|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1850|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1917|
Walter Grear died Thanksgiving Day, 29 Dec 1917, at home in Anna, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.
He had dinner with his wife at the Baptist Church and suffered a stroke in Main theater at Anna. He was hurried home in his automobile. This was his third stoke in six years.
He was born 24 Feb 1850, the oldest son of John and Cindona (Meadows) Grear.
His grandfather, George Grear, came to Union County from North Carolina nearly 100 years ago. He and his three brothers, Sidney Grear, John W. Grear, and Harry Grear, were remarkable for musical abilities and members of the Jonesboro band. They grew up to manhood in the Grear house south of Jonesboro Baptist Church. He attended Union Academy & Commercial School in Jonesboro and became a pharmacist.
He married on 18 Apr 1872, Flora Walker, daughter of the late Mrs. Paul Frick and her first husband.
He opened a drug store on the south side of Jonesboro Square with W. Dennis Frick. In 1878 he went with Alden Store to Anna and eventually moved there. He resigned and began traveling for St. Louis Show House. He resigned to become manager of Anna Lumber and Manufacturing Co. He was cashier of First National Bank at Anna, then became president. He was treasurer of Southern Illinois Fair Association.
His son, Charley Grear, died after reaching manhood.
He left three children, Sidney Grear, of Chicago, Daisy Grear, at home, and Helen Grear, who works for the war department in Washington, D.C.; and a brother, John W. Grear, of West Frankfort, Franklin County.
Flora Walker Grear (1854 - 1945)*
Charles Walter Grear (1874 - 1899)*
Daisy Grear (1877 - 1958)*
Sidney F. Grear (1885 - 1972)*
Helen Grear Ware (1888 - 1965)*
Maintained by: Chad Kendell
Originally Created by: PickledDuncan
Record added: Sep 18, 2011
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