Greg served in the U.S. Navy, and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gun collector. He loved races, especially NASCAR. He loved the water. He was generous. But there was much more to the man than that.
"He was a true friend and you could always count on him," was the most common statement mentioned by those who gathered to remember Greg.
"He was a teacher. There was nothing he couldn't figure out and make, and then he'd teach you to do it," one longtime friend said. "In the past three days I've heard caring, talented, loving and funny used to describe him, but mostly that he was the definition of a true friend."
"He didn't just repair things, he created them," said another. "He never did things halfway."
On June 26, 1999, Greg was united in marriage with Andrea Patty, who survives him of the home, along with their daughter, Ali Fargo; parents, Charles and wife, Martha Fargo, of Eureka Springs; Patsy and husband, Jack Wiley, of Preston, Okla.; three sisters, Marlene and husband, David Bootenhoff, of Tulsa, Okla.; Frances Bloch of Eureka Springs; Paula Butler of Topeka, Kan.; one brother, Justin Wiley of Preston, Okla.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Barb Patty of Berryville, Ark.; grandfather, Ted Scates of Eureka Springs; numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
Greg was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Gertrude and Joe Fargo; maternal grandmother, Della Masterson; and paternal grandmother, Myrtle Scates.
Funeral services were July 27 at Faith Christian Family Church with Bro. Gary Hayhurst officiating. Interment followed at Eureka Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Academy of Excellence, 157 Huntsville Road, Eureka Springs, AR 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.
For those who didn't know Greg, this picture is a mere tease of what happened right before his mustache would lift the corners of his mouth into a full blown grin and his wonderful gravelly voice would start telling another funny story. He is terribly missed.