Richard Lavelle Greer
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Keithville, LA- Funeral services for Richard Lavelle Greer, 67, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in Rose-Neath's Southside Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Robert Rowland, Pastor of Keithville United Methodist Church, Mr. Joe Donchess, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association, and Richard's cousin, Rev. McKee Williams. Interment will follow at Keithville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the funeral home.
Richard was born November 16, 1944 in New Orleans, LA to Lavelle "Curley" and Estelle McKee Greer. He passed away June 9, 2012 in Keithville following a courageous four year battle with a grade four malignant brain tumor.
Richard was preceded in death by his son, Joe Greer; nephew, Michael Jackson; his parents; and mother-in-law, Patricia Brightwell. Survivors include Richard's wife of 42 years, Susan Henley Greer; son, Matthew Blair Greer and wife Sara; daughter-in-law, Melodi; grandchildren, Wyatt Richard Greer, Sophia Louise Greer, Codi Bailey and husband, Johnathan, and Dusti Jo Greer; great-grandchildren, Landry Joseph Bailey and one unborn great-grandson; sisters, Gay Greer and Ron, Beverly Jackson and husband, Lamar; nephew, Les Jackson; aunt, Mary McKee Williams, and a host of cousins. His faithful four legged friends, Rocky Bon Jovi and Tiger, also mourn his loss.
Pallbearers will be Elton Beebe, Lemmie Walker, Harvey Burford, Sammy Kemp, A.W. McDonald, Em Cragar, Ron Springer, and Matt Robinson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ron Payne, Craig Brashier, Richard Guilbeaux, Jim Adams, Johnny Terrell, Frank Sotile, and Mark Smith.
Richard was raised on a dairy farm in Stonewall, LA. He was a graduate of Stonewall High School and attended LSU and Centenary College. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Richard began his work career as an accountant for Roberts, Cherry and Company. He continued his career as Administrative Vice President with AMI Corporation and then served as Divisional Vice President with Southmark/National Heritage. In 1989 Richard became the principal in Health Care Capital, a start-up company that owned, leased, and operated 60 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in 14 states. Active in industry policy, Richard has served in leadership positions with long term care trade associations, including the Board of Directors of the American Health Care Association. He has also served as a consultant to other nursing facility operators and as a lobbyist for the Louisiana Nursing Home Association. Richard joined Southwest LTC's management team in 2004. With more than 43 years experience in the long term care profession, he has served in leadership positions with several regional management companies as well as industry trade organizations.
Richard loved and supported 4-H Club work. As a Club member he received the Governor's Award for outstanding livestock achievements and served as State 4-H President. He was awarded the Attorney General's Award for adult leadership, and actively supported the 4-H Scholarship Foundation. He contributed to many 4-Her's lives and their families' lives through his support of 4-H livestock projects.
Richard was a third generation cattleman, forming R&R Cattle Company with long time farm partner and friend, Ron Springer. They raised cattle that were recognized nationally and statewide as champions in their breeds.
Richard was a longtime supporter of Dixie Youth Baseball. He served on the Dixie Board and sponsored numerous teams which laid the groundwork for select and travel baseball in Shreveport today.
As an avid supporter of LSU Athletics, Richard passionately traveled across the country to follow his Tigers.
Richard never met a stranger. He has touched the lives of countless individuals. His faith in God as well as his family's faith in God has helped them rely on God's grace especially in this experience. Richard loved and supported the Keithville United Methodist Church with his time and his gifts.
Richard's family wishes to acknowledge the following for their compassionate care and personal interest during his illness: Dr. Bill Bickham, Dr. Anil Nanda, Dr. Chip McDonald, Dr. Stanford Katz, Dr. Gurleen Sikand; the staffs of Willis-Knighton North, Willis-Knighton Cancer Center, and LSU Health Sciences Center; the staff of LifePath Hospice, his nurses, Susie and Cassandra; and his family friend and companion, Josephine Blackshire.
In lieu of flowers, take someone you love out to dinner and let them know how special they are to you...time is a gift with an expiration date. Gifts may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, and/or Keithville United Methodist Church.
Published in Shreveport Times from June 11 to June 13, 2012