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Robert Frank Greer

Obituary for Robert Frank Greer

August 17, 1945 - May 16, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 72

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A celebration of life and memorial for Robert "Bobby" Frank Greer, 72, will take place at 4 pm on Friday, June 1st, 2018 at First Baptist Church San Antonio. A visitation will take place on Thursday evening, May 31st, 2018 from 6-8 pm, also at First Baptist Church San Antonio.

Bobby was born on August 17, 1945 in Fort Worth, TX, son of Herman & Dorothy Greer. He passed away on May 16, 2018 following a lengthy illness. Bobby was preceded in death by his father and mother, and is survived by his wife Jane; son Eric and his wife Tiffini, along with their children Grace and Alexander of San Antonio, TX; son Jonathan of Dallas, TX; sister Annette and her husband John of Birmingham, AL; brother Clyde and his wife Margie of Montevallo, AL; and brother Larry and his wife Peggy of Alfred, ME.

Bobby was born on August 17, 1945 in Fort Worth, Texas. His father was attending seminary at the time and soon packed up the family to move back to Alabama, where Bobby and his three siblings would grow up. During his childhood, Bobby lived in several small towns throughout Alabama, eventually finding himself in Geneva in fourth grade, where he would remain until his high school graduation.

Following high school, Bobby headed to college and graduated in May 1968 from Mobile College with a Major in Economics and Minor in Accounting. It was during that time that he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Jane Wilcox. They would marry on August 10, 1968 and move two weeks later to San Antonio, Texas, where they would begin their careers as public school teachers.

Bobby would have a 31 year teaching career, spending his first six years at McCollum High School, and then 25 years at John Jay High School. Though he had majored in Economics, Bobby soon found his niche in teaching business courses, including Economics, Accounting, Bookkeeping/Recordkeeping, and Keyboarding. While he was teaching at Jay, Bobby began driving a school bus which allowed Jane to stay home with their two children. Through his summer work with the Northside Independent School District's Transportation Department, he taught the vast majority of sports coaches within the district to drive a bus.

Always available to help a friend in need, Bobby lucked into a side profession through work with his long time friend Ed Petty. Ed needed help one summer with his irrigation company, so Bobby agreed to help and began to learn the ropes. Ed moved to Tyler, Texas and Bobby began to develop his own business. Before he knew it, Bobby was installing and repairing sprinkler systems on weekends and during the summer months. Irrigation became a great profession for him, and he continued his business well after his retirement from the classroom.

Many of the summer employees for his irrigation business were hand picked from the youth group at First Baptist Church San Antonio. Soon after arriving in San Antonio, Jane and Bobby found a church home at FBCSA and remained active members. Bobby was always finding a role in the church to continue his passion of teaching. He taught a variety of Sunday School classes, touching the lives from the preschool, children, youth, and adult departments. He was also a frequent member of the Finance and Buildings & Properties Committees, providing his sound, rational thinking to the day to day operations of the church. Bobby was also a deacon at the church and was given the honor of Life Deacon for his years of service to the church. Though not a trained musician, Bobby lent his voice to the Sanctuary Choir, maintaining a front row seat in the bass section for almost twenty years. The front row provided Bobby a chance to offer jokes and remarks throughout rehearsal, often throwing directors off guard.

This was certainly the charm of Bobby. No matter the circumstance, he always seemed to have a funny saying or an off-hand remark to lighten mood. And oh, so many stories. He was ever eager to tell a tale, even if the listener had heard it so many times that they themselves knew it by heart. The well worn stories never lost their magic through their retelling, because Bobby always told them with a mischievous smirk and a glisten in his eye.

Bobby's energy didn't falter after retirement, as he continued to find ways to serve his church and the community. Along with his busy schedule with his irrigation company, Bobby volunteered as part of the Blue Bird Auxiliary at the Methodist Hospital and began work with the Texas Baptist Disaster Relief Team. One day, Bobby would have a bluebird outfit, wheeling a patient out of the hospital. The next, he would don a helmet and wield a chainsaw, cutting back brush and debris to assist within communities hit by storms.

Throughout his life, the mischievous smirk was his calling card. Bobby was always telling stories, but his favorites were those about his family. The love of his life, Jane, was his wife for 49 years of marriage. They had two children during their marriage, Eric and Jonathan, and were grateful to gain a wonderful daughter-in-law, Tiffini, who married Eric in 1998. The two great joys of Bobby's last few years have been his grandchildren, Grace and Alexander. No visit with Bobby would be complete without a retelling of their latest quips or most recent adventure he had with his grandchildren.

Though most of his life was spent in Texas, Bobby was always an Alabama boy at heart. His parents Herman and Dorothy remained in Alabama until their deaths, and many family trips were spent visiting them along with other relatives of both Jane and Bobby. Bobby's brother Clyde and sister Annette remain in Alabama today, and his youngest brother Larry and his family live in Maine. Bobby was a lifelong Alabama football fan, and it was a frequent occurrence to see him decked out in his Crimson Tide hat and shirt.

In the last year of life, Bobby received extraordinarily compassionate care while at the Manor at Morningside Ministries and through Heart of Texas Hospice. The caregivers truly became friends and family and their genuine passion for their profession showed in their care of Bobby. In addition, the countless family and friends who provided love and support throughout these last few years shall never be forgotten by the family. It is truly beyond human words to describe the family's gratitude and affection for the acts of servanthood, kindness and friendship.

The writing of Bobby Greer's obituary is one of the hardest tasks because he lived such a full and vibrant life. It is hard to put in words a summary of a man who was so patient, thoughtful, and wise. A man who never took life too seriously but was the one you wanted to reach out to as a sounding board or simply for advice. A man who lived his faith not only by his words, but by his actions. Bobby Greer's legacy lives on in the memories we have of him, the stories he trusted us with, and with the impact he made on so many of our lives.

Rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Television Ministry of First Baptist Church San Antonio (https://www.fbcsa.org/mediaministry) or Morningside Ministries (https://www.mmliving.org/giving/).

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  • Television Ministry of First Baptist Church San Antonio (https://www.fbcsa.org/mediaministry) or Morningside Ministries (https://www.mmliving.org/giving/).

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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