Apex Funeral Home

550 W Williams St, Apex, NC


William Greer

September 18, 1946June 26, 2020

Joseph “William” Greer died June 26, 2020 at his home in Apex after a long illness. William was born on September 18, 1946 in Boone, North Carolina. He was the eldest son of Joe Hagaman Greer and Julie Day Greer, and brother to Ira “Ray” Greer who all preceded him in death. He is survived by his devoted wife Nellie Merritt Greer, his loving son Kyle (Megan) and his young grandson Will who is his namesake.

William was a man of faith who valued service and tradition. When Winn Dixie came to Cary in the early sixties, William went to work there while he was in school. His impeccable work ethic impressed Harry Stephenson, founder of the fledgling (at the time) Cary Oil Company. William went to work at Cary Oil immediately upon graduating from Cary High School in 1966 as one of the company’s first employees and, for decades, proudly drove his short truck to any customer that called. Often, he would make deliveries on holidays or through snow and ice to ensure his customers’ homes were warm, treating them as he would his own family. His quiet, strong, determined, and principled leadership helped define the character of Cary Oil from its earliest days. He knew and served thousands of customers as he delivered products to homes and businesses around the community. As the company’s business model evolved, William’s short truck job ended, and he transitioned to various office responsibilities. Upon his retirement in 2008, he stayed on for several years in a part-time role. William worked at Cary Oil for more than fifty years, establishing a legacy of hard work and humility that still carries the company today.

On December 4, 1976 William married his bride Nellie and in 1979 their son Kyle was born. A tight-knit family of three, William’s highest priority was his role as husband and father. He and Nellie were a package deal and enjoyed spending time together, especially with their church family. William’s faith was his cornerstone, and he humbly served as the greeter at Hope Community Church for several years, sharing his warm smile with everyone who passed through its doors. Quite possibly NASCAR’s biggest fan, William relished trips to the racetrack with various friends and family members, but especially with his cousin Jesse Day.

The family would like to thank their Cary Oil family, friends, extended family, neighbors and Liberty Hospice for their loving care and support.

A small private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Apex Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Community Church, a place William loved and where he faithfully served. Hope Community Church, Attn: Accounting, 821 Buck Jones Rd. Raleigh, NC 27606.

Philippians 2:3-4: Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.


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Van Finch

July 13, 2020

There is not enough room to fit in this allowed space for me to
share the memories and good times my family and I have had with William and his family. William is the definition of the phrase "he would give the shirt off of his back". He was a great neighbor and a person who set a high standard and raised the bar for his friends, family, and others who were fortunate enough to be around him. Just being William was good enough. He was admired for just being himself. To Nellie, Kyle, and family, we are sorry for your loss and we wish to help you if you
need us. May the Lord be with you. Van, Marilyn, Brandon, Jeremy, and Brookie Finch

Terri Ball

June 30, 2020

I remember I humble man, a wonderful co-worker and blessed friend. My days at Cary Oil was always special when my day started and I seen William. Always had a smile a kind word to say and a twinkie to give. We will miss you William . Rest in peace we love u!

JoAnne Stella

June 30, 2020

I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Greer during his last couple of years of life. He was such a sweet man. And no man has ever had a more devoted wife. Nellie loved him dearly and did everything possible to make him comfortable and happy. Heaven gained a sweetheart.

James Johnson

June 29, 2020

God has blessed me with the honor and pleasure of knowing this great man. He is kind, loving, and gentle. When I was the director of neighborhood development at Hope. He would always ask in excitement, "What's going on in the community." Whether I was forming a basketball mentorship program or neighborhood bible study, he was always excited to see different races of people coming to Hope.
Lord, I ask you to provide strength and peace for Ms. Nelie during her time of grief. I will continue to share his legacy and memories until we meet again. Rest in Pease and Rise in Glory brother Greer.

Larry Stephens

June 29, 2020

I have known William since high school. I then had the pleasure of working with him for several years at Cary Oil Company. He taught me what I needed to know about truck driving and the oil business. He was a hard worker who came in early and stayed late whenever it was necessary to get the job done. And he was respected by all who knew him. He will be missed at the annual Super Bowl party. I hope there are Twinkies in Heaven!

Linda Baker Abercrombie

June 29, 2020

Nellie , I am so very sorry to here about Will , more sad that I did not come by to see you guys . Will and his family will always be in my heart . I feel your pain more than you will ever know.
Linda Abercrombie
(Barbara and Lloyd's sister)

Mary McAllister

June 29, 2020

I worked with William at Cary Oil for 20 years. He was always a good friend, and so nice to everyone. And loved his Twinkies! I miss you lots, my friend. Love you!


Keith Varner

June 27, 2020

I first met William when I came to work at Cary Oil. I was hired to help make deliveries, so I worked side by side with William for 17 years. His work ethic and patience was an example to follow.
Over the years what had started out as as work relationship evolved in a close friendship which included regular get togethers with William and his son Kyle to share a meal and some fellowship. I also was invited to his home on numerous occasions for a meal or get together with William, Nellie, different members of his church family. Anyone who knows William knows he was a devout Christian who lived his life as one of God's most humble servants. His humble demeanor strong work ethic and devotion to his family and heavenly father made William someone to respect and strive to emulate.
Rest easy my dear friend. Your work on this earth is done, your reward in heaven was awaiting you. I'm sure you are rejoicing with the angels. We'll miss you

sheryl greer

June 27, 2020

William was a sweet and gentle soul. He will be missed knowing he is with his Mother, Father and Brother in the Kingdom of Heaven warms my heart and soul. William you will be missed on this earth by a lot of Friends, Family an Co-Workers. The you fought a long battle of sickness. God called an angle to heaven to help him in his Kingdom, You were the best, God new you were tired an God needed help in his Kingdom of Heaven. I remember when my daughter Michelle Greer was born you said to your brother Ray Greer you have a daughter she is not going to like racing or will she! Again you will be deeply missed. Steven Greer and Sheryl Greer, Prayers to the Family

Sherry Oates

June 27, 2020

William Greer was a very special man. He saw the good in every person. I remember telling him what a big NASCAR fan I was and of course a big Petty fan so he and his wife Nellie took me with them on one of their annual Richard Petty fan days trip to Randleman. It was one of the best days of my life.
I love you William, I know you are in a better place now.