CHARLOTTE -- Nathan Greer Yorke, of Charlotte, N.C., was born July 20, 1989 and died Oct. 26, 2008, in Chattanooga, Tenn., as the result of an accidental fall in the mountains near Sewanee, Tenn.
Greer was predeceased by his father, John Bundy Yorke of Charlotte, N.C., and his paternal grandparents, Lane Knox and Nathan Felix Yorke of Rock Hill, S.C.
Greer is survived by his mother Paula Greer Yorke Collins and his stepfather, David Michael Collins of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; his brother, Haden Spencer Yorke of Nashville, Tenn.; and his maternal grandparents, Shirley and Paul Stanley Greer of Greensboro, N.C. Also surviving are members of Greer's large and devoted family including Jennifer and Mark Greer of Charlotte, N.C., Nancy Yorke and C. Douglas McKeever of Dunwoody, Ga., Laura Yorke and Randy Covington of Columbia, S.C., and Charles Knox Yorke of Atlanta, Ga. Greer is also survived by his stepbrothers, James Perrin Collins and Christopher Brendan Collins of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Greer attended Charlotte Country Day School and graduated from Myers Park High School in May of 2008. As a student at Charlotte Country Day School, Greer traveled to Santiago, Chile in an exchange program with the Mayflower School. Greer also played tight end and defensive end for the Country Day Buccaneers and was a midfielder for the lacrosse team.
While a student at Myers Park High School, Greer was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, a math honors society and the Young Republicans Club. He played varsity lacrosse and also played in the indoor soccer winter league.
At the time of his death, Greer was a freshman at the University of Georgia. As a member of the pledge class of the Beta chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Greer was actively involved in raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Hamilton Gross Ansley III, Eminent Archon '71, who died from leukemia while in his active role as an SAE at the University of Georgia. The Ham Ansley fundraiser alone has made SAE the leading Greek organization at UGA in philanthropy each year.
Greer was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the Life Scout Award. Following in his father's footsteps, Greer served as a delegate to Palmetto Boys State in 2007. Greer was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and most recently traveled to Costa Rica on a mission trip.
Greer was a loving and devoted son, grandson, brother and friend. He will be remembered for his gentle sprit and his wonderful ability to see the best in everyone he met. Greer was a generous person who always thought first of others. He was loved, admired and respected by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held today, Oct. 29, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hankins and Whittington, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. A service celebrating the life of Nathan Greer Yorke will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. Private interment will be in the Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Cornelius, N.C.
Those wishing to honor the memory of this exceptional young man are encouraged to make memorial gifts to any of the following: The Yorke Family Memorial Fund in care of The Foundation For the Carolinas, 217 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202; Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207; Ham Ansley Memorial Research Fund for Leukemia and Lymphoma, c/o Mr. Dyer Rothrock, SAE Philanthropy Chair, University of Georgia, 420 Bloomfield Street, Athens, GA 30605.
Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Dilworth Chapel, online at www.hankinsandwhittington.com.