MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Family and friends are saying goodbye to a pillar of the community on Tuesday.
A private service for Jack Vidmer Greer is being held at the family’s chapel in Theodore. A public celebration will follow.
Greer – or “Jack V.” as the Greer’s team called him – served as president of the family-owned grocery chain starting in the 1980s until he retired two decades later.
Greer, a Mobile native, passed away peacefully at his home on July 2, according to his family. He was 91.
You can read his full obituary below:
JACK VIDMER GREER September 26, 1927 – July 2, 2019 Jack V. Greer, a native of Mobile, Alabama, passed away peacefully at his home on July 2, 2019. He was born on September 26, 1927. He and the love of his life Janice Wheeler Greer married October 9, 1948 and just celebrated 70 years of marriage. Jack graduated from Murphy High School and attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC where he played basketball. He graduated from the University of Alabama and enjoyed college life with his friends in Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) Fraternity while there. He loved watching Alabama football! He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army stationed in Camp Lee Petersburg, Virginia where he received his honorable discharge. Jack and Janice were presented the Lou Fox Community Service Award by Associated Wholesale Grocers in 2016 as Greer’s celebrated its 100th Anniversary and was recognized as the Grocery Retailer of the Year by the Alabama Grocers Association. Jack was a founding member and dedicated to supporting Mobile BayKeeper. His efforts to help preserve the environment and waters of Mobile Bay were recognized also. Jack has served as President of various organizations and foundations through the years including the Mobile Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Mobile Association of the Blind, the Mobile Exploreum, National America’s Junior Miss Program & Foundation, Advisory Board Member for Mobile Chamber of Commerce, and a founding member of Mobile Bay Keeper, Bay Bank and Skyline Country Club. Jack and Janice also hosted Exchange Students from Honduras and other countries through the years. Jack V., as the Greer’s Team calls him, lived the Greer’s Team Vision to bring added joy, well-being and value to people’s lives! In 1948 he started in the grocery industry bagging and checking groceries. He served in many supervisor, manager and director roles throughout his years. Jack V. impacted the lives of many employees and vendors through the years and said many times, “I tried to give my best and to learn from the best!” His soon to be published book “How to Get Along in a Family Business” is filled with wit, wisdom and lessons learned through the years. One of his favorites was “WORK TOGETHER. A kickin’ horse don’t pull and a pullin’ horse don’t kick!” Jack V. served as President of Autry Greer & Sons, Inc., the 5th generation family owned grocery business, from the 1980’s until he retired. Through the years Jack with Janice’s love and support developed Greer’s Sunny Cove Village on the family property down the bay. He loved projects as all who knew him will attest! He helped preserve two historic buildings St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the 1859 Toulminville School which were moved to the property, renovated on site. The Colonial Dames of the XVII Century of w which Janice is a member arranged for the Historical marking at the school. Along with the Greer Family Chapel and the Toulminville School House, Sunny Cove Village includes Jack’s Lake, replica of a general store, grist mill, covered bridge, train station, pottery shop, blacksmith shop, ark, maritime museum, saloon, windmill and golf course. He developed The Village to provide educational opportunities and field trips for local school children and church groups, as well as a camp site for local scouts, and to be a special place lighting the Village at Christmas time with a community-wide Winter Wonderland celebration for family and friends, and for weddings and reunions. Along with Sunny Cove Village, he developed Greer Gardens and Sunny Cove Farm on the family property. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Barton Greer, Sr. and Dorothy Claire Dodge Greer, his sisters Dorothy Eugenia Greer Radcliff and Helen Sibley Greer Mooney, and his brother Joseph Barton (Bartee) Greer, Jr. Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years Janice D’Olive Wheeler Greer and his four children, Janice Wheeler Greer Endfinger (Gene), Jack Vidmer Greer, Jr. (Sally), Julia Claire Greer Cone (Louie), and Kathryn Murrell Greer Martindale (George), as well as 12 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Celebration of Life Service and Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Family will gather for the Service in Greer Family Chapel at11:00 a.m. Celebration Visitation to follow in the Schoolhouse from Noon to 2:00 p.m. with friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mobile BayKeeper, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Mobile Rotary Club, or a charity of your choice.