William Humes Grier, 98, founded Grier Oil...


William Humes Grier, 98, founded Grier Oil Co.

William Humes Grier, founder and president of the Grier Oil Co., died of a stroke Monday at Southern Chester County Medical Center in West Grove, Pa. He was 98.

Mr. Grier, a former longtime resident of Darlington, had retired to Ware Presbyterian Village, a retirement community in Oxford, Pa., last year.

As a young man, the native of Milford, Del., worked briefly for the L.D. Caulk Co., a family dental supply company that was founded in the 1880s, then for the Standard Oil Co., and later owned and operated a filling station in Aberdeen.

He established Grier Oil Co. in the 1950s, sold it in 1981 and retired.

He was past president of the Lions Club of Aberdeen and a member of the Highland and St. Andrews societies. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Boumi Temple.

He was an avid watercolorist and art collector, who favored the works of Rockport, Mass., artists.

He was a longtime member and elder of Grove Presbyterian Church, 50 E. Bel Air Ave. in Aberdeen, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, the former Mary Kathryn Bradley; four daughters: Beth Carroll of Aberdeen; Eleanor Lee of Perryman; Carolyn Fretz of Philadelphia; and Ann Thompson of Frederick; and 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 5/28/98

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