Captain Dwight ”Hed” Greer was born on March 8, 1971,and raised in rural Philadelphia, Mississippi. He was the second-born son to Louella and Willis Greer.
After graduating from Neshoba Central High School in 1989, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the Combat Infantry Unit and was deployed to serve in Operation Desert Storm. He was the recipient of the Southwest Asia Service Award during his tenure.
His true passion for service inspired him to enter the Mississippi State Fire Academy to become a firefighter/EMT after his honorable discharge from the Army. Dwight joined the City of Philadelphia Fire Department in 1994, where he served with true dedication and passion to his comrades and fellow citizens for 21 years. His service and determination to serve allowed him to achieve a promotion to captain in 2007 and eventually to senior captain. He completed over 900 hours of training during his tenure with the Philadelphia Fire Department.
Dwight was equally dedicated to his family and community and had a true love for fishing and sports (basketball). He was the head coach/organizer of Longdale Braves Little League Baseball, where he hosted an awards banquet for the players and their families at the end of each season. His compassion and kindness had an impact on so many people’s lives. He always wanted to acknowledge the positive and not stress over the negative.
Dwight was affectionately known as “Hed” amongst his friends and comrades. There was always laughter and entertainment when he was around. Dwight loved listening to blues and was a Blues Festival follower, enjoying the yearly gathering with his friends and family. He also loved to dance and most times was the life of the party. His favorite saying during his happy moments was, “Alright! Alright!”
There are so many tears shed, memories shared and cherished since GOD took him from the basketball court at Philadelphia Fire Department, Station 3, into his eternal heavenly courts on May 6, 2015.
His loving and compassionate spirit will eternally dwell amongst his fiancée, Nina; his four sisters, Barbara, Jacqueline, Jennifer, and Latonya; his two brothers, Willis, Jr. and Kellis; and his Aunt Ruth and Uncle BJ. He was also a favorite uncle to several nieces and nephews and like a brother to those he called his “cousin brothers.”
God, we thank you for our Hero for 44 years.