Everett Griner, 77, teacher, serviceman

December 14, 2003

Everett Griner, a retired educator who taught in city public schools for nearly 30 years, died of cancer Dec. 7 at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. He was 77 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Mr. Griner was born and raised in East Baltimore. After graduating from Dunbar High School in 1944, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces, where he was an aircraft mechanic and radio operator. Recalled to active duty, he served with an Army infantry unit in Korea, where he earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He remained in the reserves until 1992, when he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He earned a bachelor's degree from what was then Morgan State College in science education in 1954, and later a master's degree in counseling and psychology from Morgan State. He briefly was a counselor at then-Towson State College from 1969 to 1972.

During his career as a teacher, Mr. Griner taught at Fairmont-Harford High School, Canton Middle School, Booker T. Washington Middle School and Patterson Park High School, from which he retired in 1983.

Mr. Griner enjoyed helping elderly neighbors with chores. He was an avid collector and wearer of jaunty caps. He also liked working to preserve family records and photographs, which he made available to other family members.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road in Govans.

Mr. Griner is survived by two daughters, Deborah G. Randall and Karen G. Smith, both of Baltimore; four brothers, William Griner, Calvin Griner and Howard Griner, all of Baltimore, and Winston Griner of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Lessie Johnson of Washington and Nelita Parris of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his fiancee, Lillian Covington of Baltimore. His marriage to the former Rosalee Taylor ended in divorce.

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