James Richard “Jim” Greer, 53, of Amarillo became our snow angel Monday, November 12, 2018.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 16, 2018, at Hillside Christian Church, Northwest Campus, with Chris Condit officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
The only things bigger than Jim’s physical stature was his heart and personality. His presence quickly filled any space. He never met a stranger. Sentiments the family have repeatedly heard are- “He was always so nice to me” & “He always made me feel welcome”.
There was nothing Jim was more proud of than his two kids, Max and Kaylee. He was always bragging on them. He inherited two more kids and a dog: William, Kaitlin and Bruzer. He was an amazing father to them all. The precious grand babies Lilly Jade and Cash Maxwell knew him as Jimpa. He watched them with pure joy in his eyes. He opened his arms to his children’s spouses and loved them as his own. We have always been and will always be an incredibly strong, supportive and loving family. Jim made sure of that. To say Jim adored his wife Karissa would be an understatement. They truly were each other’s soul mates. Many people admired the love that they shared for one another.
Jim was a crazy sports fanatic: golf, football, baseball, March Madness. You name it he was watching it. Sports were always on one of his many TV’s throughout the house. His 70″ flat screen was his pride and joy (don’t tell the kids!). Any plans he made had to be scheduled around sports. Anywhere he went he had to see the TV and would eventually control the remote. Golfing was his passion and he loved his group of golfing buddies. They razzed each other unmercifully but were brothers. Golf was what he looked most forward to. His last round of golf was at his favorite course, Ross Rogers, where he shot a birdie on the last hole he played. His first hole he played in heaven was the hole-in-one that eluded him on earth. “Hit, Run, Giggle”
Jim worked hard for the entirety of his life. He was the epitome of a self-made man. People who knew him would say that he could sell ice to an eskimo. Business acquaintances went out of their way to pray for him and check in on him after his illness began. He continuously made an impact on everyone around him. He always said what he meant and meant what he said, which people absolutely loved about him.
When Jim was diagnosed with gastric cancer on July 10th, it seemed that our whole world stopped spinning, but he made a point to remain positive and made sure that we did too. He spent 30 days in the hospital requiring two emergency surgeries. Jim could never gain the strength to fully recover and beat this vicious disease. His family and friends will tell you that he never complained once and fought as hard as he possibly could. He handled the disease with class and dignity that we can all only hope to emulate. In true Jim fashion when he made up his mind that he was ready to go, he went. Cancer sucks! He would say “it is what it is”.
Jim/Dad/Jimpa will always be loved, missed and remembered by everyone. He is irreplaceable.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Greer; and brother-in-law, Chuck Taylor.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Karissa Greer, of the home; his father, Bob Greer, of Amarillo; his mother Donna Senyard, of Amarillo; his children, Max Greer and wife Jamie, of Lubbock, Kaylee Greer of Ennis, Montana, William Sims, and Kaitlin Downs and husband Zac, all of Amarillo; his siblings, Kathy Taylor, Billy Greer and wife Maree, all of Amarillo, Clark Greer and wife Teresa, of Burleson, Alan Greer and wife Judy, of Longmont, Colorado, Robert Greer and Chris Greer both of Amarillo; and two beautiful grandchildren, Lilly Jade and Cash Maxwell.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to High Plains Food Bank, Jim’s Favorite charity.