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Obituary Project

Here you will find a collection of obituaries for members of the Greathouse family. If you have other obituaries about members of the Greathouse family, please submit them to Greathouse Point.

08/30/2005 :: John Pershing Greathouse, Biloxi, Mississippi
10/10/2003 :: Delsie Erma Greathouse, Spencer, West Virginia
2003 :: Stanley E. Greathouse, Johnsonville, Illinois
01/11/2002 :: Merrill Greathouse, Birmingham, Alabama 

02/25/1925 :: George Phillip Greathouse, Eureka, California

John Greathouse services
(submitted by Gail E. GREATHOUSE)

A native of Scipio, born September 17, 1894, son of the late Thomas and Nancy Taylor Greathouse, he was a member of the Scipio Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge of North Vernon.

Funeral Services were conducted by Rev. A.E. Lacy, Jr., at the First Baptist Church at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Burial was in Vernon Cemetery.  The Masonic Lodge held services at the Dowd Funeral Home at 8:30 Monday night.

Surviving are two sons, Don and Harold Greathouse, both of North Vernon; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild, and a brother, Marion Grathouse of Miami, FLA.  His wife, Mildred, preceded him in death in 1963 (North Vernon Sun)

Mrs. Greathouse dies
(submitted by Gail E. GREATHOUSE)

The community was shocked and saddened Monday morning at the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. John (Mildred) Greathouse, 64, at the Greathouse Hardware Store in North Vernon.

She had come down to the store on Monday morning, as was her usual custom, with her husband.  Shortly before 10:30 she complained of not feeling well and went to the back of the store to lie down a minute.  She died a few minutes later with death apparently due to a heart attack.

She was born in Jennings county on July 7, 1899, the daughter of Benjamin and Martha (VanCleve) Davis.  Survivors include her husband, John; two sons, Donald and Harold; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild' and a sister, Mrs. Edith Reifus, Tucson, Ariz.

Well known and well liked in the community, she was an active member of the Baptist Church here and amember of the Loyal Daughters Class at the church.  She was also a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and the Home Ec Club.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, October 23, at two o'clock at the First Baptist Church in North Vernon.  Rev. A.E. Lacy was in charge of the services with the burial being in the Vernon Cemetery.  Diekhoff and Vance Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral services. (North Vernon Sun October 24, 1963)

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Mary Lou Greathouse
(submitted by Wanda K Ellerbee)

Mary Lou Greathouse, 98, a homemaker, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, in Abilene.

Cryptside service: 2 p m Friday in Greenwood Mausoleum. Memorials: Henrick Hospice Care, P O Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604, or Ridglea Methodist Church.

Mary Greathouse was born July 6, 1900, in Ellis County.  She was one of 10 children of Mary Lou and James M Batchler; (he was an East Texas cotton farmer and early West Texas rancher).

In 1919, she married Joseph Greathouse.  They lived in Fort Worth, where he practiced law for over 50 years.  He served in the Texas House and authored the legislation that saved the homes of thousands of Texans during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

She moved to Abilene in 1996.  She was a member of Ridglea Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James Meng, formerly of Throckmorton.

Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Armstrong of Abilene; grandchildren, Joseph G. Armstrong of New York City, James M.  Meng of Memphis, Tenn., William C. Meng of Throckmorton, Mrs. Robert S.  Gee of Abilene and Mrs. Donald E Spence of Plano; seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Rd, Fort Worth, TX, 336-0584

The Ridglea Methodist Church and the Greenwood Mausoleum are in Fort Worth, TX.

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Arvin Industries retiree
(submitted by Gail E. GREATHOUSE)

Ronald L. Greathouse, 46, of Elizabethtown, died at 9:13 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 1994, at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove.

He had worked for 15 years at Arvin Indsutries before retireing in 1989.
Funeral will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Monday at Elizabethtown United Methodist Church, wit Rev. Lee Gernentz offciating.  Calling will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the  church.  Private graveside service will be conducted Tuesday at Garland Brook Cemetery.  Arrangements were by Myers Funeral Service, Reed and Jewell Chapel on 25th St.
Memorials may be made to Elizabethtown United Methodist Youth or the American Heart Association.

Mr. Greathouse was born November 24, 1947, in Columbus, the son of Charles and Loreda Elkins Greathouse.  He married Gail E. Collins in Milan, June 30, 1972, She survives.
Also surviving are sons, C. Gregory Greathouse of North Vernon and R.  Craig Greathouse of Elizabethtown; a daughter Ronda Greathouse Wesley of Elizabethtown, a grandson, Dakota Lee Wesley of Elizabethtown; sisters, Mary Catherine Miller of Anderson and Wilma Jean Schaefer of Columbus; and a brother, Frank Bennett of San Antonio, Texas.  (The Republic, Columbus, IN, September 11, 1994)

Rosa Lee (Tanner) Greathouse

Rosa Lee (Tanner) Greathouse is Spencer's oldest living resident. She was born at Spencer February 22, 1865, daughter of Jessie and Lucie Tanner, and granddaughter of Samuel and Sudnah Tanner, the first settlers of Spencer. In 1880 Mrs. Greathouse married Albert Goff, who died three years later, leaving the widow and one daughter, Kate who married Ott Lynch, and died in 1936. Later "Aunt Rosa", as she is known to everyone, married Marshall Greathouse who has also passed on.

"Aunt Rosa" makes her home with her step son-in-law and step daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Donohoe, on Front Street, where despite her 91 years, she is able to go around the house, still has a keen, active mind, and reads her Bible and the newspapers with the aid of a reading glass. Her hearing is somewhat impaired but she is able to hear sufficiently to carry on an interesting conversation.

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Simon M. Greathouse
(Submitted by Barbara M. Kelley)

These two obituaries came from microfilm copies, tape April thru June 1936, of "The Dominion News, Morgantown, WV, 1936" gotten at the WV University Colson Hall library in Morgantown, WV . They are typed as they were in the paper.

The Dominion News, Morgantown, W. VA., monday morning, May 4, 1936. Page 3


Simon M. Greathouse

Simon M. Greathouse, 84 year old, life-long resident of Preston and Monongalia counties, died Sunday morning at 2:30 o'clock at his home, 360 Brockway avenue, following a short illness.

Mr. Greathouse was born in Preston County Aug. 1, 1851.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs, A. J. McDaniel of Morgantown and Mrs. Randolph Liston of Kingwood, and one brother Roy Greathouse of this city.

[Note: Roy Greathouse was the son of Simon M. Greathouse.]

The Dominion News, Morgantown, W. VA., Tuesday morning, May 5, 1936. Page 9.


Greathouse Services

Funeral services for Simon M. Greathouse, 84 years old, a life-long resident of Preston and Monongalia Counties who died early Sunday morning at his home, 360 Brockway avenue, will be conducted today at 2 p. m. at the Gladesville Baptist Church.

The Rev. Mr. McMillen will be in charge of the rites.

[Note: Simon M. [Marcellus] Greathouse was my great-grandfather. The death certificate for Simon lists his father's name as Jacob Greathouse & his mother's maiden name as Catherine Nicola.]

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Thomas Greathouse
(submitted by Gail E. GREATHOUSE)

Thomas Greathouse a life long resident of this community, died at his home near here Sunday morning.  He was about 66 years of ageand is survived by his wife, daughter and three sons and four grandchildren.  Funeral at Oak Grove Tuesday afternoon.
(Reported in the North Vernon Sun October 2, 1919)

Warren Co. Ky Obits Forum

Virginia Nell GREATHOUSE
Posted by Sandi Gorin on Sat, 28 Nov 1998

Surnames: Greathouse, Jordan, Forrester, Collier
Name: Virginia Nell Greathouse
Residence: Louisville, KY
Died: Thursday, 26 November 1998, Louisville, 69.
Born: Edmonson Co KY
Occupation: Homemaker
Church: Smiths Grove Church of Christ
Daughter of: Morgan Forrester and Helen Jordan Forrester, decd.
Daughter: No Nell Greathouse Collier, Clarksville, IN Son: James Mitchell Greathouse, Louisville 3 grandchildren Services: 10:30 am Monday, 30 November 1998, Hardy & Son Funeral Home, Smiths Grove, burial Smiths Grove Cemetery.  Glasgow Daily Times, Friday 27 November 1998, p. 14.

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William Khendale Greathouse
(submitted by William Gary Greathouse)

William K. Greathouse, 73, of Gettysburg, PA died Sunday, 13 September 1998, at home in his sleep.

Born in Sutton, WV, he was the only child of Asa Carl Greathouse and Myrtle Jeanette Greathouse (nee Diggins).  He is survived by four children, William Gary Greathouse of Reston, VA; Susan Jane Davis of Fort Collins, CO; Kathy Jean Greathouse of Jackson Heights, NY; and Christina Lee Greathouse of Fairfax, VA.  In addition to his four children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson survive him.

During World War II, he served in the US Navy aboard LST 307, and saw action during amphibious assaults in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Normandy (Omaha and Sword Beaches) during the D-Day invasion.  After the War, he attended West Virginia Institute of Technology and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  At NACA (which later became NASA), he established his name in the aerospace industry by publishing 12 research reports that are still used throughout the world today to design jet engine exhaust systems.  In 1956,  he went to work for Grumman Aerospace, and rose to the position of Chief Propulsion Engineer.  At Grumman, he helped design aircraft and spacecraft including the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) and the F-14 Tomcat.  In 1979, he was awarded a patent for a thrust reverse nozzle for turbofan jet engines, and was named the Grumman Engineer of the Year.  He retired from Grumman in 1989, and remained extremely active with his family, model airplanes, traveling, hunting, genealogy, and surfing the Internet.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, 19 September 1998 in the Robertson-Greene Funeral Home in Sutton, WV.  He will be interred in Sutton Cemetery next to Jessie Lee Greathouse (nee Greene), his wife of 51 years who predeceased him by just over two years. Friends may call from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday, 18 September 1998 at the Robertson-Greene Funeral Home.

Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg is in charge of local arrangements.

A Tribute to William Khendale Greathouse
(submitted by: Patricia Dodd Greathouse)


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Catherine (Greathouse) Spencer

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday at Slate Methodist Church on the Arnoldsburg Road, for Mrs. Catherine S. Spencer, 87, of Otto Star Rt., who died Monday morning at her home after a 10-week illness. Burial will be in Greathouse Cemetary. Hardman-Conrad Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born January 17, 1875 in Spencer, a daughter of the late William and Charity Bowers Greathouse. She was a lifelong member of the Slate Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Harry O. Spencer; five daughters, Mrs. Ona Propps, Logan, Ohio, Mrs. Eva Maxwell, Grantsville, Mrs. Della Moore, Mrs. Dolly Simmons and Mrs. Gracie Nichols, all of Spencer; a son, Dewey H. Spencer, Ovapa; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

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