Services for Robert Willie Griner Jr., who recently retired as head of the guidance department at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, will be held at noon today at Union Memorial United Methodist Church, 2500 Harlem Ave.
Mr. Griner, who was 61, died of heart failure Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital.
A Maryland native, Mr. Griner was educated in the Baltimore school system that he later served for more than 36 years. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1947, then earned a bachelor's degree in counseling in 1952 from what is now Morgan State University.
Mr. Griner began his career in education in 1954, teaching math and social studies at Cherry Hill Junior High School. He went on to teach at Carver Vocational High School and at Douglass Senior High. He became a guidance counselor at Mergenthaler in 1981 and retired just last Wednesday.
He was a treasurer of the graduate chapter of Beta Sigma Tau fraternity and a member of the Dunbar Alumni Association.
During his 32-year membership at Union Memorial United MethodistChurch, he belonged to the United Methodist Men, the Pathfinders -- a social group within the church -- the sanctuary choir, the men's choir and the finance committee, and he was a past chairman of the administrative board.
Mr. Griner also worked with the League for the Handicapped and the Mayor's Committee for the Disabled.
An avid sportsman, Mr. Griner liked hunting, fishing and watching football games. He also enjoyed writing and gardening.
His wife of 36 years, the former Parrish H. Johnson of Nashville Tenn., died in 1989.
is survived by his mother, Louise Mise of Baltimore; two daughters, Patricia Davis of Baltimore and Robin Griner of Nashville; two sons, Frederick and Steven Griner, both of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.