Billie (Billy) Greer|
PALMVALLEY, TX. --
Billy Francis Greer peacefully entered into Eternal Rest Saturday, October 12, 2013 from complications of heart disease and COPD.
Billy was born December 2, 1926 in Joplin, Missouri to George and Beulah (Barker) Greer. He attended elementary schools throughout Texas and Louisiana. Billy graduated from Orland High School in Orland, CA. He fought forest fires throughout the northern California mountain ranges before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a marine scout during the Battle of Okinawa, where he was wounded. He received a Purple Heart for his services. After nine months in a body cast, he used the GI Bill to graduate from Oregon State University with a degree in Fish and Game Management.
His career with the U.S. Commercial Fisheries Department held him responsible for vessel financing throughout the Gulf of Mexico, eventually leading him to Texas. He knew many of the boat owners and captains of the area on a first name basis. In 1968 he was made an Honorary Admiral of the Texas Navy and was celebrated with a Shrimp Boat parade in Corpus Christi with Lady Byrd Johnson in attendance. While assessing hurricane damage in 1970, he suffered a career ending heart attack. He then moved to Bayview to pursue his passion in hunting and fishing. He truly enjoyed the outdoors, hunting in Texas and Mexico for many years, with duck hunting always being his specialty. His name was mentioned several times in hunting and game magazines during his time in Florida. With his unending drive he still hunted successfully last season, while confined to a wheelchair.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Beulah (Barker) Greer; sisters, Marie and Nedra of Orland, CA, his first wife Merilyn Sutherland, and second wife Mary Jo Greer.
He is survived by his children, William "Bill" Greer (Tammi), Gale Janess Greer (Lorren) Robin Lynn Greer, John Sutherland Greer (Angela), step son Richard Buffett and seven grandchildren plus two great grandchildren.
The family especially wants to thank Esmeralda (his Sweetie) who took care of him for the past three years.
He will be greatly missed but his memory will always live in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Veterans Memorial Project Committee, P.O. Box 2862, Harlingen, Texas 78551.
No services will be held.
Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on Oct. 16, 2013