Thomas Earl Gregory Jr.

Thomas Earl Gregory Jr. (88) of Friendswood passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.  Tom was born in Marianna, Arkansas on February 21, 1934, to Tom and Vera (Morphew) Gregory.

Tom moved to Galveston at the age of seven and graduated from Ball High School in 1951.  After joining Carbide as an operator, Tom met and married Jeannette Kostka and settled in Dickinson, Tx where they raised three sons, Tom III (Mendy), Joe (Melanie) and Larry (Kristen).  Tom was blessed with five grandchildren – Jeffrey (Jenny), James (Sydney), Michael (Emily), Loren and Claire, and five great grandchildren – Jack, Olivia, Henry, Maisie and Eloise.  Tom is survived by his children, former wife, Jeannette Gregory; sisters Saranne Bear (Robert) of Santa Fe and Kathleen Easley of Tomball.

Tom had a love for aviation, owning and flying numerous airplanes including his Piper Cub and Stearman biplane.  He was active in the Commemorative Air Force and Lone Star Flight Museum where he enjoyed flying in air shows across the country including the Wings over Houston Airshow.  Tom flew in several movies including the Final Countdown and Secondhand Lions, which featured his red Stearman.

Tom lived many years in Alvin and Manvel where he attended First Christian Church of Alvin and volunteered at the Alvin Food Pantry.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alvin Food Pantry or Lone Star Flight Museum.  Special thanks to the Morada Senior Living staff in Friendswood and to the Faith Community Hospice team that cared for our father.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 17, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Tx with funeral services at 10:30AM.  Interment will immediately follow at Forest Park East.


  1. I’ll miss you old friend.

    Dick Pearson
  2. For me it was a great honor to have had the privilege of meeting Mr. Gregory, because he was a great man.

    Att. Adriana

  3. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I must say he lived a very full and exciting life. And that leaves wonderful memories for you to cherish.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    God’s Blessings, Mildred Cook

    Mildred Cook
  4. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Gregory Family. You have friends who care about you.
    Scott Simon

    Sott Simon
  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, I remember Tom when he would come to the Alta Loma Barbershop and tell us about his adventures with his planes. I watch Second Hand Lion’s quite a bit just because of him flying his red stearman plane in it.
    Godspeed Tom now you are flying with the Angels.

    Janet Hart
  6. Sad to see you go but now you can join your old hunting buddies in heaven.

    William Glidden
  7. My sincere condolences to you and Tom’s family. I miss him dearly as you do. We worked together at the Alvin Food Pantry picking up donations from local grocery stores and others business and schools. Tom served on the Church Board of the First Christian Church and as Board Chair on occasion. We sang together in the First Christian Church choir, and performed in the Christmas contada for many years. We also put out Old Glory on special holidays for the Christian Mens Fellowship. The annual fish fry at the First Christian Church was always an event to be remembered because of the work he did. I loved Tom like a brother and in return he gave me Rudolph a dachshund puppy. God bless you Tom.

    Chuck Garrison
  8. Thoughts and prayers to the Gregory Family.

    Kim Daniels
  9. Sending our deepest sympathy to the Gregory Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mark and Lisa Garrett
  10. So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. My father, Tom’s cousin, was a truck driver and when he was near Alvin he would contact him and visit for a spell. I was blessed to have met Tom when he was in Arkansas after Dad passed, as he was researching Gregory family history. He shared a lot of stories about my grandfather and his brothers, and some of his flying adventures, for which I thoroughly enjoyed and will be forever grateful.
    May The Lord watch over you and your loved ones during this sorrowful time.
    Godspeed, Tom. And Thank You.

    Thank You,
    Leonard Gregory Jr.

    Leonard Gregory Jr.

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