BY SABRINA BATES
DRESDEN (December 13) – The Emergency Medical Services community in Weakley County is mourning the loss of one of their brothers this week after he succumbed to complications from COVID-19 Sunday.
Bobby Greer is described as having an infectious sense of humor and contagious, larger-than-life personality. He served as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for the Weakley County Ambulance Service for many years. Greer was formerly a team member at MTD Products.
News of his death Sunday afternoon spread quickly on Facebook as people updated their profile pictures to the blue EMS emblem bearing the words, R.I.P. Bobby Greer. Prayers of comfort circulated on the social media site, while others shared memories of him and condolences for his wife, Christie, and the couple’s three children – Ryeson, Lexie and Ashleigh.
Comrade Rick Workman, a long-time Weakley County paramedic, spoke of the partnership they shared and the extended family one gains working alongside EMS members.
“When you have a partner, your immediate family grows to include your partner, and their family. Their successes become yours. Their losses also become yours … Today, we lost one of ours. We are numb. When we lose one by accident, we hurt, but take it in our stride, and carry on. When we lose one to a contagious disease, we stop, cry, pray, and wonder why it wasn’t us. Bobby Greer fought as hard a fight as anyone could have, and lost that fight. But, he only lost the fight to the disease. Bobby won at life! He had a beautiful family, that he was so proud of. He had an infectious sense of humor that just drew you in. Bobby never met a stranger,” Workman wrote.
“If Bobby ever told you that he had your back, you didn’t have to look back and wonder where he was. You just kept going forward with the knowledge he was there. Bobby loved helping people, even when it physically hurt him to do so. When Bobby gave, he gave all he had, whether it was money, time, attention, or love,” he added.
Services for Greer, the avid Kentucky Wildcats fan and mostly gentle giant, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 17, at Sunset Cemetery in Dresden.