Gregory “Greg” Scott Cress was a caring husband, father, son, friend, teacher, and coach. He left this world suddenly and stepped into eternity on May 26, 2021, at the age of 58 at his home in Lakeland, Florida.

Greg was born to Larry and Joy Cress on February 6, 1963, in Concord, North Carolina. After graduating from high school, Greg headed to Southeastern University to follow the calling God placed on his heart. He met his wife, Tammy Cress at Southeastern and together they had three children Aaron, Eric, and Katelyn “Kati.” Greg spent time in the ministry at North Olmsted Assembly of God in Ohio, Rochester Assembly of God, and Viola Bible Church in Minnesota. While in Rochester, Greg was also a teacher and coach at Schaeffer Academy.

Greg has spent the past fifteen years working for the Polk County Public School District as a teacher and coach at Kathleen High School and Central Florida Aerospace Academy where he taught Advanced Placement history classes and coached baseball, golf, and tennis. He loved history and took great pride in sharing his passion with his students. He loved and enjoyed his students immensely. As much as he loved teaching and coaching, he loved the Lord even more. He put the Lord first in his life and enjoyed attending and serving at Access Church Lakeland.

Greg is survived by his spouse, Tammy Cress and his children, Aaron & Maria Cress, Eric Cress & Robin Lilley, and Katelyn & Michael Hagan. He is also survived by his parents, Joy & Larry Cress, and his brother, Bryan & Karen Cress as well as his niece, Sarah Cress, and nephews Bryson & Brayden Cress. Greg is preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert & Rachel Cress and Joseph John Henry Thomas Sr. & Viola Elizabeth Thomas.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on June 5, 2021, at Access Church located at 4303 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL. Greg expressed his vision to Tammy for his memorial service should that day come. He wanted a celebration of his life with everyone dressed casually. Please feel free to attend in casual attire. For a link to the Memorial Service with more information visit

Condolences may be sent to the family at Heath Funeral Chapel.

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