- 40 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 17, 1973
- Date of passing: Jan 7, 2014
|Let the memory of Gregory be with us forever|
Given Greg's passion for education, the family has established a fund to commemorate his life. Donations be made to fund "GWP Jr. Scholarship Fund", and be made payable and sent to:
ROCK CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
P O Box 24892
Detroit, MI 48224
Thank you for all of your love and kindness,
Sincerely - The Family
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Gregory Posey Jr., 40, born on September 17, 1973 and passed away on January 7, 2014. We will remember him forever.
"Four years ago today my life was forever changed. I thank God that for horror of finding my baby lifeless in our bathroom has not gripped me from that day to this. The sadness will forever be a part of my day to day, but I take comfort knowing that Gregory is with Jesus and his grandmas.
I look forward to that wonderful day that I will join him in praising God all day long.
We all miss Gregory for so many different reasons, but mostly because of the love he showed us all. Let us all pray for one another to draw on that love and show it to one another."
"Can't Believe its been 3 years. Tell Grandma hello. I'm sure her and her frog are having a great time. Miss you both so much."
"How quickly we forget.
I posted on FB for my baby's birthday, but didn't here.
It is so difficult coming face to face with my tremendous loss with my baby gone. It hurts too deep, too hard, just too much!
I miss you Baby, so very much. I look forward to the day I walk around Heaven all day with you.
"Again, I remember showing Gregory "Abbot and Costello" " Who's On First" on YouTube. It was something when I showed our Son Billy. We could not wait to show Gregory the video. The DAWNING on HIS FACE, when he got the joke was PRICELESS. I KNEW he would like it.
This is, YOU CANT BREATHE LAUGHING"
"Always and ever in my memory.
"Today would have been 42 glorious years with my baby, but God called him home...much too soon for me. Thank God, I'm not terribly sad today, but I do miss my baby.
GREGORY!!! You know how I like my home setting, so just do your part in getting my mansion ready. I'm looking forward to one of your loving hugs when I see you again.
"I'm very sorry for your loss, and although I don't know you, and I didn't know Gregory, I hope that you will accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Recently, in Sept, my dearly beloved Mom died, and I find comfort in knowing that she's not suffering and that I can have hope to see her again through the resurrection! Then no sickness, or pain, or death to take loved ones from us. (Rev. 21:4, 5; James 1:13; Job 33:25; Isa. 33:24: Psalm 37:10, 11, 29; Acts 24:15) Take care, Sincerely, Cindy"
"Can't believe it's been a year. Your positive spirit remains. I'm ever-grateful to have had you in my life. My heaven-sent friend forevermore. Love you always."
"Missing my baby everyday! My only comfort is in knowing that he is in the arms of Our Savior and that someday I will be reunited with him again.
Thank you all for remembering Gregory on the day God gifted us all with him. It means so very much to me that you are still reaching out and expressing your love for him.
May the Lord bless you and keep you as Gregory would ask Him to."
"I am just hearing about Greg's passing -
Greg was one of the coolest guys I've ever worked with.
He was very technical, but he was very good at explaining things to me.
When I saw him I would always say, "GP are you wit me?" (in light of Kirk Franklin's "Stomp")
He will definitely be missed"
"Always remembering Greg and that beautiful smile and disposition. He was always there to assist whoever needed help. Miss him!"
"Missing my friend, today and everyday. It comforts me to know that you are looking down over me with that encouraging smile. Love you forevermore. Today I celebrate you."
"Happy Birthday my cousin I love you and I know you and God are having some wonderful conversations. You will forever be missed"
"I just heard about Greg's passing. I met Greg several years ago. Greg had great technical knowledge on Data Networking. But Greg was also the most kind hearted person you will ever meet.
Rest in peace, Greg!!"
"Let me start first by first saying that my prayers are with the Posey family. I met Greg while I was at U of M. I came in with a large group of vibrant, enthusiastic freshman. Greg took us all under his wing. He was an excellent mentor, teacher, confidant, and friend. He was dedicated to making sure that we would all succeed. I can't think of anybody else who made such an influential impact to so many young minds. Greg will truly be missed."
"To the man who always put others before himself. The man that would literally bear the weight of the world on his shoulders without mumbling one word of complaint. The man that lead by example, quietly, yet with authority and humbleness. To the man that mentored myself and countless others in Engineering, technology, following Christ, and life in general. The man whose opinion and advice I trusted without question because he never steered me wrong. To my friend who listened to every concern, encouraged me in every endeavor, shared every sadness and joy I ever voiced and was a genuine friend. To the man that touched more lives and planted more seeds than we'll ever know here on earth. To the man who was a faithful and dutiful son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, friend, educator, mentor, and more. To this GREAT man of God Gregory Wayne Posey, Jr. I say well done my friend and brother, well done. Your physical presence will be sorely missed, but the lessons you've taught me and the laughs we shared will stay with me forever.
I firmly believe that the Lord sends angels on assignment from heaven to accomplish a task and fulfill a purpose, and when their work is complete He rewards them by calling them home to live in Glory with Him. You sir have completed your task, with extra credit I'm sure (It's the Posey way:O). And if sadness were allowed in heaven I know you'd be more concerned about us down here than anything else. Now you get to watch over us right alongside the best help known to all mankind, the Lord himself.
Thank you Gregory Wayne for letting the Lord use you in such a powerful way. I can confidently say that we are all better and beyond blessed to have made your acquaintance, and I am honored, along with countless others, to call you brother and friend. You are loved."
"Greg's light shines brightly, still. He had a combination of genius and humility that is rare. I appreciate Greg most because he gave all that he had to give and he called us all to do the same. I am definitely a better man because I had a chance to know and learn with him. I offer you my deepest consolences and I celebrate the life that he shared with us."
"From Derrick E. Scott:
My name is Derrick Scott. And on behalf of the University of Michigan,President, Mary Sue Coleman, & Dean David C. Munson, and the entire Michigan Family, I bring you heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort and strength to the family and many friends of the late Greg Posey Jr.
As one charged with supporting Greg's success as a student enrolled in the Undergraduate and Graduate Engineering Degree Programs at the University of Michigan, I've been blessed to have watched from a very unique position and witness the impact of God's Hand upon Greg's life and to watch this quiet storm of a man, reach out and touch the lives of countless others and made an indelible mark on the lives of those that came along side of him and the countless others that came to UM after him. Greg Posey was MICHIGAN. He CAME and HE actually NEVER LEFT. His commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of his fellow students, enriched their lives and will never be forgotten. In my capacity as Director of MEPO, I cannot begin to share the stories of the legions of UM students that owe their Engineering Degrees to the
longsuffering and faithfulness of Greg Posey.
He tutored, counseled, encouraged, and got into the 'cases' of countless of these students. Each and every single one of them would
gladly stand here today and share that common testimony. YOU can go
right now and read these testimonies on his Facebook page. But even
more important was his commitment to building community of student
supporting each …who cared and supported each other, who shared
"I've started this post too many times without finding the words. I still cant quite wrap my head around the news of Greg Posey Jr. passing. When I think of Greg I think back to our UM days and I remember how in the midst of all us young folk, all of us in the process of figuring out who we were, Greg stood apart. I think even then Greg had a calm grounding in himself and humbleness that he found in God. He's the first person I ever remember not just saying he was his brother's keeper, he literally became his brother's keeper. I watched, through his persistent friendship and mentoring, young men and women blossoming into and beyond their potential. All the books I've ever read about outstanding leadership apply to Greg- he led from behind, he cultivated strength in others, he was brilliant yet humble, he always stayed positive yet realistic about the challenging world around us. I'm sorry I didn't cultivate the close relationship that so many others had the blessing to have had, but I can't say there are many more people that have touched my life that I have held on such a high pedestal. He was loved and he will be missed, from all corners of God's great earth. RIP brother."
"A perfect song for a perfect soul."
"I am so sorry to read about your loss. I have experienced the pain of losing ones I loved several times over the years so I know it can be heartbreaking. I noticed that some of the tributes quoted scriptures from the Bible, and that's where I have been able to draw comfort.
Especially comforting is the fact that death is compared to a deep sleep multiple times in the Bible. Jesus spoke of the deaths of Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus this way when he said "Lazarus our friend has fallen asleep, but I am traveling there to awaken him" and "Stop weeping, for she did not die but is sleeping" (John 11:11, Luke 8:52). God gave Jesus power over death. That's why he was able to resurrect Lazarus and Jairus daughter. The hope for a future resurrection in repeated in the Bible. Daniel 12:2 states "Many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up." The apostle Paul said "I have hope toward God..that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous" (Acts 24:15). Based on the promises found in the Bible, seeing Greg again in the flesh can be a reality. I personally hold on to this hope when it comes to my dead love ones.
I really hope this brings you some comfort during this difficult time. Please feel free to contact me. My email address is Futurehope4u09@yahoo.com."
"My Dearest Cousin,
You will most definitely be missed!! I thank God for your beautiful spirit that you shared with so many people. Your work on earth has been received. Thank you for all of your help, because of you I was able to receive my B.S. in Psychology. I could not have done it without you! Rest In Peace!!
Love your NY Family
Angel aka (Boo)"
"Thank you for all you've done in this lifetime Greg. I know you're sitting on high well pleased for a great job on earth. Peace and Blessings my friend."
"I don't know if you'll see my picture among the gallery full of wonderful memories of his friends and family, and that's fine. But I wouldn't feel right without letting someone know who Greg was in my life. A few years ago Pastor Caldwell or Rock Church International in his wisdom saw fit to put Greg over my brother and I as a mentor. Over the course of the time I spent with Greg the learning never stopped. Greg was the one I went to with all my questions about the Bible, life, and everything in between. He stood by me when he had reason to leave, he helped me when I made the same mistakes over and over again, and he consoled me through the toughest time I had to go through in my young life. He was a man who truly lived his life for all others, and embodied what a Christ-like man should be. And he lived Philippians 1:21 everyday. "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
I hope that I can be the man that Greg and my own father have so tirelessly worked for me to become. I know that the great men in my life have been preparing me for greatness, and the only regret that I have in my life is that Greg won't be here to see his hard work come to fruition in me. But I believe that he had the faith to be able to look far off and see it coming just as the old prophets did with Jesus. And not just in me, but for all those he helped, which is why he was always so willing to give so much to so many.
You may wonder why "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." (Ps. 116:15) but if you do ask yourself this. How would you feel if after 40 years, your son finally got to come home from war? I know we may feel like Greg was taken from us way to soon, but I also know that God had been waiting a long time for His son to come home from war."
"To our Detroit family,
We love you, we are praying for your strength and continued faith in God! That God's words will comfort you as you cherish the memories of Greg Jr. We will miss him so dearly and will always remember the knowledge we gained from him and the fun we had!
As our covenant tells us to "cherish each other for as long as we live, for we don't know how long we will have one another!"
With heartfelt sadness, but uplifted eyes on God the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit...you (we) will get through this! Be encouraged!
Love the New Orleans Posey family
- Sheri, Sydney, Mom (Gertie), Tyren, Jaden, & Garrison"
"To Greg Sr./Detroit Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condelences from your Pensacola,Florida Family regarding the passing of our beloved cousin,Greg Jr.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Greg will truly be missed but never forgotten at the "Posey's Family Reunions". May his Legacy live on....... "GONE TO SOON"
May God continue to give the family strength as the days go by.
LOVE YOU!!!!! "Pensacola, Florida, Family""
"My Newphew/Son a lighted candle that will never go out. Your spirit will forever shine in all our hearts. I'm honor to say hey everybody that's my Newphew/Son. Your love of God always showed to,family,friends and strangers. What an example your 40 years has showed
Gregory Wayne Posey Jr good and faithful servant job well done
Let us all follow Gregory example of LOVE in our mind and hearts
That's what he has Gods Love for everyone
Thanks for your talks with Stef,John,Stacey and Lisa and
Thank you God for allowing myself and Robert to be his aunt and uncle
We love you man"
"I received this email today:
I wanted to let you know about how much your son meant to me.
I had been working at a career that proved to be a dead-end. However, I had a wife and a child and had no way of being able to quit. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I was finally fired from my job. But I suddenly had to figure out what I was going to do with my life. The career I had had was one that was meant mostly for young men and I was not going to find another opening in that profession. It was then that I went into the computer industry.
Fast forward a few years and I was working with computers but the position I was in was another that I hated. I was unable to quit for the same reasons that I had had earlier. I was making money but going home every day miserable. This took a toll on me and on my family. It felt as if everything I tried was going to end up being the same.
I was extremely lucky to find an advertisement in the paper for teaching jobs at Computer Data in Southfield. Damon and Greg both took me under their wings and both helped me in ways that I can never repay. Greg, in particular, helped me hone my skills, got me ready for the various tests I was going to need to take, showed me the best ways to study, and showed me how an instructor (and a person) could be serious yet nice, moral yet understanding, intelligent yet friendly and approachable.
Greg’s guidance helped changed my life. I was able to begin working at jobs that satisfied my love of traveling, meeting new people and doing something that I enjoyed. It made my home life better, and it helped me support my family monetarily and emotionally.
Your loss is something that is felt by all of us who knew Greg, but please be aware that Greg’s legacy lives on in me and the countless people whom he taught, laughed with, played basketball with, and whose lives were all altered for the better because we knew him.
I cannot tell you how many times I have read this same type of story about my baby. I will never ever grow tired of reading them. Keep 'em coming. I get just a little bit stronger with every one."
"Hello again Everyone,
We made the final arrangements today, and as promised, I am posting them this evening. Please spread the news.
Friday, Jan 17th - Public Viewing at Caver Memorial Funeral Home located at 19301 Van Dyke, north of 7 Mile Rd., Detroit, 48234 Starting at 1 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jan 18th - Family Hour begins at 10 AM, Home Going Celebration at 11 AM. Both will be held at First Baptist World Changers Church located at 22575 W. 8 Mile Rd, Detroit 48219. Additional parking at Sams Club (across the street) and surrounding business. A church van will shuttle those parked in those lots to the church and back.
Internment - not yet determined
The Repass will be held at Mt. Hope Congregational Church located at 30330 Schoolcraft (between Merriman and Middlebelt Roads), Livonia 48150, beginning upon return from the cemetery.
Since Greg was so passionate about continuing education, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Gregory W. Posey Jr. Scholarship Fund, and be made payable and sent to Rock Church International, 10330 Whittier, Detroit, MI 48224
For those who are unable to attend the service, it will be live streamed on the First Baptist World Changers website. I will provide the link as soon as I receive it.
Thank you all again for the outpouring of your prayers and words of comfort and encouragement. I won't assume to speak for anyone else, but they have been a true source of comfort and joy for me. I am more determined, day by day, to ensure that the legacy my son left never fades or is tarnished.
Flowers look pretty for a short while, but will wither, dry up and be thrown out. So whatever you would spend on sending them, please prayerfully consider sending donations instead to the scholarship fund. You KNOW Greg would appreciate that more than anything. After all, for the most part, that's where he was equipped intellectually to begin the amazing journey he met you on.
God bless each and every one of you!"
"Love you my brother!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"To my Detroit Cousin's Family: I enjoyed talking to Greg at the Family Reunions! He will definitely be missed. His passing is another example of why we should love each other and express it often! I love you Detroit Posey Family! From your Waco, Texas Posey Family."
"We loved him,
He loved us,
He is lost to life,
How will we live with this strife?
They were meant to be,
He was her happy ending,
Don’t remember him by the way he died,
Remember him by the way he lived,
He was a good guy,
Honest and true,
Now you see us,
We are o so blue,
Now he’s gone from this earth,
We will celebrate with a birth,
With the last bit of Greg,
Though we will never forget,
The good things he has done,
And the happiness he has brought in our lives....
Love you Brother Greg, you are truly missed!!!"
"Greg and I attended Lutheran West together. He was always so kind to me and everyone. I cannot believe he is gone. It seems as if God places His most beautiful creations in our mist and then decides they're too beautiful for this world and takes them back. Heaven is most certainly a place too magnificent for us to imagine because I know many beautiful souls that are there...... RIP Greg!"
"Oh my God! He was a tremendous and special person. It was my privilege to meet him at U of M, to become friends with him, to be mentored by him and to simply experience his kind, playful and positive spirit. I thank God for the blessing of knowing him…he has impacted my life to this very day. That brotha turned me on to some afro-centric/black empowerment ideas and books (e.g., "Visions of a Black Man' by Na'im Akbar; which was an excellent brief read that I have gone on to recommend to many brothas in my general age group, and especially to younger ones. In fact, I bought it and sent it to a few of my closest boys!) along with some scientific support that convinced me to stop eating red meat or pork waaaay back in…maybe '94-'95. I haven't had ANY till this very day! That one book he introduced me to lead me to read several of that authors books and really opened up my perspective, further stoked my interest in and motivated me to read many other similar/related books. In fact, I was just re-telling someone in the past couple weeks about him, his amazing intellect, his kind and welcoming spirit and some memorable moments I had with him. As I reflect, although we were both on North Campus, I really started talking with him on basketball court and because of him I really discovered and initially frequented the ELRC starting in my 2nd year. As a result of his cool, fun and welcoming spirit, I was able to meet the wonderful crew of folks who banded together in support of one another to make it through Michigan's brutal engineering program. God blessed me multiple times through Greg and I am thankful! May God continue to bless you, open his arms to you and welcome you home to eternal peace and paradise…you deserve it."
"I believe the words Greg is hearing now are from Matthew 25 (NIV):
"Well done, good and faithful servant! ... Come and share your master’s happiness!"
"Although I didn't know much about Gregory Posey, I DID AND STILL DO KNOW he cared about the well being and future of our youth. Going outside his way to teach and guide young men and women to make sure they live their lives to the fullest the way God intended. Such a blessing in so many ways.. Pushing for education and prosperity in the lives of those he touched,, He will forever be missed, loved, appreciated."
"Greg was a special young man who was always there when needed - always with a smile - always willing to pitch in. I will always remember his contributions to everyone and everything. It has been a pleasure to see all the accolades he received for his teaching abilities. Rest in Peace Greg.
Love and hugs,"
"My cousin you will truly be missed. You were always so concerned about the rest of us. You were a very busy man but never too busy for family or friends. You made sure that you if you were in town you took time out our of your busy schedule to visit. You even offered to escort me to my Christmas party a few weeks ago. I am so sorry that we did not get to see each other, when you were here. I still feel blessed that when you called, we were able to tell each other we loved each other,so many people don't get that chance. Love Always"
"This was a WONDERFUL Man of Christ and I will miss debating with him at Bible Study and Bible Trivia...I'm honored that I was able to meet my cousin and get to know him these past three years."
"Greg is and will always be a big part of my families life. He was so generous with his time. He encouraged me and my sons to be better men. I will always cherish the time he spent with me and my kids. He will be truly missed."
"It was a lot of years ago, but I was privileged to be Greg's math teacher throughout high school at Lutheran West. What a brilliant mathematical mind! One of the top students I have ever had in 33 years of teaching. There were times I didn't need to make an answer key for a test...just find Greg's test and use it as the key!
I still remember that despite his great intellect, he remained a nice, quiet, and humble kid. I always wondered what he would do with his life, and from all these tributes, it sounds like he has done quite well for himself. Greg will be greatly missed!
May God grant comfort to those who mourn his loss. Greg, we will see you again one day!"
"I met Greg at Michigan. I have fond memories of talking to him in the hallway of Markley dorm. :-) You have my sincere condolences."
"Ok, I'm gonna tell it. When Billy and Dana became adolescent, I taught them about birthcontrol. I bought a box of condoms and vaginal foam that can prevent pregnancy most of the time, to show them and taught them where to go and feel safe about asking questions about anything
Fast forward to some weekend Billy and Gregory were together
THEY WERE PASSING OUT COMDONS TO THE NEIGHBOORHOOD KIDS IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE. From "Mighty Orbots and Comic book archives"
"I can remember the last time I saw Greg. We had a birthday get together for granddaddy. Greg stayed up stairs because the game was on. I ask him was he going to eat? and he said yes but didn't move. So I ask him would you like me to fix you something? He said, "that would be so kind of you cousin." And we both laughed. Never thought that would be the last time I fix him a plate, or the last time we laughed together. Your job was well done here on earth Greg, it was well done. You are truly missed cousin."
"Rest in Heavenly Peace, Greg!"
"Greg was an amazing and kind friend. I will never forget our days in the ELRC studying for engineering exams. He will be missed! May God bless his family during this difficult time! You are in my thoughts and prayers!"
"Gregory, my life is forever better for having shared so many years with you. Thank you, Dear....you showed me what it was, to truly have someone love you. You taught me what it was to truly have a friend. I will cherish you for all of my days. You were a wonderful spirit, a true force to be reckoned with.
What a beautiful mind. What strong convictions, sense of purpose and willingness to stand up for what you believe.
Thank you for giving humanity so much to live up to.
God truly blessed us through you.
Rest in glory....rest in glory!
Your friend, confidante and former wife -- Shamaya"
"We were blessed to have had an angel in our midst, for forty years, Thank You God, Praise God, Praise God, Thank you God. Angels don't always come with wings
Vera A Williams"
"To my cousin/brother whom I love I will always remember the kindness you showed to all. Also all the times you and Billy allowed me to be your third wheel growing up. I am so grateful to have known you so blessed and inspire me to be a better person I celebrate your life.
Psalm 100:1-5 ESV
A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. You have run your race your job is done many know God because of you. I love you Gregory and I will tell all I know about the love of God so we continue to spread his word as you have."
"We done thou good and faithful servant"
"Words can not express how I feel. Greg was and always will be missed dearly!!!!! God has gained another angel!!!!!!. I will always remember when the class of 91 had a mini reunion, and we all went out to dinner after church, we had a blast. Greg had to leave...then shortly we were ready to leave, we were waiting for the bill. We waited for almost 15 minutes, so we decided to get waitress, she had told us that before Greg had left, he had already paid for our bill!!! That was so awesome and kind of him, especially since the bill was not cheap!!! He was a true man of God. I and the entire lutheran west high school alums will miss him dearly!!!!! Rest in peace my brother!!!!!!!!"
"I'll never know why I was so blessed to have had Gregory in my life. Maybe God knew I needed an Angel; and so, in the midst of this unbelievable, mind-numbing grief, I thank Him, for granting me Greg as my forever friend.
Yes, indeed, he was just a wonderful, inspirational man of rock-solid faith. He never put me down, knowing so many of my shortcomings. Instead, he pushed me to see the good within myself, and build on that. And he shared that abundance of goodwill with so many others.
He's gone so suddenly. And I didn't get to tell him, again, how much he helped me strive to find my God-given purpose, and just how much I love him for being a once-in-a-lifetime friend.
When I would tell him he was a 'Rock' for so many people, he would correct me, saying he was God's servant. And what a great one he was!
I'll miss everything about him, yet I'll forever cherish his memory, and the positive impact he's made on my life. The times he made me smile when I wanted to cry. His spirit will live on. So in the tough days to come, I'll stop, think of him, and smile, knowing he's one of God's leading Angels."
"Greg was and is one of the most compassionate, wise and sincere souls that a person can hope to know in a lifetime. I feel fortunate to have been privileged to know him and call him brother. He was always someone who could make you smile, think, and want to do better. He grew in his Christian faith and provided a great every-day example of how to walk in love and treat people with respect. I have tremendous respect for the brother's mind and more so his heart. He always kept his ego in check and truly became a drum major for love and helping as many brothers and sisters as he could along the way. One of my fondest memories was the times spent in Greg Harden's basement where the three of us would rap for hours about everything under the sun, watch kung fu movies, break bread, and play pool. The thing I will miss most is his wit and smile. RIP brother - I know your spirit is alive and remains with us. Thank you for living an exemplary life. You've done well."
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