March 20, 2024

Funeral Service for Richard “Doc” Greer to be Held Friday

1.7 min read| Published On: March 20th, 2024|

By Cindy Peterson

Funeral Service for Richard “Doc” Greer to be Held Friday

1.7 min read| Published On: March 20th, 2024|
The announcement of Richard “Doc” Greer’s funeral service has been announced.
It reads:
Richard Benter Greer, 65, of Umatilla, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. There’s no doubt that he was welcomed at the gates with Our Father saying, “Well done my good and faithful servant. Well done!” Richard passed with Claudia and his family beside him. He put up a 13 month fight with Pancreatic Cancer and is now pain free.
Born in Charleston, West Virginia, to the late Robert & Lovelace (Shelton) Greer, he moved to Umatilla in 1992 from Jacksonville, Florida. He was a pharmacist, owning & operating Umatilla Drug Store which he opened in 2006. Richard was a deacon and member of the First Baptist Church, Umatilla, as well as the Kiwanis Club of Umatilla and former member of the Lions Club. Richard is survived by his wife of 41 years, Claudia Claussen Greer of Umatilla, FL; 3 daughters, Courtney (Shale) Latter of Lutz, FL; Meredith (Brian) Konnerth of Umatilla, FL; Allison (Larry) Coste of Mount Pleasant, SC; 6 grandchildren, Jadyn Latter, Izabella Latter, Audrey Latter, Maddy Konnerth, Jaxson Konnerth and William Coste.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Umatilla, on Friday, March 22, 2024, at 2:00 PM. Thank you so much to friends and family for supporting, loving & caring for our family during this time. We will see him again! Arrangements by Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis, Florida. Online Guestbook available at
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Richard Greer, known to most as simply “Doc,” passed away early Wednesday morning after a 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer, with an original diagnosis of only six months to live. His wife and family were at his side. 

Richard ran the Umatilla Drug Store for several years, and was well known throughout the community for his infectious smile, kind hearted words and selfless deeds. 

In 2022, Richard published his first book, “Crossing Paths, Finding Hope.” It was a collection of miraculous stories he’d witnessed during his time in the drug store, beginning with his own journey of a terminal diagnosis. He was only given 60 days to live…more than 10 years ago. His mission simply wasn’t finished yet. 

Last February, on Valentine’s Day, he was once again given a terminal diagnosis. Although he fought hard, he spent his remaining days telling everyone he could about his faith in Christ. 

His unwavering hope was a feature topic in Healthy Living Magazine last September, which can be found here –>   

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About the Author: Cindy Peterson

Originally from the small town of Berryville, Arkansas, Cindy has become a multimedia specialist in journalism, photography, videography and video editing.

She has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and is a correspondent for The Daily Commercial, LakeFront TV and Beacon College’s PBS talk show, “A World of Difference,” where she received an Anthem Award and Telly Award.

When she isn’t working, Cindy spends time with her husband, Ryan, and son, David, traveling and taking photos of landscapes and wildlife.

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