Harold Greeson Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, NC
Greeson, Harold “Hal”
March 10, 1941 – May 31, 2021
Harold “Hal” Franklin Greeson, who lived in Greensboro all his life, passed away on Monday May 31st at the age of 80. Born in South Greensboro on March 10, 1941, to AW and Isobel Greeson, he graduated from Greensboro Senior High School in 1959 as a thoroughly accomplished attorney and demon deacon, and received an undergraduate degree and a law degree from Wake Forest University . He began his career in civil and criminal law and later became an expert in personal injury, medical malpractice and plaintiff law. As a member of local, state and national bar associations and attorneys, he honored the call to civic duty when he was appointed by the court, as in the trials following the 1979 clash between members of the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party and the Communist Labor Party which led to his participation in a retrospective on the History Channel.
He was a lifelong member of the Greensboro Jaycees and a respected old timer, and served as president in 1972. His work with the Jaycees resulted in a Jaycee International Senatorial Post, the highest honor the organization can bestow for outstanding service. He was also a member and trustee of the Greensboro Elks Club, where he would often play pool on Wednesday nights and hang out with friends at the lodge. When not at Elks Club or at his grandchildren’s sporting events, he used his talented woodworking skills to make just the right gift.
An avid fisherman, Hal enjoyed the annual family beach trips, which gave him the opportunity to fish in the surf, on the pier, or in the deep sea. Those beach trips have fond memories of Papa Neck’s many antics – from wearing a grass skirt and coconuts to portraying Sonny Bono in a Sonny-and-Cher-Sing-A-long – anything to make you laugh. He loved playing guitar, trying themed kitchens every year, watching the grandchildren’s original productions, and telling endless stories.
Hal is survived by his wife, Sherry Greeson; his children, Harold Franklin Greeson Jr. and wife Debbie of High Point; Abigail Brooks Steelhammer and husband John of Mooresville; Mark Christian Weaver and Mrs. Corrie of Greensboro; Derrick Gray Weaver and Mrs. Heather of Raleigh; Scott Andrew Weaver and wife Jenny of Granite Falls; and his grandchildren, who know him fondly as Papa and Papa Hal: Gracie Brooks Steelhammer, Christian Weaver, Gray Weaver, Hope Weaver, Dolan Weaver, Connelley Weaver, Coleman Weaver, Jenson Weaver and Patterson Williams and her husband Zach.
The family would like to thank Julie and Shannon from AuthoraCare Collective for their great care, fun and laughter. Instead of flowers, the family is soliciting donations to hospice services at the Greensboro office of AuthoraCare Collective, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.
A Life Service celebration will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the North Elm Chapel of Forbis and Dick Funeral Service. The family is greeted with friends at the funeral home immediately after the service, followed by a reception at the Greeson residence.
Online condolences at www.forbisanddick.com.
Published by Greensboro News & Record on June 3, 2021.