Visitation Thursday, September 30, 2021 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. with the family present 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Foston Funeral Home. Celebration of Life 12:00 p.m. Friday, October 1, 2021 at Foston Memorial Chapel. Interment Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, Hopkinsville, KY. Gregory Charles Tramel was born and raised in Thomasville, Georgia on May 2, 1970. He was the second eldest child of Roscoe and Diane Tramel. Greg and his siblings were taught responsibility at an early age from household chores to summer lawn moving service with his eldest brother, Darrell to learn the value of a dollar. Gregory accepted Christ as his personal Savior as a youth and was a member of the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church. At church he was a member of the Pathfinder Club, where he thrived learning leadership skills, drilling, camping and service. As a dedicated singer in the Heavenly Voices, God’s Ambassador Choir and the lead singer of The Gospel Four, Greg enjoyed belting a tune upon a moment’s notice. His talent for playing the piano blossomed during the time when he had his left arm in a cast after almost completely severing his thumb in a kitchen mishap. Undeterred by his current predicament, he played gospel songs with his right hand only for six weeks and subsequently he was hired by various churches as a pianist.
Upon graduating in 1989 from Thomasville High School, Greg joined the United States Army and commenced basic training at Fort Leonard Wood near St. Robert, Missouri. Next, he received orders to Fort Lee, Virginia where he met and developed a friendship with DaShella Inniss. On February 5, 1990, Greg was deployed to Germany and Dee subsequently followed one week later. Soon they officially began dating, Greg proposed marriage and they were married on September 14, 1990. This union was blessed by two children, Shawniqua and Shaun. One month later Greg was deployed once again, this time to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm for six months in place of his wife. He returned to Germany working with the 649th Topographical Engineers Unit for two more years. In February 1993, the young family continued their service at Fort Campbell in Kentucky for one year until medical retirement.
Greg attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2001. Greg pursued his passion of teaching at Kenwood Middle School, where he loved pouring into his students the secret of true success and to help them meet their goals. Both of his children were his students as well. Many of his students became teachers because of his influence. In particular, he was invited to the graduation of one of his students who was the valedictorian of her college graduating class of 2011. Always motivated to be a positive role model, he continued his education at the University of Phoenix, completing a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Technology in 2015. Later, he enrolled in the Doctoral Program at the University of Phoenix and had yet to complete the degree before his untimely passing.
Greg was a member of the Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee, where the presiding pastor is the anointed Nickolas Baker. As a first elder, he was not only and elder, but he was a minister, a friend, a brother, a colleague and a confidant. During the time of the pandemic, he showed himself worthy in the media ministry department of the church for audio and live streaming of the church services. Prior to his passing, Greg encouraged is wife to write her first book, “It Just Broke: Breaking the Silence of Trauma,” and today coincides with the book launch. It is because of Gregory that she is here today. He is preceded in death by his mother, Diane Tramel.
He leaves to cherish in his loving memory his devoted wife, DaShella, his children, Shawniqua and Shaun, his loving father, Roscoe Tramel, his siblings: Darrell Tramel, Yolanda (Victor) Williams, Travis (Gianna) Tramel and Richard Tramel. Many nieces and nephews: Jazmine, Jackie, Jennifer, Kiara, Demetrius, Dontavious, Kevon, Mylan and Milana. Uncles and aunts: Eugene (Mae Eva) Williams, Herbert Williams, Earl (Barbara) Williams, Lois Wright, Ronell (Juanita) Williams, Mae Kathy Williams, Jessie (Betty) Tramel, David Tramel, Naomi Thomas and Willie Mae Tramel.
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