James Greer



James K. Greer, 66, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Houston.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Bobby Bressman and Bro. Josh Sanford officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Mr. Greer was born November 16, 1950, in Nacogdoches, to Thomas Bill Greer and Bettye Smith Greer. Mr. Greer was a 1969 graduate of Diboll High School.  He received both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Texas A&M University. After 26 years of serving as a County Extension Agent for Agriculture & 4-H, he retired from the Texas Cooperative Extension Service in 2003.  He continued his passion for serving youth and the agriculture community in Shelby County after retirement.  He became a popular local radio personality with his daily program on KDET in Center called Agriculture This Morning.    He served as deacon at First Baptist Church in Center, taught the 7th and 8th grade boys Sunday School class and was a devoted supporter of the youth programs at the church for over 20 years, leading many youth to Christ through those years.  An avid Aggie, he and his family attended Texas A&M Football games every season for 40 years.  He officiated high school football for 20 years with the East Texas Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials.  In recent years, he served as Life Coach for the Center ISD athletic program.  He was elected to serve on the Center ISD School Board in 2014 and served as President since elected.  He served as a board member for both the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Shelby County Farm Bureau for many years.  He often judged poultry shows across East Texas and was very involved with the East Texas Poultry Festival show and sale.  As a 3rd generation cattleman, he operated Greer Charolais with his family, marketing Charolais bulls to commercial cattlemen and traveling throughout Texas and the nation showing Charolais cattle.  In all of his endeavors, he demonstrated his love of God, family, youth and cattle.
He is survived by
Wife: Becky Greer of Center
Collin Greer and wife, Courtney, of Shelbyville
Kristen Clark and husband, Greg, of Rio Vista
Carter Greer of Shelbyville
Camille Greer of Shelbyville
Mother: Bettye Greer of Diboll
Sister: Jean McCollum and husband, Michael, of Naples, Florida
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Preceded in death by
Father: Thomas Bill Greer
Pallbearers will be John Henry Holloway, Jason Locke, John Michael Burns, Terry Scull, Bryan Wages and David Koonce.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to James Greer Youth Ministry Memorial, First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935 or James and Becky Greer Scholarship, Center Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 152, Center, Texas 75935.
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