Barbara McGregor, retired administrative assistant


OXFORD — Barbara Cook McGregor, 68, former administrative assistant at Camp Lake Stephens, died Jan. 1, 2007, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis.

Mrs. McGregor was secretary for McGregor Steel, a company owned by her son Bill. She attended Wood Junior College and received her master’s degree in education at the University of Mississippi.

She taught school in Whitehaven, Horn Lake and Oxford and later served as administrative assistant for Camp Lake Stephens in Oxford for many years. She was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, where she was president of the Nell Pennington Circle and the college-age coordinator. She and her husband, the late Mike McGregor, served as youth coordinators for the church for many years.  She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Wesley Foundation and a delegate to the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Barbara and Mike McGregor lived at Graceland in Memphis for approximately 10 years while Mike McGregor worked for Elvis Presley. An accomplished seamstress, Mrs. McGregor designed and sewed the first costume Elvis wore in a concert. She continued to make costumes for other artists through the years, while Mike McGregor made leather guitar straps and jewelry for performers. Her close relationship with Presley’s first wife Priscilla continued until her death.  

Survivors include: son, Bill McGregor of Oxford; sister, Gloria Bishop of Oxford; brother, Malcolm Cook of Oxford; and one grandchild.