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Obituary – Lanny Greer

Lanny Dale Greer (age 67) was welcomed to his heavenly home on September 19, 2018. Lanny was born in Corbin, Kentucky, on August 1, 1951 and resided with his wife of 46 years, Penny Young Greer, at their home in East Bernstadt, Kentucky. To know Lanny was to love him—he made friends wherever he went. If he was your friend, he was your friend for life. He leaves a huge void in so many hearts, but entrusts his legacy to so many.

Although Lanny has a huge list of accomplishments, he would tell you that his greatest accomplishment was his family. He leaves to carry on his legacy—his children—Jon Kristen McCowan and husband, Kyle, and Joshua Bryan Greer and wife, Toni Blake. His grandchildren—Jon Callahan McCowan, Jackson McCowan, Cooper Boone McCowan, Bryan Avery Greer, and Lanny Katherine Greer—all of East Bernstadt, Kentucky. 

Lanny was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo and Agnes Elam Greer. He was the youngest of seven children, Rex Greer, Randall Greer, and Elmo Lee Greer of London, Kentucky and Phyllis Greer, Jerry Greer, and Karen Greer of East Bernstadt, Kentucky. 

Lanny leaves his mark on the business community. After serving 27 years on the board of directors, Lanny retired in 2011 from the First National Bank of Manchester where he was the president, CEO, and chairman of the board. He was a co-owner and board member of Jasper Iron and Metal and Elmo Greer and Sons. In addition to these businesses, Lanny left his legacy on his state and community by serving as an officer and a member of the board of directors for various organizations. Lanny served under four different governors on the board of directors for the Kentucky State Fair Board for seventeen years of which he served as chairman for fifteen. He served as president and board member of the American Saddlebred Museum, as board of director for Delta Gas for fifteen years where he was the chairman of the finance committee, and he also served on the board of the Manchester Memorial Hospital. 

He was actively involved with the Manchester/Clay County Chamber of Commerce and was the founder of the town’s Clay County Days. He was voted as the chamber’s first Man of the Year because of his dedication to the community. Lanny was an exhibitor, owner, and breeder of multiple world's champion American Saddlebreds and Hackney Ponies, including world’s grand champion CH Castledream.

Lanny was a Graduate of the School of Banking of the South (LSU). He was an Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture. He was a Special Honoree of The Who’s Who of American Business Leaders. Lanny was a Kentucky Colonel under four different governorships. He was member of the C.D. Ward Masonic Lodge of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, and was a lifelong member of New Salem Baptist Church. 

As the family and friends mourn the loss of this outstanding husband, father, grandfather, friend, and citizen, may we take comfort in knowing that his greatest legacy was his love for Christ. 

Funeral services for Lanny Dale Greer will be conducted on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of House-Rawlings Funeral Home with Bro. Norm Brock and Judge Clint Harris officiating. Burial will follow at New Salem Cemetery in East Bernstadt, KY. The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 23, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. until the funeral hour also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508. The family has entrusted House-Rawlings Funeral Home with the arrangements. 

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