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John Greening

April 28, 1931 — February 20, 2022

John Greening


John Griggs Greening, 90, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2022.  He was born April 28, 1931, in Camden, Arkansas.  He was the son of Gus and Della Jenkins Greening.


He was educated in the Camden public schools, Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, Emory University (Candler School of Theology) in Atlanta, Georgia and Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.


He married his college sweetheart, Betty Jinske, on June 14, 1953, in Mountain View, Arkansas.  Officiating was Betty’s father, Rev. Henry W. Jinske.  John and Betty celebrated 67 years of marriage in 2020.


John was a United Methodist minister and served the following churches in Arkansas - Fouche Valley Circuit and Keo/Hunnoke Circuit.In Georgia, he served New Hope Methodist Church.The Texas Methodist churches he served were Van Vleck/Lane City, Newton, Northside and Spring Woods in Houston and Brookshire.

His ministry was then working with handicapped individuals in Temple and at Texas A&M University in College Station, making sure his clients were receiving all benefits entitled to them.  His passion was always to help others anyway he could.


He retired in 1990 to travel with Betty and spend time with grandchildren and especially great grandchildren.  He truly enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels.


He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty; his parents; brothers Eldridge, Wallace, Morris, Orland and Travis. He was also proceeded by his sons-in-laws, Larry Lewellen and Dr. Lucius Ripley.


Survivors include a daughter, Sandy Lewellen and husband Dr. Robert Schwart of Bryan; a daughter Dr. Rebecca Greening of Georgetown; his granddaughters Laura and Chris Migl of Friendswood, Lisa and Greg Segura of Cypress, Roxanne and Jordan Boyd of College Station, Dr. Lindsay Ripley of Dallas; his grandson Keith Ripley and fiancée Sara Turner of Dallas;  Great-grandchildren are Mallory and Lilly Migl, Logan and Brady Segura, Bella Boswell and Oliver Boyd.  He is also survived by brother Jack Greening and his wife Betty of Topeka, Kansas.


Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Bryan, Crestview Retirement Community, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) or to a charity of your choice.

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Past Services


Sunday, February 27, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Monday, February 28, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

First United Methodist Church of Bryan

506 East 28th Street, Bryan, TX 77802

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Graveside Service

Monday, February 28, 2022

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