John Garvin Greer

Co F 16th Regt. SC Inf.

Birth: Apr. 22, 1846
Death: Jul. 14, 1936

Source: The Journal and Carolina Spartan
Date: 15 July 1936:

Former Police Chief of Greenville Dies

Greer, July 15 — John Garvin Greer, 90, Confederate veteran and prominent citizen of this section died Tuesday afternoon at his home in the Pleasant Grove community after an illness of four years.

Funeral services were to be held Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Pleasant Grove Baptist church, by the Rev. George Hopkins, the Rev. Paul Beacham, the Rev. D.D. Flannigan, the Rev. R. B. Vaughn and the Rev. Frank Snyder. Interment was to follow in the churchyard.

Pallbearers were to be Lee Smith, Arthur Harbin, Lee Henderson, H.W. Childs,Norris Smith and G.D. Wood. The following deacons of the Pleasant Grove church together with the following were to meet at 5:30 pm at the church to serve as honorary pallbearers: C. D. Stradley, J.R. Childress, J.T. Williams, Dr. H.L Brockman, Dr. D.B. Jackson, R.M. Hughes, the Rev. Harvey Taylor, and John W. Brown.

Known to many friends as “Captain Greer” , Mr. Greer enlisted at the age of 16 in the Confederate army, serving in Company F, 16th Regiment commanded by Capt. G.W. Holtzclaw.

Mr. Greer was wounded at Atlanta July 2, 1864 and on Nov. 30, 1864 he was taken as prisoner to Camp Chase, Ohio. He was discharged June 15, 1865 and returned to South Carolina July 4, 1865.

Born near Greer, Mr. Greer when a young man moved to Greenville and resided there 50 years. He served as the chief of the Greenville police department for 16 years.
For eight years he was a member of the firm of Snyder & Greer jewelers in Greer and he served as a special agent for the Southern Railway for 14 years. In 1900 he returned to Pleasant Grove and since then has been a member of of
the South Carolina Legislature from Greenville County for five terms. When 21 years old he became a member of the Baptist church and for a number of years he had been a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist church.

Mr. Greer was married three times, his first wife being Miss Janie Randall, his second Miss Fannie Foster and his third Miss Corrie Moon McKinney.

He is survived by his third wife and the following children, Mrs. J.M. Monts, Tampa, Fla; G.F. Greer and Mrs. W.A.Roper of Greenville,Mrs. M.Q. Martin of Delta, Colo., John Haskel Greer, Atlanta, Mrs. Ceile (?) Vaughn, A.J. Greer and John H. Greer, all of Greer, one step-daughter, Mrs. Eulis Greer, Taylors, 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Family links:
Luvenia Jane Randall Greer (____ – 1891)
Frances Leoline Foster Greer (1861 – 1900)
Corrie Moon Greer (1875 – 1953)

Eva Greer Roper (1878 – 1950)*
Kate M Greer Woods (1880 – 1965)*
J Haskell Greer (1884 – 1963)*
Harrell H Greer (1899 – 1900)*
John H Greer (1912 – 1986)*

Co F 16th SC Reg

Note: Has CSA Marker

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA