involvement were his service as President of the Atlanta Touchdown Club, Chairman of the Peach Bowl Selection Committee, and later as a member of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl selection Committee. In 2001, Arthur retired mainly to his beloved Aiken. Arthur was justifiably proud of his many athletics and career honors and achievements. However, it was family and treasured friendships that truly provided him joy and satisfaction. He had an extraordinary sense of fair play. He was true to his conservative principles, always respectful of others, intensely loyal to his alma mater Duke University, unyielding with his patriotism and love of country, secure in his faith and enormously proud of his Greek heritage. A Trisagion service will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, August 1 at Shellhouse Funeral Home. Arthur's family will receive friends at this time until 8:00 PM. The funeral will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday in the Shellhouse Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Father Vasile Bitere officiating. Interment will follow in Aiken Memorial Gardens. The family will then receive friends at Newberry Hall at 3:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Paul Gregory, John Gregory, Dr. Jon Taylor, Greg Taylor, Alex Taylor, Joe Clarke, and Dr. Bill Futrell. Memorials may be directed to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901, or to Regency Hospice, 105 Summerwood Way, Aiken, SC 29803. Mr. Gregory's online guest book may be signed at: Shellhouse Funeral Home, INC., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, SC Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-August 1, 2011