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Re: Reflections on Jim's legacy and how it has been mishandled
Edited by board administrator April 10, 2014, 12:10 am
Longtime "friend" and hanger-on Tom Perryman bragged to me several times that he put the deal together between Mary's second husband and Ed Gregory, the convicted bank fraud felon. He said "it's the best thing to happen to Jim and Mary in many years." Tom was of the erroneous belief that Gregory was going to do great things with the Reeves legacy — or so Perryman claimed. Tom had spent a lifetime aboard the Reeves money train and it was about to derail because Mary was no longer capable of engineering things. I think T.P. was afraid the train was going to leave the station without him so he found a new engineer. It's too bad he didn't look into Gregory's background and qualify him as a buyer. Had he done so he would have realized that Ed had been convicted of ripping off five Alabama banks that he'd owned -- including depositors and investors, despite warnings from bank examiners. Mrs. Gregory was also charged. That was common knowledge around Nashville but Perryman professed not to know it. So did the Rev. Bill White, who took great pains to try to convince me he was unaware of Ed's background when he told the court his aunt Mary DID want to sell the estate to Mr. Gregory. (An absurdity).
Tom is still offering up his recollections of his old buddy Reeves every chance he gets, but I am not aware of his telling his listeners about the role he played in the destruction of Jim's estate.
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