Beloved Poarch Creek Indian baseball coach Eddie Wayne Gregson, 46, was killed in an auto accident August 3.
According to the Alabama Highway Patrol, a two-vehicle crash at 10:20 p.m. on Friday night claimed the life of Gregson and injured one other person.
Trooper Kevin Cook, public information officer for the Alabama Highway Patrol, said, “The crash occurred on Alabama Highway 21 five miles north of Atmore. Gregson was killed when his 1991 Chevrolet van collided with a 2002 Ford driven by Bonita Montalvo, of Atmore.
Montalvo was transported to a local hospital and treated for her injuries. No additional information
is available at this time as Alabama state troopers continue to investigate.”
Trina Rackard, Operations Manager at the PCI Recreation Department said that Gregson had led the Native American Youth Organization’s baseball team for the past several years. “His passion was baseball and working with community children. He had a great knowledge of baseball and wanted to help those he could
strive to learn more about the sport to better themselves. You could always count on him to be there, the children loved him,” Rackard said. “July 2011 his team won first place and again this year, 2012, he led
two teams to a first and second place win. His love and volunteer to the sport and tribal community has been a huge success over the years. Children have grown to love and respect him, and he will be greatly missed by all.”
Gregson is survived by two sons. (His obituary is on page 2A of this edition of Atmore News.)
In an unrelated accident, a Brewton man was killed when he lost control of his car Friday, August 3.
According to Cook, “A single- vehicle crash Friday afternoon claimed the life of a Brewton man. The crash
occurred at 2:45 p.m. on County Road 55 seven miles south of East Brewton. Kenneth Roy Thomas, 61, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Silverado when he lost control, ran off the road, and struck a tree. Thomas, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.”