Sam Greer, son of the late Gertrude and Sam Creer, was born March 21, 1920 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was the eldest of 12 siblings. He began working at a very young age and in 1940, he met and married Lilian Rogers. From this union, they had four children. After 15 years, Sam and Lilian were divorced and in 1955, he chose to relocate to Oakland, Ca., where he began a new phase of his life.
After experiencing numerous employment opportunities, Sam was employed in Oakland by Capri Sausage Company, which later became Gallo. His employment began at an entry level but he quickly advanced, becoming one of the top sausage makers at the company.
In 1970, Sam’s life changed when he met and married his best friend and life partner, Mary Louise Booz’e. Through their union, they became a blended family with his five children and Mary’s additional three. The Greer family then relocated to Hayward, Ca., where they permanently resided. Upon retirement, they continued being active through employment at Walmart. Sam was a gregarious individual and enjoyed the position of greeter at Walmart for several years.
Sam and Mary were both active members of Greater Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland where they served as honorary deacon and deaconess. When they weren’t involved in their ministry, they enjoyed spending time with their families and traveling the world whenever they had the opportunity. Among his hobbies were gardening, entertaining, winemaking and playing dominoes.
Sam peacefully departed this life on Jan. 29, 2020, with two of his daughters by his side. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, and his brothers William, Thomas, Jimmy and David; sister Sally, and daughter Deborah.
He leaves to cherish his memory daughters Elizabeth, Dorothy, Sandi and Sammie; sons, Sam Jr. (Cynthia), Henry and Glenn (Brenda); brother John (Alberta), sisters Gloria (Leon) and Ida and sister-in-law Faye; granddaughters Yolanda, Samantha, Fracie, Paris and Bianca; grandsons Roderick (Janelle), John (Cynthia), D’Andre (Angela), Sam III (Aimee), Edward (Tammy), Shedrick and Dominic; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbors and friends.
Quiet hour is on Feb. 6, 2020, at Chapel of the Chimes in Union City from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the funeral is on Feb. 7, 2020, at Greater Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.