Victor Leo Greaves, Sr., was born August 8th, 1942 in Ashton Hall, St Peters, Barbados BWI to Enid and Leroy Greaves.
Victor was the eldest of three children. On December 10th, 1951, Victor, Barry and Harry was sent to the United States of America. Victor was educated in the New York City Public school system and raised in a spiritual environment. Victor was baptized and received the Holy Ghost in 1960 at Redemption Church of Christ under the leadership of Bishop Arthur Lee Pearson. Victor was a powerful devotional leader who would sing until the power of the Lord came down. Victor was a very faithful servant.
Victor started as a messenger for Michal Lithograph in the printing business and completed two years of training.
Victor attended the Bibleway convention in July 1963, where he met the love of his life Rose Ann Franklin. They were joined in Holy Matrimony on February 7th, 1964. He said, “It was love at first sight.” From this union, four sons were born: Victor Leo, Jr., Vincent Leroy, Vance Leonard, and Vaughan Lamont. He was a wonderful husband and great father who taught his sons all that he knew.
Victor became an ordained Deacon in December 1979. He was a praying Deacon. Victor had great qualities and held many positions. He directed choirs, ushered, was the trustee chairman, youth president, sunday school scholar, head of the deacon board and drove the church van for many years. He devoted much of his time to rebuilding Redemption Church of Christ after the church was damaged by a fire. He was faithful under the pastorates of Bishop Arthur Lee Pearson, Elder Oswald Cumberbatch, Bishop Carey Robinson and the current pastor, Bishop James Vick.
In 2004, after 43 years of working, he retired. Deacon Greaves had great talents in carpentry, putting in doors, windows, ceilings, floors, electrical work and plumbing. He was truly a skillful contractor.
On April 13th, 2020 at Kingsbrook Hospital in Brooklyn, New York he departed this life, resting in the arms of Jesus. Deacon Greaves fought a good fight and finished his course. He kept the faith and now a crown of righteousness awaits him. Deacon Victor Leo Greaves, Sr. taught us not only with words but with the example of how he lived his life.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, godfather and friend to many. Deacon Greaves lived a quality life, traveling and enjoying great experiences of happiness with his wife.
Deacon Greaves was preceded in death by his parents, Enid and Leroy Greaves, one sibling, Harry Greaves and his eldest son Victor Leo Greaves, Jr.
Deacon Greaves leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 56 years, Rose Ann Greaves, his sister Barrie Norwood and her husband Donald Norwood, Sr.; his three sons and their wives: Apostle Vincent L. Greaves, Sr. and Patricia Greaves, Elder Vance L. Greaves and Yolanda Greaves and Elder Vaughan L. Greaves, Sr., and Bonnie Greaves.
He leaves 12 grandchildren: Darlene Joseph, Shakara Greaves, Danasia Greaves, Malisia Greaves, Samantha Hall, Joshua Watson, Stephen Hall and wife Marian, Vaughan L. Greaves, Jr. and wife Jasmine, Vincent Leo Greaves, Vincent L. Greaves, Jr., Victor K. Greaves and Delroy Greaves; one great-grand son, Vincent Shipp; four sisters-in-law: Carolyn Dale and her husband Cornelius Dale, Shirley Pettiford and her husband Ralph Pettiford, Ramona Daniel and her husband, Michael Daniel and Karol Greaves; brothers-in-law: Raymond Franklin and Kevin Franklin and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends.
This loss is great, but God is greater, and we are grateful that God graced us with knowing such a wonderfully saved, God-fearing example of what a husband, father and friend can be when God orders our steps. He will be greatly missed until we see him again on the other side of glory.
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