Walt Greer, 86, of Westview Drive, Sparta, completed his journey here on earth to begin a new life in heaven on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at Alleghany Health in Sparta.

He was born June 17, 1933, in Ashe County to Lloyd and Mattie Jordan Greer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Pansey Burgess, and one brother, Buster Greer.

Life was difficult in Depression-era Ashe County. Walt was so proud of his first fishing rod and reel he bought from bottles he picked up. He kept that rod and reel his whole life.

After high school, Walt moved to Norfolk, Va., and joined the U.S. Army. After his military service, he returned to North Carolina, met and married Shelby Shumate and began working for Lowe’s Hardware. In 1959, the young couple moved to Sparta and Walt began working in the new Lowe’s store in Sparta.  He remained with Lowes until his retirement in 1978.  Walt was a member of First Baptist Church of Sparta.

Walt enjoyed his yard, watching his grandchildren grow, auctions, Fox news and beagle puppies. He was hesitant to throw away any item that still might have use left in it.  He liked talking to friends, visits from family and watching the New River meander slowly downstream. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shelby Greer of the home; one son, Craig Greer and wife, Keli, of Mooresville; and one daughter, Tina Bentley and husband, Joel, of Hickory. He is also survived by three grandchildren who were a constant fountain of joy for him, Riley Greer, Gavin Bentley and Madeleine Bentley; two sisters-in-law, Marcella Greer of North Wilkesboro and Charlotte Shumate of Crumpler; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family requests the honor of your presence at the funeral service to honor the life of Walt at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in the chapel of Grandview Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Sparta Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by Bruce Wayne Osborne VFW Post 7034.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home and other times at the residence.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

The family would like to extend special thanks to his friends, neighbors, doctors and the staff of Alleghany Family Practice.

Grandview Memorial Funeral Home is proudly serving the Greer family. Online condolences may be submitted to the family at www.grandviewfuneralhome.com.

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