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Theodis Greer, Jr., born on October 16, 1930, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to proud parents Theodis Greer, Sr. and Magnolia Greer, passed away on September 25, 2023 at the age of 92. He is survived by his loving wife, Lillie Mae Greer, and his cherished children, Alisa Meireis (Rick) and Evelyn Magley (David) and youngest brother Alvin Williams (Betty). The legacy of Theodis lives on through his adored grandchildren: James Jackson III, Christopher Jackson, Jennifer Magley, Jessica Galvin, David Magley Jr., Daniel Magley, and great-grandchildren: Savannah Jackson, Anabel Jackson, Amelia Jackson, Blake Gabou, Grant Gabou, Isaac Galvin, Ava Galvin, Sadie-Grace Magley, Ellamae Magley, Thea-Gwyn Magley, and David Magley III.
Theodis was preceded in death by his siblings, Beatrice Mahan, Pearlia Mae Reynolds, Ophelia Allen, Amos Greer, Joseph Greer, Kirby Greer, Melvin Harris, and Louise Stewart.
In his early years, Theodis attended Hot Springs High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he made his mark as a dedicated football player. At the young age of 17, he volunteered for service in the United States Army. During his military service, he earned several accolades, including the Korean Service Medal with 5 Bronze Service Stars and the UN Service Medal, recognizing his commitment and bravery during the Korean War. He was a true patriot and hero.
On December 26, 1951, Theodis married the love of his life, Lillie Mae Kendall, and the couple embarked on a new chapter together in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His service to his country concluded with an honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States of America in June 1953, after which he returned to Kansas City, Kansas to begin their journey of life together.
Theodis and Lillie joined St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Rosedale, KS, in the Summer of 1953, and their faith became a cornerstone of their lives. They served their church community in various roles, including Director of Youth, Trustee, and Usher. Theodis had a deep affection for working with the youth and was dedicated to maintaining the church's building, grounds, and property.
The Greer family expanded with the arrival of Alisa Faye in August of 1955 and Evelyn Marie in July of 1957. Theodis continued his education and graduated from Vocational Training School in Kansas City. He began his career as a Respiratory Therapy Technician and eventually became the Supervisor of the Respiratory Therapy Department at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, where he dedicated over 30 years of service.
After his retirement, Theodis remained committed to making a positive impact on the lives of others through his involvement in both his church and the broader community. He was known for his unwavering dedication to spreading kindness and inspiration.
His favorite quote, "Hang in There," reflected his resilient spirit and served as a source of encouragement to all who knew him. Theodis enjoyed his leisure time, spending it trout fishing, camping, appreciating music, especially jazz, and passionately supporting sports teams, including the KU Jayhawks and the Kansas City Chiefs. He also took great joy in attending the sporting events of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, where he cheered them on with unmatched enthusiasm.
Theodis Greer, Jr. leaves behind a legacy of service, love, and perseverance. His memory will be cherished by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched throughout his remarkable journey.
Funeral services will be held on October 2, 2023 at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church, 4000 Minnie, Kansas City, KS 66103. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church, P.O. Box 3419, Kansas City, KS 66103, in honor of Theodis' commitment to making the world a better place.
Today, as we remember Theodis Greer, Jr., let’s celebrate a life that enriched us all. He may no longer be with us in person, but his memory will forever live on in our hearts.