He worked as a TV Technician at Sears for 25 years, retiring in 1992 and know as the TV man in Oberlin. Royal also worked for Cable Coop for many years. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Oberlin, where he sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher, Trustee for 40 years. Royal was a member of Masonic Lodge #73 of Oberlin. He enjoyed being a School crossing guard, bowling, golf & being an avid sports fan.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy L. Gregory of Oberlin; son, Michael S. Gregory of Columbus; daughters, Carolyn E. Thomas of Oberlin, Mary Katherine Jones of Cleveland, Linda M. Gregory of Oberlin and Imogene E. Johnson of Dublin, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Holbert Gregory of Trotwood, Ohio; sisters, Omeline Ventus, Cincinnati, Betty Reba Bryant of Cincinnati and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Gregory; mother, Ola B. Gregory; daughter, Sandra A. Gregory; brother, Edmond Gregory and sister, Willa Mae Ellis.
Visitation will be Monday, July 21, 2014 from 12 Noon until the time of services at 1 P.M., at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Oberlin, where Masonic services will be at 12:30 P.M. Reverend Fred L. Bell will officiate. Interment will be at New Russia Township Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to New Life Hospice Center in Lorain.