GREER, J. MARCUS JR., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family at Baptist East Hospital July 30, 2012.
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Born July 15, 1926, in Louisville, son of the late J. Marcus Greer Sr. and Ave (Crush) Greer. Marcus was an Army Air Corps veteran during World War II. He retired after 35 years with General Electric and helped open Appliance Park. Marcus was active in community service as volunteer, leader, and inspiration to those he served. He was a founding and current member of St. Martha Catholic Church, and former member and pastoral volunteer at St. Bartholomew.
He is preceded in death by brothers, A. Latta Greer and Jim B. Greer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Eileen (Sweeney) Greer; sons, J. Marcus "Mark" Greer III, Mike Greer (Jen) of Falls Church, VA, and Marty Greer (Lisa); grandchildren, Heather, Michelle, and Ryan Greer; a sister, Janet (Greer) Graviss of Lexington, KY, and a brother, John Greer (Donna) of Lawrenceburg, KY.
Marcus was widely known by elected and government officials, other community organizers, and the people he served as a champion for those who did not have a voice. He received mayoral appointments to several councils including Goals for Greater Louisville. He was past president and life-long member of the Buechel and Fern Creek Rotary Clubs; founding member of BANA (Buechel Area Neighborhood Assoc), C.H.O.I.C.E., Inc. of Louisville, and Fern Creek Residents for Proper Planning. He was instrumental in starting the Fern Creek Volunteer Fire Dept in the 1940s and served as Trustee and Board Member of Buechel Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a member of Floyds Fork Environmental Assoc, Falls City Region Model "A" Ford Club, and National Assoc of Watch and Clock Collectors. His great passion was sharing his love of wood working, restoring clocks, and gardening with others.
Marcus is providing the gift of life by bequeathing his remains to the Univ of Louisville. In lieu of funeral visitation there will be a memorial mass at 11 a.m. on August 11, 2012 at St. Martha Church, 2825 Klondike Lane. The family will receive friends prior to mass at 10 a.m.
Expressions of sympathy on his behalf to Mass Of The Air, 508 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4, 2012