Carol Smith Greer, 65, died this week at her home in Whiteville. Born in 1950 the daughter of Ernestine and Carlyle Smith, Carol grew up in Shelby and graduated from Shelby High School in 1969. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1973 from Wake Forest University, where she majored in music education and met Max Newton (Mickey) Greer.
After graduating from Wake Forest, Carol became minister of music and youth at First Baptist Church of Whiteville. She and Mickey were married there July 20, 1974. In 1976, Mickey lost both his parents, and the young couple, pregnant with their first child, moved into the longtime Greer family home.
Carol spent 15 years as minister of music at First Baptist Church, followed by 25 years as a music teacher in Whiteville City Schools. During this time, she and Mickey raised three children and mentored many others.
Like her father, Carol loved plants and had a green thumb. Like her mother, Carol wore a beautiful smile and saw herself as a servant to others, especially to children. She loved sunsets, her six grandchildren, sushi, reading and spending time with her family at Sunset Beach. Family and friends knew her to be a loving and selfless person.
In 2012, Carol suffered the death of her husband, Mickey.
Visitation will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 at McKenzie Mortuary with Rev. Ryan Clore officiating. A memorial service will be held at at 2 p.m. Monday Sept. 5 at Whiteville First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her three children, Ellen, Max, and Sarah, along with Ellen’s husband, Charlie, and children, Charles Jackson, Margaret and Anne; and Max’s wife, Cynthia, and children, Avery, Benton and Clara. Carol is also survived by her brother Jim Smith.
Memorials may be made to Whiteville First Baptist Church, to Families First, and to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville.