John Harvey Gregg was born to Patricia J. (Joan) and Jerry Baird Gregg, Sr. on February 16, 1954, and left this earth on November 17, 2022. As anyone who knew Harvey will attest, there was only ONE Harvey Gregg aka “The Harv”. He was an immense man in many ways. He was a man’s man, and the ultimate hunter and fisherman. Harvey did not compare himself to others, but instead he challenged himself against the wonderment of nature.
Harvey lived a life most envied because he lived life on his terms, and not according to society’s dictates. If you had the good fortune to be in his presence, you felt the LIFE that emanated from him. You knew you had stepped into the path of an extraordinary person.
He was larger than life and blessed us all who loved him with his humor, his kindness, his generosity, his forthrightness, and if you were really lucky, more than one fish fry! His loving wife, Melody, described him as “my grouchy ole cantankerous lovable sunshine”.
Harvey grew up in the small town of Sterlington, Louisiana where he attended Sterlington High School and was a multi-sport contender. He graduated from Louisiana Technical University with a B. S. in Forestry in 1977. He worked as a procurement forester until approximately 1987, when he started his lawn maintenance business, which he ran consistently for 35 years. He also started Gregg Travel in 2005, and trained and oversaw as many as 700 business partners in this endeavor. In 2015, Harvey became a seafood purveyor for his company, Running Bayou Seafood, until 2020 when COVID arrived.
Harvey leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Melody Bevill Gregg; daughters Emily Gregg Turner and Sarah Gregg Washington; brother Jerry Gregg (Sally); sister Marjorie Gregg; niece Caitlin Gregg; nephew Chris Reynolds and children Chase & Christopher; nephew Nathan Reynolds and children Scarlett and Maggie; nephew Michael Guimbellot and children Alexis and Austin; nephew Graham Gregg (Shoshana); plus his four grandchildren – Ben, Mary Elizabeth, Owen, and Virginia; and his Bevill family.
Please come help us celebrate Harvey’s life on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:00am on the Wildlife Pier at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, Louisiana.
Follow the trail to the Wildlife Pier from the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Boat Dock parking area. (See the service information below for driving directions.)
We will celebrate Harvey’s life over one of the waters where he loved to fish. Then family & friends will gather at the restaurant across the road where we will reminisce & tell his wonderful life stories and how we knew him best.
Clawdaddy’s Crawfish and Oyster Bar · 7601 Highway 165, Monroe, LA 71203
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Harvey’s memory by making donations to the cerebral palsy foundation
Saturday, May 20, 2023
Starts at 10:00am (Central time)
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Boat Ramp
The Wildlife Pier can be accessed from the parking area past the Black Bayou Boat Ramp located at 199 Black Bayou Boat Dock Road, Monroe, LA 71203. Follow the trail to the Wildlife Pier.