Genevieve “Ginny” Womack Gregg, 78, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 with family by her side. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 6 at 11am at Branford/Dawson Funeral Home in Temple, TX. The family will receive friends for visitation Friday from 2-6pm at the funeral home.
Genevieve was known for her warm and welcoming personality, quiet, gentle spirit, and bright smile. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren, and had a gift for bringing people together, bridging cultural and racial divides.
Genevieve was born July 6, 1942 in Temple, TX to Taft and Christina Hamilton Womack. She was a graduate of Dunbar-Meridith High School in Temple. At Dunbar-Meredith, she met Eggerston Gregg, Jr., whom she married in 1968. The couple had four children.
A lifetime learner and champion of education, Genevieve earned an Associate of Arts in Sociology at Temple College, and later a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Psychology at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB), Belton, TX.
UMHB had great significance to Genevieve, whose great-grandfather, Jeff Hamilton, had been employed as a custodian at the university in the years before and after its relocation from Independence, Texas, to Belton, Texas in 1886. Always one to put the spotlight on someone else, upon receiving her degree from the school in 2001, Genevieve said, “My great-grandfather could not graduate from college, so I am doing it for him.” And, as part of her tireless devotion to preserving her great-grandfather’s legacy, Hamilton became the first African-American citizen in Texas to be recognized with a historical marker.
In the spirit of family tradition, Genevieve was devoted to helping others. After more than 20 years at Central Counties Center for MHMR Services, with posts including Unit Director and Therapist Technician Supervisor, and after serving a number of years at Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD as a teacher’s assistant, she retired to Temple, where she dedicated her time, skills, and enthusiasm to promoting the quality of life in her community.
As a civic leader, Genevieve served as Founder and Chairman of the Black Advisory Committee to the Cultural Activities Center. She was a founder and member of numerous other organizations including the Temple Black Heritage Committee, and the Temple Community Action Forum. She was also involved in many professional organizations, including the National Association of Female Executives, the Texas Historical Commission, and the Governor’s Committee for the Physically Challenged. Among her many accomplishments and honors were her inclusions in Minority Women of America and the Volume of Famous Black Americans.
Two of Genevieve’s biggest passions were literacy and aquatics, which she used as platforms to inspire young people. Through the Jeff Hamilton Reading Club, she ensured that children had books in their homes, often inscribed with messages of encouragement from fellow civic leaders. As a former swimming teacher, she appreciated the value of the skill and sport, and created successful aquatic programs for children to foster their confidence and personal development.
Genevieve is preceded in death by her husband; parents; son Kevin Gregg; brothers Daniel Womack, Arthur Neal Womack, Johnny Womack, and sister Gloria Jean Womack; stepbrothers James Fernandez and Leroy Fernandez, Jr.; and stepsister Ginger “Susie” Fernandez.
Survivors include her daughter, Staci Gregg of Temple, TX; son Reginald Gregg and wife Donna of Arlington, TX; son Jason Gregg and wife Ericka of Little Elm, TX; granddaughter Christian, and grandsons Jason II and Eric; brothers Larry Womack of Temple, TX and Willie Womack of Lawton, OK; and sisters Margaret Womack Davis of Los Angeles, CA, Dorothy Womack of Leesville, LA, and stepsister Mona Fernandez Scott of Scottsdale, AZ.
Genevieve was a member of Wayman Chapel AME Church in Temple.
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