In Loving Memory of

Gregory M. Straka

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Gregory Michael Straka of Dade City, FL passed away peacefully at the age of 73 on June 5, 2020 in Clemson, SC. He was born on November 23, 1946 in Vienna, VA to Harold and Lois Straka. He grew up in Decatur, GA, graduating from Gordon High School in 1964. He was very athletic and starred on the baseball and basketball teams in high school and also participated in several clubs including the Beta Club, the Key Club, and the Varsity Club. Greg began college at the University of Georgia. He married Charlotte Hogan in 1966 and had two wonderful children, Chris and Stacy. He went on to graduate from Georgia State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in 1967. After graduation, he worked for Georgia Farm Bureau and then joined Georgia Power Company where he worked as a litigation specialist for 38 years. Greg moved to Lilburn, GA, where he lived when he met his beloved wife Sheri. They married on Dec. 24, 2003. After retiring in 2011, they moved to Dade City, FL, where they enjoyed living in a beautiful golf community and traveling worldwide on many cruises and golf vacations. He shared his passion for golf with his children and grandchildren, giving lessons and tips whenever he could. He was also a huge fan of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Greg had an appreciation for putting his best foot forward in everything he did, whether it was school, sports, or work, and for teaching his children and grandchildren to be the best version of themselves that they could be. Greg is survived by his loving wife, Sheri; daughter Stacy; grandchildren Lauren, Tyler, and Addison; and stepson Sean. He is preceded in death by his beloved son Chris, brother Roger (Pat), and parents Harold and Lois. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Chapel in the Meadows, Forest Meadows Central Cemetery, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32606. Visitation will be at 2:00 pm, followed by services at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Greg’s honor.


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  1. Rick & Kay Holmes at · Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg’s family. We were Gordon High friends.

  2. Lynn Tallant at · Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Gordon High School friends.

    1. Joyce & Rick Marshall at · Reply

      Our sincere condolences. May Greg rest in peace. Love, Joyce and Rick

  3. Bob Chestney at · Reply

    Heartbroken. Greg was one of my best friends in HS and we had recently started seeing each other more frequently.

  4. JP Cillo at · Reply

    Greg,

    You will always be a member of my foursome. I miss you and our early tee times. I think of you often and will continue to do so.

    JP

    1. Donnell Smith at · Reply

      Greg

      We have been friends since high school. I will miss you and love you. Donnell Smith

  5. Kevin Pearson at · Reply

    Saddened to hear that Greg has left us. I worked with Greg for the last 5 years of his career at Georgia Power. Fond memories getting to know Greg as a colleague and friend. My condolences to Greg’s family. Rest in Peace.

  6. George & Tracy Andino at · Reply

    Greg, Thank you for stepping in with Sean… You did a great job… We will miss you immensely.

  7. Dan & Linda Santucci at · Reply

    So sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. Linda and I will miss him very much. Greg was always a welcome partner on the golf course and a good friend. Sheri, you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

  8. Diana Brown. at · Reply

    My sincere sympathy to Greg,’s family. He was
    a wonderful person to know and I appreciated his friendships very much. Baseball memories from Longdale Park to the Gordon Generals Days of Baseball and Basketball. I always enjoyed watching him play. You will be remembered well.

  9. Carl and Pat Swearingen at · Reply

    Our prayers are with Greg’s family. Having known Greg for over 60 years, he was a natural athlete, a special talent, highly intelligent, witty, loyal, and a wonderful teammate. As his UGA freshman roommate, we shared great times as Georgia Bulldogs. He will surely be missed and always remembered.

  10. Eileen M Rogers at · Reply

    Rest in peace. God Speed.

  11. Don Smith at · Reply

    Greg was my brother’s life-long friend and I was a good friend. What a great family with his wonderful father, H. P. a hero to Donnell and a wonderful guy. Greg was a talented athlete, a funny guy but alway generous. He was always a fun guy to be around. I miss him already.

  12. Don and Mary Ann Swayze at · Reply

    Our sincere sympathy to all the family for this sad outcome. May he rest in peace. Don wants to add how much he enjoyed playing with Greg and being around him. He had such a wonderful golf swing, it was a pleasure to see.
    He will be often thought of on the course and off.

  13. Greg Miles at · Reply

    Greg was a good man. It was a privilege to know and work with him. He always exhibited excellence in every facet of life. He loved his family. He was successful in his work. And was exceptional in play (golf!)

    His professionalism did not go unnoticed. I always appreciated his willingness to provide guidance unselfishly. He will be missed!

  14. Greg Miles at · Reply

    Greg was a good man. He excelled in all facets of life. Family, work and play. He loved his family, exhibited professionalism in his work and was a talented athlete (especially golf!)

    It was a genuine privilege to get to know and work with him. His willingness to give guidance and share his knowledge and expertise was appreciated by all. He will be missed!

  15. Fred and Janice Slieper at · Reply

    Our prayers are with Greg’s family. Having known Greg since High School, he was a great friend and I really appreciated his friendship for all these years. So sad to hear of his passing and it is hard to believe he is gone. He will truly be missed by all.
    God bless him.

  16. Doug and Penny Brown at · Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Straka family. We loved having Greg and Sheri as our neighbors in Lake Jovita. With deepest sympathy,

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