Leader, bank founder Greenwood passes away
Community leader and bank founder Samuel Ross (S.R.) Greenwood, died April 10, 2004 at the age of 82.
Funeral services will be at First United Methodist Church in Temple at noon April 14. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. April 13 at HarperTula k Funeral Home of Temple.
He was born September 1, 1921 at Speegleville. Texas the son of Samuel Tillian Greenwood and Rosa Oliver Greenwood.
S.R. was preceded in death by his parent, his brothers, Lawrence Lee Greenwood. Roy Greenwood and Marion Wes Greenwood, his sister, Mary Lois Greenwood, his son. Samuel Tillian Greenwood II, and the mother of his children Clara Ann Hejl Greenwood.
He is survived by his beloved wife Sindy Jaster Greenwood, of Salado; his daughter Gayle Greenwood Pitts, of Houston, and his son Fletcher Hejl Greenwood of Austin.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, whom he considered his pride and joy; Samuel Greenwood Pitts and wife Missy, of Dallas; Christopher Rowan Pitts of Houston; Emily Claire Greenwood-Kuykendall, of Temple; Sydney Schuyler Greenwood-Kuykendall, of Belton; Allie Ann Morgan Greenwood and Mason Douglas Ross Greenwood of Round Rock. Also the newest joys in his life, great grandchildren: Chlose Nicole Rodocker, of Belton and Samel Greenwood Pitts, Jr., of Dallas.
Ross served in the Air Force during World War II, but his lifetime career was in the banking industry.
He was past president of Temple National Bank, Inter First Bank and founding chairman of Salado National Bank in 1979. He was a director of Ennis State Bank, Texas Independent Bank in Dallas and Commercial State Bank in Palmer.
In 1976, he was elected president of the Texas Bankers Association. He had served on the Administrative Council, Historical Committee, and chairman of the New Facilities Committee. He was a member of the Governing Council of the American Bankers Association, as well as serving on the ABA’s Government Relations Committee, Communication Council, National Mortgage Finance Committee and chairing the ABA subcommittee of Housin and Urban Development.
Greenwood was chairman and past president of the Salado Chamber of Commerce, Temple Chamber of Commerce, Salad Lions Club, Temple Lions Club, Temple USO, Governor’s Committe on Aging in Austin and the board of trustees of the Central Texas Regional Medical Education Foundation. He also was a director of the Texas Independent Bankers Association in Austin, the Independent Brokerage Corporation of America in Dallas, American Income Life Insurance Corporation in Waco, the Texas Society on Aging in Austin, the National Advisory Commiltee of the White House Conference on Aging in Washington DC. the American Digestive Disease Society in Washington, the Texas United Community Service of Austin, the Temple Law Enforcement Board and Paul Quinn College in Waco.
A lifelong Methodist, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Temple. He served a Chairman of the Board of Stewards of the First United Methodist Foundation in Ft. Worth, chairman of Wesleyan Homes, Inc. and its Finance Committee in Georgetown. He was a Lay Leader for the Temple District and served five terms as First United Methodist Finance Chairman.
Greenwood was the recipient of many awards over his lifetime. To name a few: The State of Israel “Jerusalem Peace Award,” the Temple Jaycees Outstanding Citizen Award and its of the Year Award, and the Texas Society on Aging’s Distinguished Service Award.
He was also proud to be a Mason, Shriner and members of Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, VFW and American Legion.