Lincoln Memorial University


LMU Mourns the Loss of Phil Greer


Harrogate, Tennessee, March 6, 2018—The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) community mourns the loss of Phillip Wayne Greer, who passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, at the age of 78.


Greer was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He started work at LMU in 1978. In nearly 40 years of service at the University, Greer served in various roles including post master, head of maintenance and director of the university press.


“Nearly everyone that has spent time on our campus over the last 38 years had a friend in Phil Greer,” said LMU President Clayton Hess. “He served LMU faithfully, cheered our Railsplitters enthusiastically and shared his faith and love for gospel music through his radio show and the many concerts he brought to campus.”


For over 20 years, Greer joined Dr. Gary Burchett on the air waves of 91.3 The Gap, hosting Gary and Phil’s Tri-State Gospel Music Show which was also streamed online and televised on LMU Community TV. Additionally, Greer served on the New Tazewell City Council for 38 years and served a term as mayor of New Tazewell.


“It is very hard to realize that Phil has passed away. The suddenness has left my family and myself in a very saddened state of mind,” Burchett said. “Phil and I enjoyed a wonderful partnership as co-hosts for the Gary and Phil Gospel Show for the past 29 years. We were as close as brothers. We’ve lost a really great man.”


A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Midway Baptist Church. A celebration of Greer’s life will follow at 3 p.m. with pastor Ronnie Pressnell and Dr. Gary Burchett officiating. Pallbearers include Bill McGaffee, David Daniels, Richard Owens, Andy Duncan, Mike Humfleet and Dan Burns. Honorary pallbearers include Bud Chadwell, Jack Enix, Don Surber, Doby Bunch, Travis Moody, Mayur Patel and the faculty and staff of LMU. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Brad Greer Memorial Scholarship fund at LMU.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at




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