Obituary - Charles F. Greevy, Jr.

Senior Judge Charles F. Greevy, Jr., 89, Williamsport native and lifelong resident, died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at Rose View Center, unexpectedly in his sleep at about 8 a.m.

He was born at Williamsport, May 2, 1914, the eldest son of the late Charles F., Sr. and Clara Tepel Greevy.

He was preceded in death by his late wife of 58 years, the former Eleanor Louise Seitzer. She died May 4, 1999. They were married June 15, 1940.

He was a man of many talents and served devotedly in many spheres. Educated in the Williamsport Schools, Judge Greevy began his practice of law in 1939, following graduation from Dickinson College and the School of Law, Carlisle. World War II interrupted his practice while for more than two years he served in the European, Atlantic and Pacific Theatres as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant.

He returned home in 1945 to resume his legal practice. He was nominated for Judge in 1951 and ascended to the bench in 1952. He was reelected for a second 10-year term and became the President Judge of Lycoming County in 1965. He was retained for an unprecedented third 10-year term in 1971. He served until Jan. 4, 1982. He retained his robes as a Senior Judge throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 20 years and presided at an adoption hearing in December 2002 as his last official case.

Judge Greevy's stature as a judge was matched by his unselfish contributions of talent and leadership to religious, educational, fraternal and civic interests. A member of the New Covenant United Church of Christ, he served as its first president, and previously as vice moderator of the last Evangelical and Reformed General Synod before the church merger occurred. He is a past president of the Williamsport Council of Churches, director of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, a former member of the Board of the Lancaster Theological Seminary and trustee of the Phoebe Home for the Aged.

Judge Greevy, during his active service as a citizen of his community, touched the lives of many; to note a few of his accomplishments, he served as: first co-chairman of the Williamsport Chapter of National Conference of Christians and Jews and on its National Board of Governors, a member of the executive committee of Lycoming College, Trustee of the James V. Brown Library, the first president of the local American Field Service Program, exalted ruler of the Williamsport Lodge No. 173, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Club, 55-year member and president of the Williamsport Kiwanis Club, local and state Chairman of the March of Dimes, 18-year board member, executive officer and past president of the Williamsport YMCA, board member and president of the Cleft Palate Clinic, director and vice president of the Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America, PA Youth Commission, member and vice president of the former Lycoming Community Chest and the Friends of the Court Program.

The Judge was active in major branches of Freemasonry. He was a 65-year member of John F. Laedlein Lodge No. 707, F. & A.M. He was a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and York Rite bodies, Valley of Williamsport, Lycoming Royal Arch Chapter No. 222, Adoniram Council No. 26., Royal and Select Masters, Baldwin II Commandery No. 22, Knights Templar, Irem Temple Shrine, Williamsport Shrine Club, the Howard Club, the Royal Order of Scotland, and the Red Cross of Constantine. He is a charter member of the National Sojourners Chapter No. 509, having served it as president and received its Hero’s Degree. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania College Masonic Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis. He is also a past celebrant of Rosicruciana. On Nov. 4, 1988, he was made a member on sight of the Grand Council Allied Masonic Degrees and shortly thereafter was instrumental in forming Susquehanna Council 245, A.M.D.

In the Scottish Rite, Judge Greevy served as Commander in Chief of Williamsport Consistory from 1962 to 1965 and has been a trustee. He became a 33rd Degree Mason in 1959 and was elected as an Active member of Supreme Council in 1965. On Sept. 29, 1983, he was named Deputy for Pennsylvania, the first member of the Valley of Williamsport, A.A.S.R. to be so honored. He served as Deputy until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75, in 1987. He was named as a PA Active Emeritus Member on Aug. 30, 1989, a position he held until his death. He also was an honorary member of the Supreme Councils of Peru and Honduras, of the Illinois Council of Deliberation, the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Pennsylvania and the Grand Commandery of Pennsylvania.

His honors and awards include being listed in Who’s Who in American Law, First Edition, Whoís Who in Masonry and Who's Who in the East. In 1990 he was awarded the Ben Franklin Award of the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge; in 1991, the Distinguished Citizen, Silver Beaver Award from the Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America; in 1994, the Public Service Award from the Williamsport-Lycoming Foundation; in 1998, the Williamsport Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award; in 2002, the Lycoming County Distinguished Citizen Award from the Lycoming County Commissioners and also the Lycoming Law Association Award for serving 50 years on the Bench. He was also the recipient of the National Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Outstanding Alumnae of Theta Chi Fraternity.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Ann G. and State Trooper John Shumaker, Grantville; three sons, Attorney Charles F. “Skip,” III and Gloria Greevy, Williamsport, Attorney Robert A. and Sophy Greevy, Hummelstown and Washington, D.C. Consultant David U. “Dug,” Greevy and Margaret Sims, Burke, Va.; seven grandchildren, Charles F. “Chad” Greevy IV, Megan E. Greevy, Nichole L. Greevy, Robert A. Greevy Jr., Fasy M. Greevy, Famy M. Greevy, and James D. “Jay” Greevy; two great grandchildren, Devan E. Greevy and Kalliyan M. Greevy; nieces and nephews and cousins.

Judge Greevy was preceded in death in addition to his parents and wife, Eleanor L. Greevy on May 4, 1999, by his brother and former law practice partner, Lester L. Greevy Sr. and his sister, Evelyn Greevy Finster Hand.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 19, from the New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St., Williamsport. His pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Woods-Henderson, will officiate. Interment will follow at Wildwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon and evening, May 18, at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 E. Central Ave., South Williamsport. Family member will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Masonic Funeral Service of Remembrance will be offered at 8 p.m. by members of the John F. Laedlein Lodge No. 707, F.& A.M. Williamsport. Flowers will be provided.

Contributions in memory of Senior Judge Charles F. Greevy Jr., may be made, if so desired, to Scottish Rite Masonic Charities, 33 Marriott Road, Lexington, MA 02420 or to Greevy Memorial Trust Fund, c/o New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701, or the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.