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Guard John R. Greer

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 27, 1938

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Reflections for Guard John R. Greer

John Greer was my grandfather, and I was raised on stories of his challenging life, and his ferocious protection of his family. Family stories have him guarding Clyde Barrow during his time in Eastham in 1932. His wife, my grandmother (Daisy Greer), told of petitioning the judge to not apply the death penalty to one of the surviving escapees, because “Every man is some mother’s son.”

Johnnie Driessner

June 2, 2022

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 27, 2020

Guard Greer,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army.


United States Border Patrol

August 27, 2018

I was told so many stories throughout my life about this horrific day. My grandmother was his wife at the of the incident. She married my fathers dad after he passed away. She passed away when I was very young, so I learned most of the stories from my Aunt Billie Robinson which was his daughter. I know he was strong and fought hard to stay alive before he succumbed to his injuries eleven days later. God bless him and my entire family for their sacrifices.

Critical Care Paramedic Brandi Anderson
Granddaughter of his wife

March 21, 2017

Heroes live forever, Guard Greer, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

August 27, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 75th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 17, 2013

Thank you All, so very much in Rememberance of our GrandFather. I am Debra Fore (Theodos) daughter of Winnie Greer Fore.

Pvt-E Debra M.Fore (Honerable Discharge)
Grand Daughter

November 3, 2012

Rest in peace, Guard Greer. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

August 27, 2012

John Greer was my mother (Winnie) father. I also heard the story. would like any information on relatives.

Terry Kay Dukes
grand daughter box 421 brady tx 76825

May 4, 2012

John R Greer was my fathers' father I had heard the story Wish We could have known you My daddy died in January thank you for your protection

Letty Greer Gomez

March 4, 2012

he was my great grandad i always heard stories about him
from my big mama his wife at the time,and my grand ma. seeing this about him so many years ago is great.

jeff coward
great grand-son

February 10, 2012

Rest in peace, Guard Greer - you're not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

August 27, 2011

Johnny Greer was my grandfather. My mother winnie Greer Fore mourned her father all her life. She died 01-22-1980 in Brady Tx.
I researched the family line and grandfather Greer's ancestors can be traced back to the Reveoloution War.
The Greers were a tall, strong, dark hair and dark eyed pioneers. They started out in Tennesse and Kentucky.
These people were afraid of nothing. And according to my mother that was her father's downfall.
He rode into the out of line prisoners and that is what they wanted him to do. He was jumped and stabbed. Mother said he lived a full day before dying from his over 100 stab wounds. She said the guards shot down some of them. However, it was very foggy and some got further away and were hunted down and shot by Texas Rangers resisting arrest.
He left behind a wife, one living son, one deceased son, and 4 daughters. My grandmother struggled greatly to raise the children alone.Eventually she married Ben Anderson.
My husband Scott is a federal prison guard. There is not a shift gone by that I don't know somewhere deep within, that it can happen. We pray it doesn't.
Thank you for remembering my grandfather.
Sincerely, Frankie Diane Fore

Frankie Diane Fore
maternal granddaughter

April 5, 2011

Sir You are remembered today of Your untimely death 70 years ago. Thank You Sir for Your service. God Bless You and Your Family...

J Mullens
Federal Bureau of Prisons

August 27, 2008

Guard Greer,
On today, the 69th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country when you served in the U.S. Army.



August 27, 2007

Thank you for your service Officer Greer, We will pray for you and your family. Rest in Peace.


March 13, 2004

The men and women of the New Tazewell Police Department offer our extended condolences to the family of Guard John P. Greer.The Family and co-workers are in our thoughts and prayers.

New Tazewell Police Department

March 12, 2004

May God Bless officer Greer.Thank you for your service to "The Ham" and the state of Texas.

Texas Dept of Criminal Justice

March 10, 2004

John....thank you for your service & God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

March 7, 2004

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