The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 14, 2013

Funeral set for slain pastor's wife


Associated Press

— GARDENDALE, Ala. (AP) — Funeral services are set for an Alabama preacher's wife who police say was slain by her husband in their church-owned home near Birmingham.

Visitation for Lisa Greer will be held Monday night in her hometown of Scottsboro, and her funeral will be held Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Scottsboro.

The 52-year-old Greer was the wife of the Rev. Terry Greer, pastor of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church. Police say the man shot and killed his wife and wounded their 18-year-old daughter in the parsonage on Thursday.

Authorities say Greer tried to stab himself to death after the slaying. He is charged with murder and attempted murder and is recovering after surgery.

Greer was well-known among north Alabama Methodists, pastoring a church with average attendance of about 670.