Lavonda Jo Greer Eastup was born August 29, 1931 in Valdasta, Texas, Collin County, & she passed away on October 19, 2018. She was a long time Greenville resident. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ira Albert Greer & Maxine Lottie Box Greer, sister Grinita Greer Bishop, son, Reggie Dale Eastup, & former husband, A.C. Eastup, Jr. She is survived by Daughters: Lana Kay Gates, Debra Darlene Brashears, Son, Allen Ray Eastup. Grandchildren: Rachel Gates Corbani, Tonna Dishner, Melissa Jackson, Jennifer Burrous, Brooke Brashears, & Jillian Brashears,: Great grandchildren: James Dishner, Abigail Dishner, Mason Dishner, Kaitlyn McGill, Bryanna Jordan, Hannah Jordan, Bradley Nathan Brashears, Bella Gionna Corbani, & Franco Dario Corbani, Sister: Rhelda Bailey of McKinney, Texas, as well as many nieces, nephews & friends. Lavonda was a devoted member of Cash Baptist Church. She was also an avid poet & writer who had earned numerous awards. She was inducted into the “Who’s Who in Poetry”, & was inducted into the “World of Poetry Organization,” where she received her award in Sacramento, California in 1992. She had poems published in several books including Great Poems of the Western World 1990, The World Poem Anthology 1991, Gold & Silver Poems 1992, Poems That Will Live Forever 1993, Our World’s Favortire Poems, On The Threshold of a Dream, Vol. 3, 1992, selected Works of Our Worlds Best Poets, Best Poems of the 90’s, & National Library of Poetry. She was also honored for awards for 4 of her poems which were set to music & released by Rainbow Records in 1991 & 1992. Lavonda was the recipient of numerous awards and plaques for poetry, & was inducted into the International Poetry Hall of Fame Museum, 1996, & Great Poems of Our Time 1993. She was named to the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1997, 98, 99, & 2000. She was published in Letters From the Soul 2002, The Best Poems and Poets of 2004, Labours of Love 2005, & The International Who’s Who In Poetry, 2005. In 1982, her book about Reggie, who had died tragically at 22 years old, was published- Two Wheels to Glory/The Gentle Giant along with over one hundred heartfelt poems in his honor. This book was noted as a blessing to anyone who had lost a child or loved one as it was filled with scriptures & God’s promises about Heaven & blessings to all who trusted Him. Lavonda was always quick to let you know she was a Baptist, and a very conservative Republican. She was active in Hunt County Right to Life, & wrote many articles & poems about abortion. Always a very hard worker, she worked several jobs during her lifetime including Texas Instruments, Rubbermaid, Greenville hospital Nurses Aide, Secretary, School Cook, Cleaned houses & took in ironing. Her family always came first. When she wasn’t writing, she was busy gardening, canning, cooking, baking & raising & loving cats. She derived great joy in preparing huge meals & desserts for her family & friends.